Consumer advocates: – Hair conditioners contain “unnecessary” chemicals


Hair conditioners often contain “unnecessary and problematic” chemicals. This is evident from a test by the Association for Consumer Information (VKI), in which 13 conditioners were examined. Not a single product has failed.

Both the discount offer and the expensive Kerastase product from hairdressing supplies were tested. A total of three “Very Good”, four “Good” and six “Average” were awarded. Among the best hair conditioners was also the cheapest product, which costs 32 cents per 100 milliliters. The central result: Although all conditioners care for the hair, substances have been found in six products (from the brands Cien, Garnier Fructis, Hema, Schwarzkopf Gliss Kur and Syoss) that can disrupt the hormonal balance of an organism.

“Even though the chance that the substances enter the body through hair conditioners is small, the use of these chemicals in conditioners is absolutely not necessary,” says VKI chemical expert Birgit Schiller. They could be replaced relatively easily with less problematic substances, which is also good for the environment.

Impact on the environment unclear
The use of silicones, which are intended to support the caring effect, is also unnecessary. “What is problematic, however, is that these compounds accumulate in the environment – ​​with unclear ecological effects.”

In addition, many manufacturers could improve their packaging, consumer advocates say. For example, recycled material is rarely used and up to 18 percent (36 milliliters) of the contents could not be removed from the bottle at all.

Source: Krone


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