Friday, 22 March 2013

Nut oils in hair products. What's that all about then?

Food allergies: Nut oils in hair products
Caution: You may find these in your hair (products)

I have the best hairdresser.

You know you're in good hands when you can just regress in the chair and nod soporifically at the talented lady who is whispering sweet, comforting words about how she's going to make you look amazing and it will really suit your face and it will add life and layers and bounce and you can just relax and....zzzzzzz.

Yes, I love my hairdresser.

She recently removed a goodly amount of my barnet (what's with my writing today? I've gone all Beatrix Potter crossed with Shakespeare with a touch of cor blimey guvn'a East Ender. Weird.) and I'm all revamped and re-energised, etc.

Anyway, ever the sucker for expensive hair products, I enquired after the serum she'd used to make my locks look so sleek.

And imagine my horror to find...it had Macadamia nut oil in it!

Well, in all my born days (sorry, I can't stop) I never would have thought to check whether a hair product might have nut oil in it.

Because it seems a bit weird to put an anaphylaxis-inducing allergen into a hair product doesn't it?

And although I'm not allergic to nuts, my daughter has allergies to hazelnuts and Brazil nuts and the whole nut subject makes me pretty twitchy. So I wouldn't be lining up to run my nut oiled fingers through her hair.

The message here people, is that nuts could be EVERYWHERE. Even on your head.

So next time you're dozing off in the hairdresser's chair, remember to do a quick speed read of the hair product ingredients first.

Which is a bit of a depressing thought isn't it?

But better than hives on your head, or a blues and twos ride to A&E.

Forewarned and all that...

Has anyone else had a 'nut in weird location' experience recently?

Come on, hit me with your nut horror stories and let's all be scandalised and worried together!


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10 comments:

sugarpuffish said...

I've been using this product for years but I don't have a nut allergy. However, I thought macadamia was a fruit/seed not a nut? Anyway, I'm a beauty blogger and the other day I had a sample of hand cream containing peanut oil & lactose, that certainly made me sit back and think as I do have a dairy allergy.

Clare Taylor said...

We have this problem all the time with skin products for the boys: because they are such sensitive little flowers and the slightest thing sets off their eczema (chemical wise) we were warned to use non-chemical sunscreen for them. All well and good, but 90% of the otherwise excellent bio sunscreens have some form of nut oil in them - and neither of my sons can have those anywhere near their skins. Wouldn't mind but the ingredients in these things are always in REAAAALLLY small print - not good for my eyesight...

Girly Girl said...

I had no idea. I'm not allergic or anything, but it's good to know. Is coconut considered a nut? That's the only "nut" oil I would put in my hair.

Iota said...

I read the ingredients of cosmetics and soaps and things these days. Did you know Sodium Lauryl Sulphate is known to be cancer-inducing? It's in almost everything.

Charisma said...

I definitely look at the labels of all my products, even hand soaps! I am allergic to soy, and it is surprising to see how many hair conditioners, hand lotions, and soaps have soy in it. For me, it makes my hair or hands itch, depending on where I put the product.

Pig in the Kitchen said...

Sugarpuffish, I've had a Google and the Macadamia is listed as a tree nut. And eek to the hand cream sample with peanut oil and lactose!!? How scary...

Clare T, I'm puzzled by the tree nut oil thing...would we really notice the difference if it weren't in these products? It's clearly not a key selling point or it would be slathered (oh geddit?!) all over the packaging, so why can't they use something different...

Girly Girl, the coconut is not usually classed as a nut, but to cover my arse, here's an explanation! http://www.anaphylaxis.org.uk/what-is-anaphylaxis/faqs#2

Oh Iota, Now you've scared me. I hate learnign about new carcinogens. Soon I will only wash with water and let my hair drip grease and only eat...hmm, what could I eat that wouldn't give me cancer??! It seems that all food does...

Charisma, I'm going to join your band from now on and check EVERYTHING. I had some spotty reaction to Head and Shoulders' 'new formula' shampoo recently, but as I don't know what I'm reacting to, I just have to avoid the whole range. Grrrr...

Mac said...

I had been washing my milk allergic baby with a specific brand of baby soap for about 5 months before I noticed that milk was one of the ingredients. A total freak out on my part then followed. Luckily, he never reacted, but that was pure, total, luck. Since then I do read the ingredients on the soaps/bath products I give the kids, but I have to admit, I don't check mine. I will be off to do that shortly :/

I was warned to watch out for garden mulch. Some people here in the States have found peanut shells in the mulch they placed on the soil. My boys love playing in the garden - digging, building mud pies etc., - so... yeah. That would be a problem.

Alex Gazzola said...

I work on SkinsMatter.com - a site devoted to skincare / skin allergies - and this is the sort of query and concern we hear of all the time.

It's actually very common to find wheat protein in hair products, as these penetrate hair follicles and volumise - which may be a concern to some readers.

I wrote about this subject more here: http://www.skinsmatter.com/eczema_and_skin_conditions/pers_care_prods/articles/gluten_cosmetics_gazzola_11_11.html

I also blogged about food allergens in skincare here: http://www.skinsmatter.com/blog/?p=1

Hope you don't mind me posting these links - it's a subject we're very interested in and the feedback here is useful to us.

Alex.

Rae Rae said...

So do you have any tips on nut free shampoo and conditioner?! I'm struggling to find one that is really good for dry-post baby hair! It seems they all have nut oils because thats what makes them really smooth and soft?!

freefrommum said...

What about milk in washing up liquid?! I was horrified in work one day to read that Ecover washing up liquid contained milk! Thank god I've never used this at home - imagine washing my son's dishes in something that he's allergic to?