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What The Heck Will You Do? Toxic Ingredients In Your Dippity-Do

Last week a friend of ours told us that 
they use Dippity-do.  

I have to admit in all honesty,
that I did my share of Dippity doin' in da day.

Anyone remember those massive jars of pink bubbly goop which have since evolved into more modern squeeze bottle packaging.
1960s commercial - Dippity Doo hair gel by soulpatrol

Big curls with Dippity-do but hold it! 
What the heck is in that bottle of Dippity-do goo that your smearing all over your head? 

Just as the packaging has evolved, the goo now contains a multitude of modern chemicals.

According to the Good Guide there are now 5 different formulations for the Do-Goo, all with a long list of questionable and toxic ingredients, with some vitamins and good stuff mixed in - of course ;)

Let's take a look at the Dippity-do Sport Extreme Gel, Extreme Hold, with ProVitamin B5, Here is what it contains:

Purified Water, PVP/VA Copolymer, Tetrahydroxypropyl Ethylenediame, Polysorbate 20, Glycerine, Propylene Glycol, Carbomer, Fragrance, DMDM Hydantoin, Tetrasodium EDTA, Panthenol, Methyl Paraben, BENZOPHENONE-4.

A wonderful cocktail of goo for your doo.  
It's only on your hair though so it can't be too bad right?  

How do you apply your Dippity-do? During application this goo gets on your hands and scalp, even if you wash your hands, it remins on you scalp for long periods of time.

Here's the breakdown of the goo in the do:

PVP/VA Copolymer is yellow solid derived from petroleum a film-forming chemical used as a fixative. Considered toxic. Inhaled particles can damage the lungs. Some individuals develop thesaurosis, which is foreign bodies in the lung, due to inhalation of PVP. Rats exposed to PVP developed tumors.

Tetrahydroxypropyl Ethylenediame (THPE) is a Chelating Agent, lacks safety data.

Polysorbate 20 fragrance component, a surfactant, an emulsifying agent, and a solubilizing agent. Polysorbate is a combination of sorbitol treated with carcinogenic ethylene oxide. It's called Polysorbate 20 because it's treated with 20 "parts" of ethylene oxide. It can also be contaminated with 1,4 dioxane and can contain heavy metals.

Propylene Glycol is a suspected immune system toxin, neurotoxin, reproductive toxin, respiratory toxin, and skin toxin! It also functions as a penetration enhancer, it can be more harmful when paired with other chemical additives bringing them deeper into your body and bloodstream and breaking down cells when applied topically. Even low concentrations as low as 2 percent can provoke skin irritation in some people. Propylene glycol penetrates the skin so quickly, the EPA warns against contact to prevent brain, liver and kidney abnormalities.

Carbomer is a petrochemical used as an Emulsion Stabilizer; Viscosity Increasing Agent composed of acrylic acid monomers because we all need a little plastic in our hair! There is not enough research on this ingredient to determine its toxicity.    Full-strength carbomer can be highly irritating to skin and eyes and may have a permeating effect on skin.

Fragrance can be any number of toxic chemical or mixtures of.  Over 3163 Ingredients Hide Behind the Word "Fragrance". According to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, "Companies are allowed to put nearly any chemical into fragrances, with no required safety assessments, and they can keep the ingredients secret from consumers."  Many fragrance chemicals have been linked to everything from allergic reactions, asthma, wheezing, headaches, contact dermatitis, Liver & kidney damage, hormone-disruption, cancer and everything in between. Exposure to fragrance chemicals can cause central nervous system damage, causing depression, hyperactivity, irritability, inability to cope, and other behavioral changes.

DMDM Hydantoin is a toxic antimicrobial formaldehyde releaser preservative. Exposure to formaldehyde-releasing ingredients can cause a formaldehyde allergy or an allergy to the ingredient itself and its decomposition products. Formaldehyde is a sensitizer and a proven carcinogen. Exposure to formaldehyde may cause joint pain, depression, headaches, chest pains, ear infections, chronic fatigue, dizziness and loss of sleep. It is estimated that at least 20 per cent of people exposed to DMDM hydantoin will experience an acute reaction.

Tetrasodium EDTA is a water-soluble chelating Agent which is expected to be toxic or harmful. It is a possible carcenogen, can cause enhanced skin absorption, organ system toxicity and irritation (due to animal studies that showed skin irritation at low doses)

Panthenol is a vitamin...Yay! What would a pile of chemicals be with out a good hair vitamin!

Methyl Paraben is a preservative that is readily and completely absorbed through the skin. Various studies have shown parabens to disrupt our endocrine system, and the Environmental Working Group gives it a score of 8 for a High Hazard ingredient. Parabens mimic estrogen, a hormone that is associated with breast cancer. Parabens can cause allergic reactions or contact dermatitis. Methylparaben has been linked to cancer, immunotoxicity, and organ system toxicity.

BENZOPHENONE-4 is an ultraviolet light absorber which is associated with photoallergic reactions in the sun. BENZOPHENONE-4 also assists other ingredients to penetrate the skin. There is scientific evidence suggesting it is a hormone disruptor and may be toxic to the nervous system. It is a strong photo allergen, produces free radicals that can increase skin aging and an environmental toxin.

You still want to Dipity-do?

So what to do without the goo?

You can make your own hair gel with two simple safe ingredients. 

Vegans can use aloe vera, lemon juice or agar agar to make hair styling products. If it's inconvienient for you to make your own natural hair stying gel, there is one brand I have found to contain only safe completely natural and alomost all organic ingredients.

Herbal Choice Mari offers a completely natural hair stying gel without any of those nasties.

Their safe ingredients are: Purified water (pure water), sweet orange (organic), lemongrass (organic), patchouli (organic), primrose oil (organic), olive oil (organic), guar gum (natural tree gum), green tea (leaf), thyme (organic), sage (organic), bilberry leaf (organic), burdock (organic), rose hips (organic), whole grain vodka (naturally brewed). 

Packed in bio-energy bottle, reuse or recycle. All Natural, Vegetarian, Vegan, Chemical Free, SLS Free, Detergent Free, Surfactant Free, Cruelty Free (never tested on animals). Mostly Organic or Wild Harvested Ingredients. Made in the USA. ING061410

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