Good hair treatments do not have to be expensive

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Silicones in cures. But there are also products that do without the liquid plastics. © Christin Klose/dpa-tmn

They should be anything: voluminous, smooth, curly. Above all, shiny and healthy. Hair doesn’t have it easy. Cures should help them. But which ones are good?

Frankfurt/Main – blow-drying, coloring, straightening – and then swimming pool water and sun: our everyday life is usually just as little relaxing for our hair as our holidays. No wonder we want to treat them to a cure.

The magazine “Öko-Test” examined 42 hair treatments and hair masks – and also took a look at possible pollutants, such as the proportion of recycled plastics in the plastic packaging (issue 7/22).

Natural cosmetics convince

After all, 27 hair treatments and masks scored “very good”, including all 17 natural cosmetic products and the two cheapest products in the test, the conventional hair treatments from the brands “Bevola” from Kaufland and “Today” from Rewe/Penny. Both cost 17 cents per 25 milliliters.

But not all cures were convincing. Four were rated as “inadequate” and five as “unsatisfactory”. For example, the eco-testers complained that almost every fifth product was perfumed with the artificial musk scents Galaxolid or Tonalid. Both are suspected of disrupting the hormone system. The preservative chloromethylisothiazolinone (CIT), which is considered to irritate the skin, was detected in three treatments.

Better without silicones

The testers also found silicones in twelve of the hair treatments examined. “The liquid plastic forms a thin film around the hair and repairs minor damage here,” says the test report. In the long run, however, they could weigh down the hair and prevent care products from getting inside the hair. Another disadvantage: silicones only degrade slowly in the environment. dpa

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