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The New Hair Product Offering From DAX And Why I Would Not Use It

DAX roots jojoba oilI had this question from one of our visitors last week and I thought it was important to highlight it.

There is a new product from Dax that states no petrolatum, no mineral oil. But the main ingredients is hydrogenated vegetable oils, is that good for the hair? Other ingredients are coconut oil, castor oil, and of course jojoba what about the hydrogenated vegetable oils??

The product in question is Dax Roots Jojoba Oil pictured here. So why wouldn’t I use it if it does not have the dreaded mineral oil? Two words Hydrogenated Oil. Manufacturers use hydrogenated oils in cosmetics first because they are cheap and transport well and secondly, they contribute to a thicker more luxurious final product.

Anyone who has ever gone on a health or weight loss kick will no doubt have heard about the dangers of hydrogenated & partially hydrogenated oils also known as trans fats. The primary risk for trans fats is the increased risk for heart disease. A 1994 study attributed an estimated 30000 deaths per year to the consumption of trans fats and by 2006 100,000 deaths were being suggested. These oils increase the risk for heart disease more so than any other macronutrient.

But that’s not the only the only reason why trans fats are bad news. Just to drive the point home, here are 3 more reasons why you should never consume trans fats, they increase the risk for the following diseases too:

1. Cancer

2. Type 2 diabetes

3. Autoimmune disease

Ok, ok, so whats the big deal, they are only hair products, we are not going to eat them, right? Even if you do not directly consume them, anything that touches the skin has the potential to be absorbed into the bloodstream. Surprise, human skin is porous! That’s why you can apply ibuprofen cream directly at the site of pain and have the pain disappear shortly thereafter. Some of these topical medicines even have warnings that applying too much in a short period of time has the potential to cause death due to large amounts being absorbed into the bloodstream.

I always have a cursory glance at ingredients in any new products I purchase. I may still buy a product if it has something there that I don’t recognize (which is common with hair stuff!), but seeing the word hydrogenated in the labels sets alarm bells ringing in my head as it should in yours. Seriously folks, even mineral oil is better than hydrogenated oil. The molecules of mineral oil are too large to penetrate the skin so it may clog your skin’s pores but won’t get the chance do do more damage inside your body.

We can’t live forever but I’m sure we all want quality of life as we age and battling heart disease, cancer or diabetes in our twilight years is not ideal. Natural hair products all the way!

**Edit**

I thought this was pretty obvious going by the title of the article but due to some of the comments that I get I would like to state categorically that this is purely an OPINION POST. You may not agree with me for whatever reason which is fine but my opinion holds.

 

**Further Edit**

The product lists ‘hydrogenated vegetable oil’ which doesn’t really specify the actual oil used. Here is some unsettling information about hydrogenated castor oil. Please note I am not saying that Dax contains this particular ingredient but as a common hydrogenated oils has been shown to be of concern, it does cast ALL hydrogenated oils in beauty products under a suspicious light imo.





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Hi! I'm Alma Ruddock, a full time blogger. I stumbled on a hair care forum in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair forever!. I started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to bring new information about hair on both this website and my personal blog.



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32 Comments

  1. 1

    Amen! Trans fats are the devil!

  2. 2

    I am trippin!!! For once, I thought I found a good product with Castor oil, only to realize HYDROGENATED oils are worse than Mineral oil!!! Thank u for pointing this out!!

  3. 4

    first formaldehyde, now hydrogenated oils. when will they quit putting rubbish in our food and hair stuff? 

  4. 5

    Disgraseful from DAX. I’m sick of industry sneaking dangerous cr*p into our food and cosmetics. WTF??

  5. 6
    Graycatt4 says:

    Hydrogenated oils are saturated fats and saturated fats do not readily penetrate the skin. Hydrogenation of an oil or fat results in stearic acid which is saturated, these are not very water soluble which is what reduces its ability to penetrate the skin. Further more the skin which is our major barrier has methods of metabolizing, and safely eliminating substances that penetrate its layers. Topical application of hydrogenated oils will not enter into your body, nor contribute to your blood levels of fatty acids unless you applied it maybe to an open cut. The reason why ibuprofen penetrates is due to its molecular weight as well as additives that are used as carriers to help it to diffuse throughout the skins barriers. Oh and I’m a toxicologist so this is an informed scientific post.

    • 7

      Interesting point Graycatt4. If you relax and you have scabs on your scalp then like you said, you may just get penetration of these fatty acids so I wouldn’t take the risk to be perfectly honest. In any case, it’s time the industry learnt not to throw cheap ingredients into our hair products and promote them as good for the hair. There are many quality natural oils and fats to choose from like coconut, olive etc, I don’t see why I should waste my hard earned cash on the cheap stuff. that will just coat my hair. Coconut oil is uniquely able to penetrate the hair strands and reduce protein loss and olive oil will coat the strands to seal in moisture. There are so many other natural oils like jojoba, castor etc, that are preferable to cheap hydrogenated oils. Sorry to carry on but I get really peeved by manufactures sometimes treating black ppl like second class citizens. :(

      • 8

        err some of us like to coat our strands (4c) all the “penetrating oils” disappear after 2 minutes of application. and why does everything have to do with race?? o.O really?? please take it from the toxicologist, except u eat the cream tho :| besides dax castor oil and bergamot pomade grew my edges faster than all the “natural bs”. our folks used these pomades on us. So sick of all these natural product nazis. drink some water and chill!!

  6. 9

    It is very unfortunate the misconceptions people have from reading poor literiture. The reality is that for your body to process a hydrogenated vegetable oil as you have stated the material must pass through your digestive system and be abosorbed into your body through your intestines. This is how we absorb fat, sugars and other very essential nutrients and vitamins that we derive from food. In no way shape or form can a hydrogenated vegetebale oil be absorbed through the scalp even with a scab on the scalp. This is false information. Please refer to a doctor prior to making claims such as the one in your article.

    • 10

      Carry on using the hydrogenated stuff then and we will carry on not using them.

      • 11

        @ Michelle, like I said above there are many quality natural oils and fats to choose from like coconut, olive etc, I don’t see why I should waste my hard earned cash on the cheap stuff. Plus there are is preliminary research showing that lipids can be absorbed through the skin

  7. 12

    In fact using materials such as Hydrogentated Vegetable Oil will minimize what is called TEWL (Trans-Epidermal Water Loss) which will allow the moisture (water)content on your skin and hair to remain and not evaporate or disipate so rapidly.

    • 13

      And your point is? Doesn’t olive oil or sebum do the same?

      • 14

        Sebum is another word for oil. Olive oil can have similar atttributes; however it will run and not remain on the skin long enough such as a thicker textured material. The bottom line is that the concerns you noted in your article do not apply in the case of a hair care or skin care product since in order for a Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil to be absorbed and have the effects you noted it must be ingested and absorbed through the intestinal tract over a period of time. Please do the appropriate research before you make claims you cannot back up.

        • 15

          SERIOUSLY?? Olive oil won’t remain on the skin long enough? Where are you getting this stuff from? LOL. Bottom line for me is that I stand by my article and you and I will have to agree to disagree.

          • 16

            Sounds about right. Just wish you knew your facts before making false claims.

          • 17

            I would like to have my say too. Even though I can’t confirm the validity of the statement that fat is absorbed through the skin, nobody can because there hasn’t been enough research into the matter. The link Alma provided shows that it is certainly possible but far from decisively confirmed.

            Michelle Rivera I think you are missing the point of the article that natural oils are the best. Olive oil is a fabulous moisturizer. It has been used around the mediterranean for thousands of years and remains superior to all man made hydrogenated fats.

            Personally I wouldn’t eat hydrogenated oils because of the CONFIRMED heath concerns. Does that mean that I want them in my hair products? Hell no! Much the same as a vegan searches out cosmetic products that don’t contain lanolin or other ingredients of animal origin.

            It’s a matter of principal and if you dont get that, then we can’t change the cosmetics industry for the better.

          • 18

            I have seen ‘contains wheat gluten’ in some cosmetic products too. Aint nobody going to be eating handcream yet they feel the need to warn coeliacs to avoid the products? Of course stuff gets thru the skin. Duh

          • 19

            even if your points are vaild, you come off as very rude. You could right your own article, and that would be more helpful. But why be informative when you can be rude?

          • 20
            Stephanie Tabva says:

            Actually olive oil’s molecular weight is smaller compared to majority of oils and hydrogenated oils .The weight of hydrogenated oils is very heavy and is better at preventing dermal water loss. This article with all due respect is incorrect chemistry wise , you have to admit. First I would like to add the fact the it is your villi and microvilli, which have a high density on the epidermis of your small intestine that absorb most of the nutrients. These villi and microvilli are incredibly small and lead everything to the blood vessels. . Even with the fact that the pores are larger they can not take hydrogenated oil to the blood vessels. Also many shampoos , lotions , deodorants , conditioners etc contain hydrogenated castor oil. These are never absorbed into your bloodstream. Lets not forget that before nutrients are absorbed in the small intestine they have been broken down by the stomach with the help of hydrochloric acid. this will not be taking place with the dax. Molecular weight is the issue here .

  8. 21

    I would like to have my say too. Even though I can’t confirm the validity of the statement that fat is absorbed through the skin, nobody can because there hasn’t been enough research into the matter. The link Alma provided shows that it is certainly possible but far from decisively confirmed.

    @Michelle Rivera I think you are missing the point of the article that natural oils are the best. Olive oil is a fabulous moisturizer. It has been used around the mediterranean for thousands of years and remains superior to all man made hydrogenated fats.

    Personally I wouldn’t eat hydrogenated oils because of the CONFIRMED heath concerns. Does that mean that I want them in my hair products? Hell no! Much the same as a vegan searches out cosmetic products that don’t contain lanolin or other ingredients of animal origin.

    It’s a matter of principal and if you dont get that, then we can’t change the cosmetics industry for the better.

  9. 22
    Obviously says:

    Michelle obviously works for Dax

  10. 23

    Come on people, let’s calm down. Everyone’s entitled to their opinion and @facebook-1035916644:disqus is no exception. I certainly believe that there’s a case to be answered but she does not. In any event we have agreed to disagree.

  11. 24
    I dont buy it says:

    Sorry, but I belive this is rubbish. Clogging my arteries through my scalp, okay, I guess we shouldnt use cholestorol conditioners either. I cant belive that anyone is naive enough to just take this article as fact. All hair care products clearly state that they are for external use only because ingesting them would make you sick. Shea Moistures shampoo is free of harmful ingredients but if I drink it, I know I’ll get sick however, using it on my scalp wont cause it to seep into my bloodstream to make me sick. Sorry but the info here doesnt sound well thought out.

    • 25

      That’s apples and pears. I’m no doctor but even I know that cholesterol is very important to normal functioning of the body by regulating the stiffness of cell membranes amongst other things so all in all, a very natural ingredient. What I am going to do however is be flippant about the use of a substance that does not occur in any significant quantity in nature. We all thought relaxers were fine and dandy until they were linked to uterine tumors and early age of menache didn’t we? Yet people still use them.

      Look, there has to be a reason why black people in the west have a lower life expectancy than other races. Could it be because we tend to live in rougher neighborhoods where life expectancy is lower anyway? Possibly. Could it be because a lot of us live below the poverty line so cannot make good food choices? Possibly. But could it also be that we are more commonly marketed and tend to buy skin bleaches, hair straighteners and other products that have questionable ingredients. Again possibly.

      The truth is that we don’t know the inner workings of our bodies well enough to know the long term effects of eating or using laboratory made products like trans fats.

      Can I also mention that in the title I have qualified the article as opinion by stating that these are the reasons why **I** would not use this product, it’s clearly an opinion post that is not intended as fact. If I mean to write a scientific review of trans fats, I would have said that these are the reasons why **you** shouldn’t use the product. Comment (opinion) is free but facts are sacred goes the line. So until we have more facts about this matter, all most of us can come up with is opinion. Everyone is free to form theirs.

  12. 26
    Husseenah Abdul Jabbar says:

    Well what about regular vegetable oil? Is that bad for hair?

    • 27
      Shaniqua says:

      Nope, not that I can see. Vegetable oils are fine, it’s only when they are hydrogenated that they become a bit iffy. I don’t think Alma actually said that they were bad for hair though. More that there are better natural oils to use.

  13. 28
    essensu says:

    Hydrogenated oils can not be absorbed through the skin, as the molecules are too large to be able to be absorbed. Straight up vegetable oil can be absorbed and moisturize the skin or hair, but not one which has been put through the hydrogenation process. In the product you are writing about here, hydrogenated vegetable oil was used as a thickener, viscosity builder, and to help retain moisture on the hair. It was used for its aesthetic properties, and its performance properties. Combined with the other oils, I think the product sounds like a great choice for those needing this type of product. It is in no way the same thing as ingesting hydrogenated oils, which should be avoided by anyone concerned with maintaining good health.

  14. 29
    lm119 lm119 says:

    Good article! I never really thought about how using hydrogenated oils topically could be harmful.

  15. 30
    Stephanie Tabva says:

    This product is not necessarily harmful , it excellent for sealing moisture though. And absorption is impossible through the skin considering the key word hydrogenated

  16. 31

    lol, yeah go troll somewhere else with your theories on olive oil! Someone should tell all those mediterannean women that olive oil is just sliding off their skin. What a pile of nonesense!

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