The founder and previous owner of Aussie hair care products, Tom Redmond now leads Onesta Hair Care. Like Aussie, Tom Redmond’s new company promotes safe botanical ingredients and avoids dangerous chemicals in its product line of shampoos, conditioners, and other items.
Other companies’ salon products often contain detrimental chemicals, such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), present in body washes, shampoos, and soaps as a foaming agent. (It also has industrial applications, such as cleaning garage floors and removing grease from auto engines.) SLS has been linked to scalp and eye irritation and tangled hair. Possible connections have also been found to organ and nerve toxicity and interference with the endocrine system.
Although SLS is derived from a natural source (coconuts), the manufacturing process often adds in 1,4-dioxane. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health identifies this substance as a potential carcinogen that may cause problems with the central nervous system, liver, and kidneys.
Research has yet to focus on the long-term effects on body care consumers of SLS and related chemicals, such as sodium laureth sulfate and ammonium lauryl sulfate. The Environmental Working Group advises using alternatives to these chemicals.