When it comes to food, people always say, “You are what you eat.”
And when it comes to hair and beauty products, “What goes on (on your body), goes in.”
You (or someone you know) probably has a gluten allergy or sensitivity. But what is gluten? And how do you know if you should go gluten-free?
And if you're thinking about going gluten-free (or already are), you should know it goes beyond just the food you eat. To fully go gluten-free, your hair and beauty products should also fit the profile.
Let’s start with a few basic questions. Hopefully by the time you're done reading, you'll know if eliminating gluten from your hair and beauty regimen is right for you.
What is gluten?
According to Google, “Gluten is a substance present in cereal grains, especially in wheat, that is responsible for the elastic texture of dough. A mixture of two proteins causes illness in people with celiac disease.”
Celiac disease, caused by an abnormal immune response to gluten, can damage the lining of the small intestine. As a result, celiac disease can prevent important nutrients from being absorbed! Not cool.
Research suggests that 1 in 133 Americans has celiac disease. Yet, 83% of Americans who have celiac disease are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed with other conditions.
What are some benefits of using gluten-free hair products?
People who use gluten-free hair products often see positive results such as:
- Restored moisture
- Decreased hair loss
- Improved natural shine
- Reduced hair damage
- Increased hair growth
How are these benefits possible by following a gluten-free hair care regimen? Because you’re using great products that maximize your body’s ability to soak in as many nutrients as possible.
What are hair and beauty brands saying about gluten-free products?
AG Hair is proud to be a supporter of gluten-free hair products. According to their website, “Yes, AG products are completely gluten-free. Having said this, we strongly suggest that individuals diagnosed with Celiac Disease or who have any concerns whatsoever to consult with their physician prior to using any cosmetic product.
You may notice some of our products contain ingredients such as wheat and oat protein. Through a process called hydrolysis, we extract the amino acids from these proteins. Once they have been extracted, based on FDA and International standards, they are considered gluten-free.”
I appreciate AG Hair’s openness and integrity. And obviously, I love AG Hair products as well! As a flat iron addict, I’m a huge fan of the AG Hair Firewall Heat Protectant. You need to add this to your collection if you’re using a hair straightener on a daily basis like me.
For more information on how to gluten-free your beauty routine, check out our article on gluten-free make-up.