Yet another ingredient commonly found in big box store shampoos and conditioners can negatively impact your health, hair, and scalp. Let's break down DEA.
Ethanolamines, including Diethanolamine (DEA), are versatile ingredients found in various personal care products, including shampoos and cleansers. They play a role in solubilizing (ie. to make more soluble, fancy $3 word!) ingredients and enhancing the overall performance of the product.
One of the significant concerns surrounding Ethanolamines, especially cocamide DEA, is their potential to form nitrosamines. Nitrosamines are chemical compounds known to be potentially harmful, and some have been linked to cancer in studies. These nitrosamines can be formed when Ethanolamines react with certain other ingredients present in the product or when exposed to environmental factors.