DMDM Hydantoin- What’s in your shampoo?
REVISIT (May 15th, 2012): It turns out that a lot of different products contain DMDM Hydantoin in it. Believe me; I’m not excited about it. The ironic thing is that I smoke, so I put carcinogens in my body every DAY, but I don’t want them in my hair. I want to try to do anything I can to protect my hair and help it grow and be healthy. Anyways, I updated this because I checked the ingredients in the products in my shower and most of them have DMDM Hydantoin in it. Beyond that, my body wash, hair products and other things around my house also contain it. It pisses me off. I wish companies would not use it. It’s gross!
Most of the cheap drug store shampoos like Suave, Got2B, v05, Finesse, Dove, TRESemme, etc. usually contain a chemical called “DMDM Hydantoin”. What is it, you ask?
Wikipedia says “DMDM Hydantoin is an antimicrobial formaldehyde releaser preservative with the trade name Glydant. DMDM hydantoin is an organic compound belonging to a class of compounds known as hydantoins. It is used in the cosmetics industry and found in products like shampoos, hair conditioners, hair gels and skin care products.“
According to goodguide.com, “concern that this preservative releases formaldehyde into a product and may therefore cause consumer exposure to a recognized carcinogen.”
Formaldehyde is a carcinogen (cancer-causing substance). They put it in shampoo because it kills other fungus and bacteria. Ewww.
If you have any bad experiences with products containing DMDM Hydantoin or any other horrible ingredients, please let me know in the comments.If you liked this article, check out What IS a Brazilian Blow-out? To learn more about hair, check out HAIR 101!