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Hair Detox: It’s All About Ben… Bentonite, Benzote, Benzene

Recently I addressed the hair detox service on C’ameleon Salon’s service menu. Hair detoxing involves negatively charged Sodium Bentonite Clay rapidly removing positively charged toxins from the hair shaft.  Naturalistas that read the article and those with whom I had a discussion on hair detoxing were extremely concerned. They interpreted Sodium Bentonite to be the preservative Sodium Benzoate.

When Benzoic Acid (naturally found in fruits and spices) joins Sodium Hydroxide it results in the production of Sodium Benzoate. Sodium Benzoate appears to be safe. However, when Sodium Benzoate meets citric acid or Vitamin C, they form Benzene (a chemical associated with blood cancers such as leukemia).

Sodium Benzoate is a preservative.  Citric acid keeps shampoos and conditioners pH balance at 5.5 (this ensures that the cuticle is closed, lays flat, and appears shiny and healthy). Vitamin C has excellent astringent and clarifying properties. The probability of all 3 of these ingredients existing in a shampoo, conditioner or topical agent is high.

Yes…even in natural and professional salon products! burts-bees more-examples-of-shampoos-and-conditioners-with-sodium-benzoate-2 matrix more-examples-of-shampoos-and-conditioners-with-sodium-benzoate

Do-It-Yourself Hair Remedies

However, there are some DIY (do-it-yourself) hair remedies that are definitely carcinogenic free to the hair and scalp. Here is one example:

  • Mix a tablespoon of baking soda with one cup of water;

    Samantha's Shea Elixir
    Samantha’s Shea Elixir
  • Let the mixture sit on the hair and scalp for five minutes;
  • Rinse thoroughly then apply raw honey for conditioning;
  • After rinsing the raw honey, use Samantha’s Shea Elixir for styling (roller set, twist set, or blow out).

To learn more about Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Vitamin C and how they affect the hair product you use, contact me at or call 919-599-6525/919-361-6928

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Samantha Huntley
Nothing tells the story of success like the one of Forecaster, Trendsetter, Educator, Beauty Columnist, Salon Owner, and Celebrity Master Hair Stylist Samantha "Sam" Huntley. Armed with a Bachelors degree from North Carolina Central University and a Cosmetology accreditation from Vance Granville Community College she began her dynamic beauty career. Huntley's unique and award winning hair creations instantly deemed her to be one of the most sought after hairstylist in Durham and the surrounding cities. In 1999 she became an International Brand Ambassador (educator) for the Professional Sales Division of Bronner Brother's Inc. While traveling throughout the United States, the Caribbean, and Europe teaching her techniques to other hairstylists Huntley became driven to understand the structural composition of a strand of hair and how the hair shaft response to chemicals and ingredients of nature. She served as the Artistic and Educational Director (BB) Professional Sales Division from 2003 until 2014. Currently she shares her knowledge in her column in Spectacular Magazine.

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