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What are some gluten free hair products?

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Some examples of gluten-free hair products are Gluten-Free Savonnerie, Organique, Jason Natural, Desert Essence and Head Organics. These lines produce more organic shampoos, conditioners and styling products.

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There are many ways to determine whether a hair product is free of gluten. One option is to exclusively use products from manufacturers that clearly state that they are gluten free on the label. Another option is to call the manufacturer's customer hotline or perform a web search to investigate the product's ingredients. Finally, being aware of different names for gluten is helpful. On product labels, gluten may be listed as hydrolyzed wheat protein, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, wheat germ oil, triticum vulgare or stearyl dimonium hydroxypropyl. Avoiding all of these ingredients is a good way to minimize exposure to gluten.

Celiac disease is the condition most often associated with gluten sensitivity, according to Lucy Cornford, head of beauty care, household, and lifestyles research at Mintel Market Research Group. While celiac disease primarily has gastrointestinal symptoms, says Cornford, in some cases the disease can manifest itself as headaches, fatigue, hair loss and skin irritation. To that end, more celiacs and gluten-sensitized people are taking a step further than just dietary changes. "People are searching for a gluten-free lifestyle," states Cornford.

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