Coal Tar Good For Your Hair?

Picture this. You have dandruff. Every time you shake your head, brush it or a breeze blows through it, you head is having a small snow shower. Also you can forget wearing dark colors because it tells everyone how bad your dandruff is. So you buy a shampoo specifically for dandruff or a doctor’s prescribes you’re a medicated shampoo. Since you don’t bother to look on the label, you’d skip over the fact that there’s a good chance it’s made with coal tar.

What is coal tar? It’s a coal by-product used for roofing jobs and a nice sealant underneath shingles. In addition to the sealing agents, coal tar also works as an insulating agent, working with the wall insulation to help maintain a comfortable temperature inside the building, regardless of the outside weather.

Many animals develop sensitivities to the detergent chemicals commonly used in pet shampoos today.  Coal tar is used in dog shampoos claiming to soothe and relieves the symptoms of dermatitis. Pet Head and my favorite Perfect Coat Medicated, claims to have natural conditioners, coal tar moisturizes and long lasting fresh pine fragrance.  Yes, millions of us happily apply it in our glorious locks and pets. I find it hard to believe that something I put on my roof to hold shingles together is moisturizing.

Here we have a man applying Coal tar epoxy paint: Designed for use on steel or concrete surfaces in severe industrial or marine environments. It provides outstanding resistance to abrasion, strong chemicals and immersion in fresh or salt water.

The EPA, European Union and Int’l Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) lists coal tar as a known human carcinogen.  In Europe and Canada has found coal tar is a violation of government restrictions. Banned or found unsafe for use in cosmetics. Here in the U.S. the EPA classified coal tar as human skin toxicant – strong evidence known human respiratory toxicant and hazardous air pollutant. The EPA and FDA turns a blind eye turns a blind eye knowing this toxin is being used in skin care. What is this foolery?

Here are some Organic Shampoos:

Lavera Naturkosmetik: Cornflower, Anti – Dandruff Shampoo with an active array of astringent herbs including organic sage, neem, rosemary, peppermint and soapnut. You can find in Whole Foods Market and Target.

Avalon Organics Tea Tree Mint Treatment: the healing powers of tea tree oil, and the cooling and energizing powers of peppermint, this shampoo also contains rosemary and eucalyptus. These ingredients are an incredible help to scalps that are dry, itchy, and even flaky – making this a great shampoo for those who suffer from dandruff.

Desert Essence: Tea Tree Replenishing Shampoo and Conditioner. Australian tea tree oil to help bring healing to a flaking scalp. Aromatic peppermint oil offers reviving, cooling comfort while yucca conditions for a shiny, beautiful finish.

Zaki Organics Hair Serum: After hair care starts with organic argan, jojoba and olive oils. These oils condition not just your hair but your scalp as well.  Other important ingredients in this hair oil are essential oils of cedarwood atlas; a circulatory stimulant that also fights dry skin and hair, clary sage and rosemary which prevent hair loss and oily hair and ylang ylang which stimulates hair growth and smells amazing.


Vermont Soap Organics: A safe and nontoxic alternative to detergent and chemical cleaners.

Only Natural Pet Store: Dog and Cats holistic food supplies.

Cyber Canine: Friendly fur care with sulfate free shampoos.

Spot Organics: Organic and natural dog grooming products that specialize in organic dog shampoo, canine skin therapy, dog allergies, and holistic dog care.

The natural and organic skin care industry is constantly evolving. We are learning how therapeutic flower botanicals, roots and other discoveries Mother Nature can heal, so why are we using coal tar to fight dandruff, psoriasis, dermatitis and being used in pet shampoos?

Felecia Scott

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