However one thing passed my attention at the hair salon, and that was the fact that it had salt from the Dead Sea in it. I generally try to stay away from Redken products because they are pretty heavily laced with nasty ingredients. I broke that rule this time, in response to the excitement of my new look I suppose. I really have no excuse. Beyond that however, had I realised at the time it contained ingredients for the Dead Sea, I would have politely declined. I made the pact with myself a long time ago that I would boycott anything with Dead Sea salt in it.
This is why: The Dead Sea is depleting approximately 1 meter or 3.3 feet per year. It is believed that it will no longer exist by 2050. There are some people say that water is not extracted from the Dead Sea but that is in fact untrue. The Ein Bokek hotel pumps water out of the Dead Sea to fill up the artificial sea in front of it where the Dead Sea once lay but has now dried up. It is in a terrible state and is an environmental disaster. Water's have been needlessly redirected away from the Dead Sea via the Jordan River. It is being used recklessly by all parties and companies are exploiting it continually for their own financial gain. There are a few groups that are trying to gain cooperation between the countries that encase it.
Until the Dead Sea is protected and people are working together to save it, I refuse to endorse, encourage, promote or support products containing ingredients from the dead sea. Even beyond that, Redken is known for using some harsh chemicals in their products. When there are so many alternatives that use less toxic ingredients, why settle? To prove my point, in this particular product, 13 out of 19 ingredients are considered to be toxic. Another reason to find an alternative.
Here are a few for those that are interested in what alternatives are available.
To read more about the Dead Sea, check out this great article from the Smithsonian.
Redken Signature look Fashion Waves 07 Texturizing Sea Spray
Aqua: is water and pretty self explanatory.
Magnesium Sulfate: is also known as Epson Salts. It is a mineral, and is used as a hair conditioning agent and bulking agent. It is considered to be safe for humans and the environment.
Maris Sal/Sea Salt: Is salt from the dead sea. The water in the dead sea is said to contain 27% of different types of salt, whereas the oceans contain only 3%. It is also higher in minerals. The dead sea is also being depleted at astronomical rates due to companies using the special water in products. There are sink holes that could swallow you whole. But don't worry if it does they will name the sink hole after you. Anything that contains water from the dead sea should be baned. It is an environmental catastrophe.
Potassium Sorbate: this ingredient is a postassium salt of sorbic acid it is a naturally occurring compound. It is used as a preservative. It is a known human allergen. It is also thought to be a non-reproductive organ system toxin. It is deemed safe to use in food however in limited concentration.
Benzyl Salicylate: This ingredient is an ester of benzyl alcohol and salicylic acid. It is used as an ultraviolet light absorber and a fragrance ingredient. It is a known human skin allergen and immune system toxin. It is a known hormone disruptor, and an environmental toxin.
Citral: Is present in many plants including lemon mertyle. Although it is naturally occurring it is manufactured synthetically to sell in mass quantities. It is used as a fragrance ingredient. It is considered to be an allergen and an irritant. It is not considered to be an environmental toxin.
Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone: This is a synthetic compound and is used as a fragrance ingredient. However it has been banned from fragrances/colognes by the International Fragrance Association (IFRA). It is a known irritant and human allergen. It is also thought to be an environmental toxin.
Algae/Algae Extract: This ingredient can contain a variety of different types of species of algae and may even differ between manufacturers. It is used as a skin-conditioning agent and a humectant. It is considered to be safe for both humans and the environment.