as it turns out, there is not a ton of readily available info out there on such things - but are we really surprised? it was a two fold research project with great benefits - at the end i hoped to have the perfect product for my hair and for our 5 year old, who thinks he's either a hipster, or maybe justin "beaver". and no i haven't broken it to him that sir beaver is not the greatest role model, we've chosen to let him continue to be dane's style icon for the time being.
so hair products. i started out by looking online to see what i could find, but quickly realized that my time would be better spent actually going to a supply place, hunkering down, and making some phone calls. i went to chatters as i figured many of you would be able to find one of those, or something like it, near to you. the sweet girl who helped me was really knowledgable about what was gluten free and was not... well, sort of. i made some phone calls directly to the companies, and found these great options for my hair, your hair, and even for the men in your life if they'd like to sport a justin beaver hairstyle. which, on many days, ends up far more ed sheeran-like around here.
the company that takes the cake for me is this one that has their info right on the packaging!
"free of: parabens, gluten, sodium chloride, phthalates, synthetic color, mineral oil, petrolatum & PABA"
i do think that the mayo clinic is a wonderful place, clearly at the forefront of western medicine, with my full respecct. but what the mayo clinic doesn't do is live with, or live with someone who has, celiac disease. if i have gluten in my hair and i touch my hair, i now have gluten on my hand. if i then touch something with my hand, the gluten will be transferred to this new object, and heaven for bid i proceed to touch my mouth or cook any food for my family, because it would then have gluten on or in that food. and how about my pillow case? i can guarantee you that my hair touches the same parts of my pillow case as my face does at some point during the night, and wouldn't it be such a rip off to spend so much effort living a gluten free life only to be "glutened" in the night? or how about my kids? when we wrestle, as much as i'd love it if dane never climbed on my head, it happens all the time. so whatever product is in my hair is transferred to dane, who picks his nose religiously and sneaks cookies from the kitchen, making me certain that whatever is on that little boy's hands gets into his digestive system. all this to say, while the mayo clinic definitlely has the upper hand when it comes to medicine, there is a practical aspect to living with an intolerance to gluten, or celiac disease, that cannot be taught in a book and must be shared by a somewhat spiratic blog... ;)
here's exactly what they say:
Q: Are all AG products gluten-free? Yes, AG products are completely gluten-free. Having said this, we strongly suggest that individuals diagnosed with Celiac Disease or who have any concerns whatsoever to consult with their physician prior to using any cosmetic product.
You may notice some of our products contain ingredients such as wheat and oat protein. Through a process called hydrolysis, we extract the amino acids from these proteins. Once they have been extracted, based on FDA and International standards, they are considered gluten-free.
For further information, we have included a link to the Mayo Clinic, which has researched the issue of gluten in cosmetics and sunscreens answering the question “I have celiac disease. Do I need to be concerned about gluten in hair and sunscreen products?“ The answer “No. Gluten-containing skin care products and cosmetics aren’t a problem unless you accidentally swallow them“.
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best of luck to you and your mane -