#25 Fatal Conveniences™: Conditioner: Smooth & Silky at What Cost?

#25 Fatal Conveniences™: Conditioner: Smooth & Silky at What Cost?

Advertising will have us believe that hair isn’t attractive unless it’s smooth and silky. And you can’t get smooth and silky hair unless you use products packed with harmful toxins. Not true! You can use conditioner on your hair. You just need to know what to look out for.

Welcome to Fatal Conveniences™. 

This is a bite-sized segment that parallels The Darin Olien Show. In these segments, we get into society’s Fatal Conveniences™. I define these as the things we may be doing because the world we live in makes us believe we have to. These things save us time and trick us into thinking they’re actually good for us. But it’s those same things that are breaking down our health and the health of the environment around us.

I’ve spent most of my adult life obsessively researching these “conveniences.” On every show, I pick one topic, and we dive into it. My goal is to make you more aware of these traps so that you can push back on them. Remember, it starts with you and the choices you make. So, if you’re willing to look at your world from a different perspective and make little tweaks that amount to big changes, then this segment is for you.

You can get silky smooth hair without sacrificing your health.

Did you know that the FDA does not require companies to provide the exact ingredients in their shampoos or conditioners? The FD&C Act allows companies to release beauty products onto the market without reviewing its ingredients. Nobody is looking into this stuff, guys. They can get away with throwing in all sorts of harmful chemicals into these bottles of product and no one is aware. Parabens, sulfates, chemical fragrances- they’re all in there. And they’re wreaking havoc on your body’s delicate systems.

I don’t use shampoos and conditioners daily, but I do use them. I have longer hair and I like it to look nice. So, yes, I use conditioner. But I’m aware of the dangerous toxins that some companies sneak into their products. I’m here to educate you so you can be aware also. Then you can seek out responsible, compassionate companies that use real natural botanicals and ingredients instead of chemicals.

My List of Chemicals to Avoid When Purchasing Hair Care Products:

Artificial preservatives

Artificial fragrance







Nitrosamine releasers




Sulfate detergents

Coming Soon – You’ll be able to sign up to my Fatal Conveniences™ newsletter where you’ll get a more detailed breakdown on conditioner and the ingredients to avoid + all the other fatal topics we’ve covered delivered straight to your inbox. Watch this space! http://fatalconveniences.com/

Other great info in this segment:
  • The scary effects of the toxins found in hair products
  • The buzz words to look for on packaging that don’t mean what they claim
  • The gross truth of urea in hair care products
  • The conditioner ingredient that actually dries out your hair
  • The myth that you have to wash your hair daily
  • What to use instead


The Darin Olien Show is produced by the team at Must Amplify. If you’re looking to give a voice to your brand, and make sure that it’s heard by the right people, head to www.mustamplify.com/darin to see what Amplify can do for you.

  • Angela Lau
    Posted at 16:37h, 15 October Reply

    Urea – why is this bad? A lot of products have it and is meant to have skin healing properties…

  • Jane Dulaney
    Posted at 22:36h, 15 October Reply

    I have to say when I lost my hair during chemo, one of the most freeing things was not to have to wash my head and the subsequent hair that grew in with anything other than Bronner’s. That wasn’t the case with managing waist length hair for decades. As it gets longer and longer, it’s more and more challenging.

    Love that you stuck the snip in about starting and ending your day purposefully again. Curious if you find shorter days more challenging? I tend to run lower energy as the sun dips lower on the horizon…

  • Janice Summers
    Posted at 16:54h, 17 October Reply

    Thank you for using your platform to share the truth about the fatal side effects from things people think they need to use to look and feel fabulous. Synthesized compounds have such a deleterious effect on us and the environment. I don’t know if people even think about the downstream and upstream impact in creating the products and then after they use it.

    I am pleased to say that I have been doing my part to get people away from the dependence on bottle shampoo’s by creating a solid organic shampoo bar scented with essential oils. I personally have had super long hair all the way to super short hair cuts and the plant powered solid shampoo works fabulously. Still I did need a bit of hydration assistance in colder months and with shorter hair so I designed and created a pure plant gel for hydrating and styling. Sustainable, renewable, and planet loving.

    It can be done folks!

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