What's in the bottle?
"Nobody has really figured out why, but I think the hair care products are part of that story,” Zota says.
Other ingredients that are commonly found in beauty products that are known to be harmful include coal tar, a substance found in most hair dyes that have been known to cause cancer and zinc oxide, a carcinogen found in sunscreens.
To better protect yourself from possibly harming your health for the look or feel of your hair, start paying close attention to the ingredients in your products before you buy them. A lot of products claim to be all natural or organic, but with a quick look the ingredient list on the back of your product, you can see whether the claim is true. If you are unsure what an ingredient is, research it first.
CosmeticsDatabase.com has a printable shopping guide that highlights the unsafe ingredients list found in many products, including hair dyes, sunscreens and children's products.
McCormick, who decided to go natural shortly after getting her diagnosis, has now decided to make her own beauty products for the sake of her health.
“I never thought being adventurous with my hair would harm my health,” McCormick said, "but now I’m taking every precaution I can to ensure that my hair products won’t be a factor in any future health problems that, God forbid, may arise.”