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My sister recently learned that she is allergic to soy. Soy is one of the newest allergies to hit the allergy scene and it may have a lot to do with the fact that soy is used in over 60% of all processed foods and accounts for over 75% of American’s consumption of vegetable fats and oils. Soy is everywhere, or at the very least it seems like it is everywhere, making it a challenge to find products absent of soy if you are allergic to it. Believe it or not but being allergic to soy is a very common allergy, and although typical mild with symptoms like hives, rashes, or swelling of face, tongue, or throat to name a few, they can still cause severe discomfort for the individual suffering from it. 

It makes sense that if someone is suffering from a soy allergy that they take it further than just removing it from their food and also remove it from skin and hair products as well. Ninjaginga posed a pertinent question in the Curly Q&A  about products for soy allergy curlies.

Question

I have an allergy to soy. I had been using Deva Curl products without a problem until recently. I need to find a new product. I have thin/fine 3a curls. Help me please!

Answer

This is great question, as you are far from alone with your soy allergy. As manufacturers take more socially conscious steps to create the best quality products for their consumers, they realize the harm specific ingredients can pose on a sector of the population. With that in mind, they find alternative ingredients in an effort to formulate products that are accommodating for everyone’s hair and health needs. Here’s a list of great soy-free hair care products that you may want to try.

  • Hugo Naturals has entire hair care line of shampoos, conditioners, and styling gel are not only soy-free but also vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty free. 
  • Nature’s Gate  has started removing soy, GMOs, gluten, and corn, so remember to look at the ingredient lists to see if you have one of their newer formulas to determine if it contains soy. 
  • California Baby products are free from soy, milk, eggs, peanuts, walnuts, and wheat. 
  • Morrocoo Method Int’l  has an entire line that is cruelty-free and free from soy and gluten.  
  • Original Sprout Vegan Hair and Skin Products 

They are soy, paraben, and petroleum oil free along with an extensive list of other ingredients they do not use in their products.

There are several lines that have specific products that are soy free like Babo Botanicals or Free and Clear. To be absolutely and positively certain if a product contains soy, make sure to read the back or contact their customer service line or email address. This list is by no means the only products or lines that do not contain soy but it is a great start to steering clear of soy and its derivatives. Remember to always consult your physician or dermatologist for guidance on finding products, as there may be derivatives you are not aware of.