Perhaps off the subject of gluten free cooking, however, after all that hard work in the kitchen, you may be wondering, as one of my readers did, whether your hair products are gluten free. While I personally do not have any problem with many hair products, I did know that Costco’s Kirkland brand is gluten free. I do not have to use gluten free products, but I like to use them whenever possible. Because what we put on our skin is absorbed into the blood stream, I like to play it safe.
Some of the hair products I use on a regular basis are made by Pantene. I use their shampoo and conditioner. It’s fairly inexpensive and works very well. I searched online to find out whether it is gluten free, and I could not find a definite answer, just a person complaining that Pantene wouldn’t answer their question, or others who “heard” it was gluten free. So, I contacted Pantene to ask them whether or not their products were gluten free. Their answer is below:
We know Celiac is a serious disease, so we want to give you clear information regarding the use of our beauty care products. If wheat and/or gluten aren’t directly added to a product by us, these ingredients won’t be listed on our packages. Like many companies, we often purchase the scents for fragranced products from outside suppliers, and the components of these substances are proprietary information belonging to those companies. Therefore it’s possible that a very small amount (generally parts per million) of gluten may be present.
We sought advice from physicians; they told us it would be very unlikely a person with Celiac disease would have a reaction from a trace amount of gluten coming into contact with his skin or hair. This is because wheat, rye, barley and/or gluten generally cause symptoms when they’re ingested. Since our beauty care products are designed to be used externally on the skin, their use shouldn’t be an issue for someone with this disease.
Since gluten sensitivity can vary among people, it would be best if you consulted with your physician about the use of all types of consumable goods, if you haven’t already. You might even consider using one of our fragrance free products that doesn’t list gluten or wheat extracts on the label.
Their response did not satisfy me enough to promote it to celiacs and those who are gluten-intolerant. So I emailed them back asking if they know the ppm (parts per million) of any possible gluten present. When I hear back from them I’ll post their reply below. All you have to do is save this page to your favorites in your Internet browser and check back soon. They answered my initial question in less than a day. Hopefully, I’ll hear back from on Monday. Update: They never responded to my second email.