Wondering what your shampoo ingredients are?
As with every product you put on your body, there are questionable ingredients.
Is the shampoo you are using leaching unwanted chemicals into your body?
Yes, every time you wash your hair, you expose your face and body to the chemicals. How? Well, when you rinse your hair, all the soapy lather from the shampoo is running down your face, neck and upper body.
Your skin absorbs these chemicals and they go straight into your blood stream. Not what you want if you are trying to look after your skin!
There is no point even trying to understand what all the shampoo ingredients are. First of all, you must have really good eyesight to decipher the tiny little words, and secondly, you and I are not meant to know what it all means.
I like to wash my hair with an organic shampoo. Yet, in my younger days, if you were to go and look in my bathroom, I had about 5 different brands of shampoos and conditioners at any one time.
My favourite thing to do was to swap around which one I was going to wash my hair with.
The last thing I ever considered was the chemicals in any of the brands I was using, and if they were harmful or not.
The most important thing to know is, the shampoo ingredients in your favourite commercial brand are toxic. There are so many ingredients in shampoo, I have only addressed the three I feel are the worst for your hair’s health.
Shampoo Ingredients SLS And SLES
The most talked and written about chemicals often found in commercial shampoos is SLS and SLES.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate.
They help create the lather, all that foam, and soapiness, makes you feel like your hair is getting a really good wash and clean.
And it is, in fact, your hair is getting such a good wash the SLS is actually stripping your hair of its natural oils. Over time, if you, notice your hair is not looking very shiny or feeling healthy, it is the SLS.
Long term use will break down the proteins in the hair and can cause thinning of hair and slow down growth.
These two shampoo ingredients alone, are worth avoiding.
When you switch to a shampoo without SLS you won’t get all the lather. Therefore, it can seem as though your hair is not getting as good a wash. Don’t be deceived by this, you don’t need soapy lather for a good wash.
You need to look after, protect and be gentle with your hair.
Parabens In Shampoo Ingredients
This next chemical found in the ingredients in shampoo is parabens. It is a preservative that has antifungal, antibacterial properties preventing bacteria and will give the product a long shelf life.
Many of the chemicals used to make up the shampoo can erode. Added parabens help prevent this from happening.
Some common names you may see for parabens on a particular product is methylparaben, butylparaben, and propylparaben. You will find this chemical in many skin care products and cosmetics.
You will also find this chemical in some foods.
The way I see it, you can’t escape parabens altogether, you can, however, cut down the amount of exposure.
Of course, depending on who you ask, you will get a different answer, whether this chemical causes cancer. If there is a question mark about something avoid it if you can.
Ingredients In Shampoo Silicon
Ever wondered why the hair after washing can sometimes seem limp, dull looking and lifeless. Yep, it is the silicon.
This stuff will coat your hair, giving the illusion of smooth and shiny when actually it prevents moisture and will dry out your hair.
Of all the shampoo ingredients, silicon is one of the worst for damaging the look and feel of your hair. Silicon attracts dirt and the build up over time is what causes hair to go limp.
It coats the hair and therefore, nutrients are unable to penetrate the hair. This, in turn, can cause your beautiful locks to become dry, brittle and frizzy.
Common names for silicon are cyclomethicone, dimethiconol, methicone, and amodimethicone.
The organic shampoo and conditioner I use do not contain SLS, parabens or silicon. My hair feels soft, smooth, and is shiny and healthy.
Having spent years using commercial brands, there were many times my hair felt particularly greasy not long after washing. Sometimes dry and just generally unhealthy looking.
When I was younger, I seemed to get away with using commercial shampoos for longer.
As you age, hair can become thinner, dryer and brittle. I feel this is an important time to start looking at what you are using to wash your hair with.
There are ways to help prevent a build-up of chemicals in your hair using baking soda mixed in with a small amount of shampoo.
Or, you can mix a tablespoon of baking soda with two tablespoons of warm water, mix and wash your hair.
For a natural conditioner rinse with apple cider vinegar.
Many of the shampoo ingredients are harmful to healthy hair and just not worth it over the long-term.