Don't let the harsh chemicals go down your drain!
When you're about to reach for those commercial, easily accessible and cheap shampoos that claim will make your hair softer, cleaner, bouncier; stop yourself and consider the harm your choice will bring not only to your hair and scalp but also to your body and environment.
Harmful chemicals are lurking everywhere. In our water, our fruits and vegetables, our clothing detergents and yes, also in our shampoos and conditioners. I know the alternative choices might cost more and I do wish one day the consumer's demand will change that but until then, we should make wiser choices regardless of cost. Consider medical costs in the long run, they would be far higher than the few extra dollars you give to get organic shampoos and conditioners to ensure your bring no harm to your body, not to mention you're doing yet another great service to the environment as bio-degradable substances will go down the drain rather than harsh chemicals.
Organic shampoos and conditioners will prevent your scalp from drying, destroying your hair follicles, and will avoid from harmful chemicals being absorbed in your body.
Did you know? up to 50% or more of anything you put on your skin or scalp is absorbed in your body and according to research, scientists have discovered that our bodies are incapable of eliminating much of those chemicals because it can't break them down. Hmm, doesn't seem much like a good scenario to me.
Here's what I found out: with a little research online, you can find credible resources stating that Sodium lauryl Sulfates, for example, can cause cataracts in adults. Well you think I won't make sure to keep this chemical away from my children? Yes I will.
Some organic hair products will still contain ingredients that should be avoided, therefore you should walk into a store prepared with a list and make sure to read the labels. Here is the list:
Sodium Lauryl Sulfates, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate
Derivatives of lauryl Alcohol, Mureth Sulfate
Propylene Glycol (Antifreeze)
It would be nice to also know of ingredients we should be looking for.
Beta glucan: soothes inflamed cells of scalp, also has immune-enhancing properties internally and topically.
Tea tree: antiseptic properties which can help fight dandruff and control microbial levels that cause scalp irritation.
Natural minerals, herbal extracts and oils bring a wealth of benefits. Aloe Vera, coconut oil, Shea butter are important ingredients to look for in your organic shampoos and conditioners.
I am in the process of experimenting with various organic shampoos and will return to give you a quick review of products I liked. However with every one's hair needs being different, you should seek out an organic brand that will be right for you, and don't forget to read the labels!
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