Updated: May 9
We do our shopping, purchase our hair care products, and assume we are doing the right things for hair health. Promotion and marketing, leading us to believe that some of the products available today are things we can’t do without it. But is that true?
To find the answer, you must first look at the structure of the hair. Below the skin are the hair follicle, the sebaceous gland, and blood vessels. The protein made up our hair. When you brush your hair, it causes the sebaceous gland to produce sebum. This oily substance coats and protects the hair from the elements. It also stimulates the blood vessels to provide the nourishment your hair needs. Brushing your hair and or massaging the scalp is beneficial to hair health.
With commercial products, most shampoos and conditioners contain harsh chemicals and synthetic products. In shampoos, that means it can over clean your hair and strip it of its precious oils. Now you need to condition it to replace the oils. It can harm the scalp and hair follicles. It is the same with laundry detergents. They are loaded with fillers and less actual soap so that they can sell you more detergent. It’s a money-making strategy that has worked, so they will continue to do so.
Are you like most people? You’ve read the labels but don’t know what the ingredients are and what their function is.
Here it is in layman’s terms:
Distereate and propylene glycol or glycol are petroleum-based (crude oil).
They are very cheap and widely used in the cosmetics industry.
This is a cheap solvent.
Propylparaben / Methylparaben
These are synthetic preservatives. The human body typically does not understand artificial; it understands organic.
This is an emulsifier, and it can be natural or synthetic. Synthetic is being because it’s cheaper and easier to produce.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
This sulfate creates a lathering foam some people love, but it can compromise follicles when left on the scalp, and it has other toxic effects on the human body. Yikes! Anyone with color-treated hair or dry hair should avoid SLS, as it can fade your color and strip your strands of natural oils.
Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate or Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)
What are sulfates? Sulfates are potent detergents that work through a chemical reaction, in which they bind with the sebum on our scalp and with water. When you rinse out the shampoo, sulfates take all the oils and residue with them. But while cleansing, they can also damage the hair, make it brittle, and increase frizz.
Sodium chloride is another name for salt. Sodium chloride in shampoo and conditioner is mainly there to make the consistency thicker. Salt can make an already-sensitive scalp dry and itchy, which can eventually cause hair loss.
Cocamidopropyl betaine is another foam booster. Although it’s derived from coconut oil, it can have adverse effects. This surfactant is used in hair products along with dimethylaminopropylamine, which can cause skin irritation, allergies, rosacea, and eczema.
Triclosan was banned in 2016 but is still allowed in toothpaste, shampoos, and deodorants. It’s a chemical antibacterial agent known to cause hormone disruptions, leading to cancer and affecting fetal development, among other things.
These chemicals are absorbed through the skin, then down through the organs and tissues. Many believe that long-term exposure to these toxins can cause permanent damage anywhere in the body, and yet, governments have sided with big industries not to require them to disclose what these products contain or what they are. Instead, we have big fancy names you can hardly pronounce, let alone understand.
The solution? It’s not as hard as you think. Check out our online store, and we might have something suitable for everyone.
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