Tip Tuesday: Do You Know What's in Your Shampoo?

Have you ever looked at the ingredients on the back of your trusted shampoo bottle?  Can you pronounce them....or better yet, do you know what they are? Well, I'd thought I would share a little about what nastiness you might find in your favourite shower companion. Sorry, it's not so pretty.

1.  Surfactants - These are the degreasers, latherers and cleansers.  They bond with your greasies and get washed down the drain when you rinse your hair.  They tend to be quite harsh and usually contain a high amount of petroleum-based compounds.  You probably recognize some of these bad boys on the back of your bottle:  sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, ammonium laureth sulfate or cocamide DEA.All of these chemicals are known skin irritants and Mr. Cocomide DEA is also a suspected carcinogen.

2.  Active Ingredients - These are those ingredients that are added to make your hair shinier, softer, thicker,  curlier or smoother.  Most of them tend to be mostly synthetic.  Recognise any of these guys from your bottle? Disodium EDTA, polyquaternium-10, and aminomethyl propanol. Disodium EDTA is a chelator; the polyquaternium is what helps make your hair lie flat and the aminomethyl propanol is a plasticizer. It's job is to keep the shampoo flowing and it's also hormone disruptor.

3.  Fragrances - don't even get me started on fragrance!  For the most part they are synthetic and their ingredients are usually kept under wraps for proprietary reasons.  So really, you have know idea what toxic combination created that delicious smelling shampoo

4.  Colours - so why is your shampoo pink, green or purple?  Just to be pretty...really.  Colour in shampoo doesn't serve any actual function, it's just for decoration.

5.  Preservatives - shampoos are usually full of preservatives to ensure your shampoo doesn't sprout anything funky and to ensure a long shelf life.  Some of the most common ones are iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, methylisothiazolinone, and methylchloroisothiazonlinone.All of these compounds are known allergens and the two 'methyl's'  were dubbed the Contact Allergens of the Year for 2013 by the American Contact Dermatitis Society.

Doesn't that sound like a delicious mix of ingredients?!  So is your smooth, fruit-scented, shiny and frizz-free hair worth bathing in this toxic soup of chemicals?

Well, for me, it's not.  I'm in the process of switching from Shampoo to 'No-poo' alternatives for laundering my locks.  Stay tuned for my upcoming post on my switch to a more natural shower routine.  I'm using some amazing organic and local products courtesy of From the Meadow and can't wait to share my experience with you.

Trying to detox my tresses,
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1 comment:

  1. Well I'm even gladder I'm back doing 'no poo' since I read this - thanks for sharing!


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