Toxic ingredients to avoid in your shampoo (2 min read)

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Natural and eco-friendly products are all the rage these days with environmentally concerned consumers. People are becoming more aware of these toxic chemicals in shampoos and how they pose a problem with their hair and their health. Consumers are looking for healthier and more eco-friendly products, not just shampoo.

I use to love to go and get the latest and greatest traditional shampoo, but then I started noticing how my hair was really dry, my color was fading quickly, my hair was being stripped of oils and wasn’t shiny. That was when I started ready the labels.  I was in shock and concerned.

Did you know the government does not require any tests on all personal products? They can put any damn chemical they want into a personal product, so it is important to know what you are using.

Pros of Organic Shampoo

  • Contains organic and natural (plant-derived) ingredients.
  • If your hair is colored, organic shampoo does not fade the color like traditional shampoos.
  • Promotes new hair growth by naturally stimulating the hair follicles and making your hair thicker.
  • Botanical ingredients enrich and infuse skin cells and hair follicles with natural oils, vitamins, and minerals to maintain moisture and improving the overall condition.
  • Makes your hair shiny and beautiful.
  • Organic shampoo infuses natural oils, minerals, and herbal extracts into hair follicles. It contains all natural ingredients, is a non-allergenic product, which makes it suitable for sensitive and allergy prone skin and provides nutrients.
  • Natural shampoos are environmentally friendly because they contain bio-degradable materials rather than harsh chemicals.


Cons of traditional shampoo

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) suggests avoiding these chemicals in shampoo:

For starters they suggest any words ending in “paraben”, to stay away from and

  • DMDM hydantoin.
  • Imidazolidinyl urea.
  • Methylchloroisothiazolinone.
  • Methylisothiazolinone.
  • Triclosan.
  • Triclocarban.
  • Triethanolamine (or “TEA”)
  • Ingredients that start with “PEG” or have an “-eth” in the middle (e.g., sodium laureth sulfate).
  • These pertain to fragrance – “FRAGRANCE,” “FD&C,” or “D&C.”

The EWG created a Skin Deep Database which I think you will find very useful for finding what NOT TO BUY. They have spent many hours on research to bring you this list and it’s not just for shampoo.



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