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.
- 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.