There are so many chemicals in shampoo and conditioners from the store. The ones to look out for are parabens—they are most commonly used as preservatives in the cosmetics industry, so they’re in just about everything you might use. Parabens prevent mold, fungus and parasites from sprouting and growing in your products—but the problem is they can be absorbed through the skin and have often been found in breast cancer tumors.
Here are some you might see on your ingredient list
- Methylparaben (most common)
Look out for these chemicals:
- Sodium laurel sulfate. It makes your shampoo foam up, but it’s so damaging and irritating to the skin. It corrodes hair follicles so badly it can make your hair fall out and not grow back.
- Diethanolamine (DEA) and Cocamide DEA. These are also chemicals that help shampoo lather up. They can make your hair dry and unmanageable.
- Formaldehyde. This is another chemical often in shampoos. It is cancerous and can cause headaches and respiratory problems, or even damage your DNA.
- Alcohol. It dries your hair out and irritates your scalp.
These are just to name a few! I know how you like how your hair feels and looks but for me it wasn’t worth it.
Luckily, there are natural shampoos you can buy. I have used doTERRA’s and like it a lot; it smells great and they don’t use the chemicals. But I have switched to shampoo bars for all of my family to avoid chemicals and save on the plastic. Men don’t have a hard time at all switching to shampoo bars unless they have longer hair. Here is what I found for women: going to the bar takes about a month or two for your hair to “detox” and get used to it.
Your hair won’t have all the chemicals in it so your hair will be harder to brush out until you get used to it. I used a only shampoo bar on my girls for a month and then one day their hair went like silk! It was awesome, so easy to brush and no residue, and their hair has been like that ever since. For women and men with longer hair I would suggest using a conditioner bar after your shampoo bar, which you rub on after you wash and then rinse it. This made the transition so much easier.
Make sure to use a soap saver so that the bars dry out in-between uses and it will last you longer!
If you want to make your own soap, check the post and recipe Basic Shampoo Bar. I will be blunt with you here: it does take an investment at first to get all the stuff, but after that it isn’t so bad. It’s also little bit of a learning curve, but you will get it down.