There are so many chemicals in store shelf shampoo and conditioners. Parabens once again hide in your hair products. They most commonly used as preservatives in the cosmetics industry. They’re in just about everything you might use, as they prevent mold, fungus and parasites from sprouting and growing in your products. The problem is that 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)
Some other chemicals in shampoos
- Sodium laurel sulfate makes your shampoo foam up, 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 are also chemicals that help shampoo lather up. They can make your hair dry and unmanageable.
- Formaldehyde, is cancerous, can cause headaches and respiratory problems and can even damage your DNA.
- Alcohol drys 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.
There are natural shampoos you can buy out there, I have used DoTERRAs 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 save on the plastic. Men don’t have a hard time at all switching 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 wont have all the chemicals in it, so your hair is harder to brush out till 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 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, little bit of a learning curve, but you will get it down.