Beauty,  Hair

Shampoo Warning: What You Do Not Know About Your Shampoo May Be Dangerous and Causing You Harm

Have you ever taken a look at the ingredient list on your shampoo? Usually, I would take in no thought about the type that I use. I would just run to the store, pick the one with the cutest label or the best price and call it a day. Well ladies, its time to break up with your shampoo and learn from my mistake.

The type of ingredients is everything when it comes to picking out a shampoo. Toxic ingredients can be a sure way to damage your hair. Picking out a shampoo with harsh chemicals not only leads to damaged hair but it also can lead to damaged skin and damaged internal organs.

Here are the 12 toxic ingredients to avoid at all costs.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS)
SLS is a surfactant that is used as a detergent, an insecticide, an engine degreaser, and is found in many other cleaning products such as soaps and body wash. This chemical also helps the shampoo to produce the foam-like lather. Moreover, SLS is a skin irritant. Split ends, frizzy hair, scalp irritation, hormone imbalances which are tied to symptoms of PMS, liver damage, skin rashes, depression, and eye damage are all by-products of using this chemical. Many people believe that SLS causes cancer. However, there is no scientific evidence to support this claim.

Fragrance is not good at all. Yes it smells great but fragrance acts as a doorway to even more chemicals. Many of these toxic chemicals within the fragrance are harmful to the reproductive system, lymphatic system, and the endocrine system. It also causes developmental harm and induces major organ system toxicity.

Cocamidopropyl Betaine (CAPB)
This surfactant is a thickener and a foaming boosting agent that has been found in body wash, toothpaste and bubble baths. CAPB causes skin and eye irritation, rashes and allergic contact dermatitis.

Triclosan (TCS)
TCS is found in soaps, detergents, clothes, kitchenware, toys, and surgical cleaning products. The toxic chemical can build up in fat cells and have the body stay in a state of toxicity. TCS also causes skin, eyes and lungs irritation, endocrine disruption and organ system toxicity.

Often found in cosmetics and conditioners, polysorbates dissolve fragrance and other oil additives. As a result, it leaves a remainder of it on the skin and scalp causing disruption to the skin’s natural pH levels while destroying the natural protective barrier of our skin and scalp. There are many different types of polysorbates but polysorbate-80 is the worst of all of them. However, to be on the stay side, stay clear of all of them.

Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)
PEG is usually found in industrial manufacturing products, medicine, and conditioners and is known to cause organ system toxicity.

Potassium Sorbate
Potassium sorbate is a preservative, a substance used to prevent wood and other materials from decaying. It causes skin and organ system toxicity.

This chemical is another preservative that is mostly found in cosmetics, medications and hair care products. The chemical causes skin, eyes and lung irritation along with organ system toxicity.

Retinyl Palmitate
As a form of vitamin A, this chemical can increase the rate of the development of skin tumours and lesions which makes it a possible carcinogen. Additionally, it also causes reproductive toxicity and organ system toxicity.

Made out of silicone oil, Dimethicone makes the skin and scalp extremely dry and irritated. The chemical turns into a barrier on the outside of the skin which makes a trap for bacteria, sebum and impurities. With this is mind, Dimethicone irritates the eyes and is known for being horrible for the environment because of its non-biodegradable components.

Behentrimonium Chloride
Behentrimonium Chloride is a surfactant and a preservative made out of a type of ammonium salt. The toxic compound has concentrations of 0.1% and higher which has been shown to cause eye damage, skin irritation and inflammation.

This surfactant is another type of quaternary ammonium that is also used as a preservative. It works as a formaldehyde releaser which is very carcinogenic. All in all, stay far away from this dangerous chemical.

For the most part, there are many alternatives to toxic shampoos that are out in the market. Below are a few recommendations on shampoos to avoid and a few shampoo to indulge in.

Shampoos That Are Bad For Your Health and Your Hair

American Crew

Andre Walker

Bed Head


Brazilian Keratin


Carol’s Daughter


Garnier Fructis

Garnier Whole Blends

Infusium 23

It’s A 10

John Frieda

Johnson’s Original Baby Wash

Up & Up (Copycat of Johnson’s & Johnson’s) Baby Wash

Keratin Protein

Loreal Everpure

Loreal Original

Mane ‘N Tail

Mixed Chicks







Alternatives For A More Healthier Shampoo


Alaffia – EveryDay Coconut – Ultra Hydrating Shampoo, 32 Ounces OR Alaffia – Neem & Shea Butter Scalp Recovery shampoo, 8 Ounces

Attitude Natural Shampoo – Nourishing & Strengthening, Grape Seed Oil & Olive Leaves, 16 Fluid OunceOR Attitude Natural Shampoo – Clarifying, White Tea and Lemon Leaves, 16 Fluid Ounce

Babyganics Shampoo + Body Wash – Chamomile Verbena – 16 oz


Burt’s Bees More Moisture Shampoo,10 Fluid Ounces

California Baby Super Sensitive Shampoo and Body Wash, Fragrance Free, 19 Ounce

Clean Freak Dry Shampoo

Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Liquid Soap – 32oz.

Earth Mama Angel Baby Shampoo & Body Wash Calming Lavender — 5.3 fl oz


Fresh Monster 2-in-1 Kids Shampoo & Conditioner (8 oz) – Toxin-Free – Sulfate-Free – Paraben-Free – Natural Botanical Extracts – Hypoallergenic – Cruelty-Free – Natural Kids Shampoo

Hairprint – 100% Plant-Based / All Natural Amla Shampoo (8 fl oz / 240 ml)

Johnson’s Baby Naturals

Now Solutions

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Chamomile & Argan Oil Baby Head-to-Toe Wash & Shampoo – 13 oz

So Cozy 3 in 1 Kids Shampoo/Conditioner & Body Wash

Honest Perfectly Gentle Hypoallergenic Shampoo and Body Wash with Naturally Derived Botanicals, 10 Fluid Ounce

Thinkbaby Shampoo and Body Wash, 16 Ounce

Thinksport Safe Shampoo, 16 Ounce

True Botanicals

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