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.
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 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.
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 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
Garnier Whole Blends
It’s A 10
Johnson’s Original Baby Wash
Up & Up (Copycat of Johnson’s & Johnson’s) Baby Wash
Mane ‘N Tail
Alternatives For A More Healthier Shampoo
Clean Freak Dry Shampoo
Johnson’s Baby Naturals
So Cozy 3 in 1 Kids Shampoo/Conditioner & Body Wash
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