We all spend good amounts of money investing in a variety of hair care products to get that highly-sought-after soft, glossy, thick hair. These products may seem harmless, but very often they can greatly damage your hair rather than care for it. Many times advertisers misguide consumers and the consumer takes little notice of the ingredients while purchasing the product. You must be sure to always check the labels on hair care products before you make a purchase. You very likely will find harmful ingredients present in them which are damaging to your hair. Alternatively, if you choose natural shampoo and conditioners, you will get back on track to having healthy hair and scalp.
To make it simple, look for natural shampoo ingredients! Your shampoo should be made of high-quality natural ingredients and be free from artificial colors, fragrances, detergents, and sulfates. Don’t be fooled just because it carries a fancy salon name! Many shampoos claim to be natural but in fact contain artificial colors and detergents that leave harmful residue on your hair and plugs up your scalp. This can cause hair loss, drying, braking, and just all-round bad hair and irritated scalp. Check the ingredient list carefully because shampoos containing “no-no” ingredients can seriously harm your hair, not help it.
One of the chief ingredients to look out for is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate — this synthetic substance is used in shampoos as a cleansing agent or detergent. This is a harsh substance and has many side effects and it could possibly be carcinogenic. When used in shampoos, apart from drying and damaging the hair, it causes eye irritations, hair loss, skin rashes and other allergic reactions. Several times you will find it in a disguised form with the explanation “comes from coconut” and it also goes by 38 other different names, including DEA, TEA, MEA and cocomide. Natural shampoos and conditioners will never contain ANY of these ingredients.
The pH balance is another important factor in shampoos. Since the pH balance is slightly acidic, if the balance is off by too much it can dry your hair further. It is also recommended to rotate between three shampoos, though it can be within a single brand, as over time your hair and scalp become “immune” to a formula and upset its pH balance, so switching it up keeps your hair at its best.
How do you know what ingredients are good?
Here is an ingredient list from one of the high-quality shampoos from our former company, The Cherry Mango:
Raw, Vegan, Wild Crafted Natural Ingredients: Micro Clustered Ionized Water. (Montmorrillonite) Pure Southwestern White Clays Micronized Grey, Red & Brown Kaolin Clays (Quillaya Saponaria Extract) Natural Soapbark from Chile, (Thea Sinensis Saponin) Green Tea (Opuntia Erinacea) Wild CraftedCactus (Jatropha Dioica) Blood of the Dragon Rare Protein. Aloe Barbadensis) Aloe Vera (Algae Leaf Extract) Red, Brown & White Algae (Acetic Acid) Raw Apple Cider Vinegar and 92 Trace Minerals —Natural Preservative. Essential Oils of (Pogostemon Cablin) Patchouli, (Cymbopogon Martenii) Palmarosa, (Cananga Odorata) Ylang Ylang.
(This synergistic blend of enlivened, charged botanicals and hand-picked herbs are mixed, blended, and bottled according to the moon cycles used by ancient farmers.)
Compare this list of pure natural ingredients with your shampoo bottle and see the difference. Try one of these quality shampoos and you will feel AND see the difference in your hair. Since most people have never used a real quality natural shampoo, it’s likely they don’t even know how beautiful their hair could be.