With the rise of ‘no-poo’ methods of hair care, we feel it’s important to ID the worst culprits of the shampoo world so you can make healthier decisions should you choose to continue using shampoo.
Most people shampoo their hair a few times a week and may not realize the toxic mix they are absorbing through their skin. When you shampoo your hair, the 20 blood vessels, 650 sweat glands and 1,000 nerve endings soak in these toxins. In addition, when toxins are absorbed through the skin, they bypass your liver and enter the bloodstream and tissues directly – with no filtering.
If you ever tried reading the label on your shampoo bottle you might feel like you’re reading a foreign language, since many ingredients are listed by their chemical name. Unfortunately, most people don’t think about the common ingredients in shampoo which are linked to cancer, asthma, neurological problems, skin irritation and other health problems.
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You simply cannot assume that because a product is for sale in the marketplace it is safe. Deceptive advertising seems common place with many companies, as many products are labelled natural and yet contain hazardous ingredients.
Be warned: Here are eleven commonly used chemicals in shampoo
Some of the basic ingredients in shampoo include surfactants, preservatives, fragrance, color as well as active or inactive ingredients that can include stabilizers, thickeners and products to nourish or strengthen your hair. This is by no means a complete list of chemicals or their side effects.
- Diethanolamine (DEA):
- Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)
- Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES)
- Propylene Glycol
- Benzalkonium Chloride and Benzethonium Chloride
- Cocamidopropyl Betaine- (CAPB)
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