Let’s face it; shampoo is a pain in the butt. It’s widely known that shampoo strips your hair of its natural oils, and can lead to severe drying and breakage. Many companies also use cocamide diethanolamine in their shampoos, which is a known carcinogen. Some of these companies are moving away from cocamide DEA, but still use other toxic chemicals– such as sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, parabens, polyethylene glycol, and fragrances.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: penetrates skin; circulates in blood for 5 days; leaves residue in heart, liver, lungs, and brain; causes dandruff.
Sodium Laureth Sulfate: eye and skin irritant; often contaminated by 1,4 dioxane, which is a known carcinogen.
Parabens: chemical preservatives; linked to reproductive issues and breast cancer.
Polyethylene Glycol: petroleum based, creamy substance; may be contaminated with carcinogens; developmental toxicant.
Fragrances: There are 3100 chemicals that shampoo companies use to fragrance their products; highly toxic; linked to liver damage, asthma, headaches, and cancer.
So, shampoo is pretty bad for you! Take a look at the shampoo you use, and see if it has any of the ingredients listed above. The one I used to use has 4 out of 5, and it is very likely yours does as well. But, what can we do about it? We can’t walk around with dirty, greasy hair, can we?
This is where shampoo bars come in to play. I discovered these a few weeks back, and they have been a life saver (literally!). Shampoo bars are in solid form, similar to a bar of soap. Most companies that produce them use all natural ingredients (but be sure to always check the ingredients!). Since these bars don’t have the harsh chemicals that liquid shampoos have, they do not strip your hair of it’s natural oils. There will be an awkward transitioning phase for about a week, as your hair will not be used to this kind of cleansing. But then, it will become really soft and shiny! One more benefit is cost: Shampoo bars are usually quite cheap, and you get many more uses from them than from a bottle of shampoo.
I purchased a Grapefruit Mint Shampoo Bar from Apple Valley Natural Soap, and I LOVE it. The ingredients are: “saponified oils of coconut, organic sunflower, organic sustainable palm, apricot, unrefined shea nut butter, castor bean, and organic jojoba, orange illite clay, rosemary oil extract, and essential oils of pink grapefruit, spearmint, and may chang”. As you can see, it does not contain any chemicals, but instead organic ingredients that truly nourish your hair. And, it was only $6.50!
I strongly encourage you to do some research of your own, and decide if you would like to make the switch to shampoo bars. I promise you, your hair and your health will thank you!