If you haven’t detoxed any beauty products yet, this is a great one to start with. Mainstream shampoo, aside from containing some nasties which we’ll get to, strips your hair and scalp. It leaves your hair frizzy, poufy and looking less than stellar. If you’ve had a few too many bad hair days lately, read on.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Did you know the main ingredient in shampoos, sodium lauryl sulfate is actually a foaming agent, not a cleanser? People associate foaming with cleansing so they add this chemical, but it’s not the active ingredient. True story.
Sodium lauryl sulfate is the same ingredient you’ll find in your carpet cleaners, your laundry detergent… is this what you want to put on your scalp? No.
It’s not the most toxic ingredient out there, but it’s an irritant and if you’re having dandruff or scalp itching, SLS is probably the culprit.
Sodium LaurETH Sulfate
You’ve also probably seen the ingredient sodium laurETH sulfate – so what’s the difference? Well SLethS was created as a gentler version of SLS. Sounds good right? Oh you know there’s a catch.
The manufacturing of sodium laurETH sulfate can cause a very toxic by-product chemical called 1,4-dioxane.
1,4-dioxane is a carcinogen and receives an impressive 8 on the Skin Deep database for toxicity (10 is the highest). There’s a simple processing step to remove this chemical, but – you guessed – most companies skip it. So 1,4-dioxane remains a contamination risk when you see sodium laureth sulfate on the label.
As with any mainstream beauty products, especially water-based ones, we avoid ingredients ending in ‘paraben’. We should also avoid anything with ‘fragrance’ or ‘parfum’. For more on these ingredients you can sign up for my freebie in the sidebar.
If you suffer from headaches or migraines, I would definitely avoid fragrance in your shampoo and see if that makes a difference. Many people have sensitivities.
My 3 Favorite Shampoos/Conditioners
Keep in mind my hair is thick and frizzy/poufy – these shampoos have different options for other hair types but I haven’t tried them, obviously.
-Controls frizz well, no more same-day-as-shampooing poufiness
-Available in Canada (in Montreal go to Rachelle-Bery on St-Laurent and Villeneuve)
-Not the cleanest of ingredients (not too bad because the offenders are later on the ingredient list, which means they’re in lower concentration)
-Contains phenoxyethanol, a less toxic preservative than parabens adopted by many natural companies – it’s not the worst thing out there but it’s not great either
-Best performing shampoo hands down – your hair will be smooth and look amazing
-They have lots of information and options for all races/hair types, learn more here
-My experience with their customer service was great – she answered all my questions in detail
-Not available in Canada 🙁
-A bit pricier (but worth it in my opinion)
-Also contains phenoxyethanol, like above
-Affordable, about 10$
-The most natural of the bunch, receiving an impressively low score of 1 on the Skin Deep database
-Not available in Canada (you can probably get this on Amazon, iHerb or Vitacost but you may end up paying fees/duties)
-Out of the three, this one leaves my hair the poufiest but it’s not too bad
So those are my picks, did I miss any? What’s your favorite natural shampoo?
*I’m not affiliated with these companies and receive no compensation if you buy something. For more on disclaimers, click here.
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