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Find in this category the explanation behind the commonly used ingredients in the shampoo you purchase, and see the ingredients that you should avoid as well as the natural alternatives you can opt for.

1- Some Current Main Components Used:

  • Sodium Trideceth Sulfate: Sodium trideceth sulfate is a sodium salt of sulfated ethoxylated tridecyl alcohol, its chemical formula is C19H39NaO7S and it is generally included in all cleansing products. it is not an ionic surfactant -meaning it does not depend on a surface-active anion for results- and can only generate foam and viscosity when mixed with other surfactants -surface-active substances-.
  •  Fragrance: Fragrance ingredients in cosmetics must meet the same requirements for safety as other cosmetic ingredients: they must be safe for consumers when they are used according to labeled directions. Some components of fragrance formulas may have a potential to cause allergic skin reactions or sensitivities for some people. 
  • Parabens: Parabens are a group of preservative ingredients that are commonly used in many products of our daily lives. They are used in cosmetics, personal care products, food products and even pharmaceuticals. They prevent the spoilage of the materials they are added to as they prevent the growth of fungi and bacteria. The parabens were proven to penetrate the body through the skin and remain within the tissue which disrupts the hormones’ functions.
  • Citric Acid: used to preserve cosmetics and adjust the acid-base balance
  • Botanical Ingredients: Derived from plants, these ingredients were the very first ones to be used as cosmetics.
  • Colour Additives: Their sole purpose is to make the mixture more attractive and appealing. They have been used for 150 years now and are considered safe to use. 

 

2- Some Current  Hazardous Components to Avoid:

  • Fragrance: Fragrance ingredients in cosmetics must meet the same requirements for safety as other cosmetic ingredients: they must be safe for consumers when they are used according to labeled directions. Some components of fragrance formulas may have a potential to cause allergic skin reactions or sensitivities for some people. 
  • Parabens: Parabens are a group of preservative ingredients that are commonly used in many products of our daily lives. They are used in cosmetics, personal care products, food products and even pharmaceuticals. They prevent the spoilage of the materials they are added to as they prevent the growth of fungi and bacteria. The parabens were proven to penetrate the body through the skin and remain within the tissue which disrupts the hormones’ functions.
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate: Those ingredients are used primarily in cleansing products. It helps to clean the skin and hair by helping water to mix with oil and dirt so that they can be rinsed away added to  emulsifying properties. In 2010, the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel evaluated the scientific data for these ingredients and the closely related sodium laureth sulfate and ammonium laureth sulfate and concluded that all of these ingredients were safe for use in cosmetics and personal care products in the present practices of use and concentration, when formulated to be non-irritating.

3- Natural Alternatives:

  • Baking Soda: An efficient substitute of shampoo is baking soda. Also known as sodium bicarbonate, this product can result in a great alternative when mixed with water until dissolved. We shall mention that baking soda can be a very effective shampoo alternative for people with oily hair, people with dry hair should highly consider moisturizing after using baking soda
  • Lemon Juice: If you have oily hair or dandruff prone hair, this can be a great shampoo alternative that you might want to consider. All you have to do is squeeze the juice of a lemon and mix it with an exactly equal amount of water and spread it on your hair while massaging your scalp in circular movements for about 10 minutes.
  • Water: Yes! it might not be the alternative that will make you feel your best after a shower, but water is said to be more than enough to have a clean scalp and hair. Just go under the shower and pretend you are using a shampoo. Massage your scalp in circular movements and that’s all you need to do to clean your hair with no harmful chemicals.

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