Using cosmetics that contain harmful chemicals can lead to dire health consequences down the road.
If you're trying to live a clean, green life it only makes sense to seek out non-toxic, all-natural options.
Choosing organic shampoo and conditioner products is one of the best places to start. They're easy to find and usually only marginally more expensive than traditional brands. If you've used cheap shampoo or conditioner and your hair or scalp could use reviving, organic alternatives can help.
Shampoo Ingredients to Avoid
When shopping for shampoo or conditioner, always check product labels. Just because chemicals are toxic doesn't mean they aren't used. For example, did you know that sodium lauryl sulfate is known to cause cataracts in adults and improper eye development in children? Regardless, it's a common ingredient in most varieties of shampoo and conditioner. In addition to being common, the following ingredients are known dry out the scalp, irritate oil glands, corrode hair follicles, and are best avoided!
- Sodium lauryl sulfate
- Ammonium lauryl sulfate
- Derivatives of lauryl alcohol
- Myreth sulfate
- Propylene glycol (also known as antifreeze)
- Olefin sulfonate (deodorized kerosene)
Benefits of Organic Shampoo and Conditioner
Ingredient quality is the primary difference between organic and conventional hair care products. Think of it as natural vs. synthetic. Organic products gently infuse your hair follicles and skin cells with natural minerals, herbal extracts, and oils. Natural ingredients such as organic tea tree can help address skin conditions such as dandruff and scalp irritation. Beta-glucan is another ingredient that helps soothe an irritated scalp.
If you are looking for a shampoo that stimulates healthy hair, look for products that contain aloe vera and coconut oil, as they are natural moisturizers. If you want enhanced shine, choose something with organic shea butter.
When you use organic shampoos and conditioners, you're also helping the environment by letting biodegradable substances go down the drain instead of harsh chemicals. You also may not have to wash your hair every day!
†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.