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5 Toxic Ingredients That You Must Watch Out For While Buying A Shampoo

It’s not easy to find the right shampoo and most women spend years experimenting with several brands and types trying to find the perfect one. While it is important to use a shampoo that suits your skin and hair type, you should also look through the list of ingredients.

Yes, we know that the labels on shampoo bottles just contain very long lists of chemical names, but there are a few that you should keep an eye out for as they will do more harm than good.

5 Ingredients That Should NOT Be There In Your Shampoo

A shampoo is meant to cleanse your hair, so it would obviously contain detergents, along with a whole slew of chemicals meant to cleanse your hair without damaging it — no easy task! However, some of the ingredients in your shampoo might just irritate your skin and cause flaking and dandruff, while others can do a lot worse. When choosing a shampoo, make sure that it does not contain the following chemicals.

1. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate OR Sodium Laureth Sulfate

“Sodium Lauryl Sulfate & sodium laureth sulfate can irritate the skin & eyes, & can cause dermatitis”

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is one of the most common ingredients in shampoos and it is only recently that concerns were raised about this detergent. Although it is a known skin and eye irritant it has been approved for consumer use as there is no concrete evidence that it reacts with DNA. However, scientists point out that it is absorbed through the skin and that repeated contact may cause dermatitis.

Furthermore, shampoos containing sodium laureth sulfate may also contain traces of a contaminant compound called 1,4 dioxane, which is formed during the manufacturing process. This compound has been classified as a probable human carcinogen — PROBABLE, not possible!

2. Sodium Chloride

“Sodium chloride in shampoos can cause dry & itchy scalp as well as hair loss”

Sodium chloride is just the chemical name for salt and so we don’t blame you for being surprised that it’s on the list of shampoo ingredients to avoid. The problem is not just with sodium chloride, but also with how this salt can react with other chemicals in the shampoo. It is generally used to thicken shampoos that contain sodium sodium lauryl sulfate and it can cause dry and itchy scalp. Research also indicates that sodium chloride can cause hair loss.

3. Synthetic Fragrance Or Parfum

“Fragrance ingredients such as phthalates are endocrine disruptors that can lower fertility levels”

There’s nothing like walking out of the shower smelling of peaches or berries! The only problem is that this amazingly natural fragrance is nothing more than a combination of chemicals; approximately 3000 chemicals are combined to make just one fragrance.

While fragrances can cause scalp irritation, the more dangerous problem are phthalates — which are fragrance ingredients that are added to make the fragrance last longer. Studies have shown that phthalates are endocrine disruptors that can reduce a woman’s libido, reduce testosterone levels in men, and cause a range of health problems in children.

4. Propylene Glycol

“Propylene glycol is a skin sensitizer that can irritate your skin and even result in a nasty case of contact dermatitis if you’re unlucky”

Propylene Glycol is an emulsifier and a solvent, which is why it is often added to shampoos — to ensure that the many chemicals in it blend properly and stay together with an even consistency. It also has antifungal and antimicrobial properties and so it works as a preservative.

However, propylene glycol is a skin sensitizer, which means that it is likely to irritate your skin, cause allergic reactions, and even result in a nasty case of contact dermatitis if you’re unlucky!

5. Dimethicone

“Dimethicone can cause scalp irritation as well as cystic acne in some people”

Dimethicone is a silicone derivative, which is why it is has a greasy consistency. It is an occlusive agent, which means that it forms a film over your skin or hair to prevent the loss of moisture and give it a smoother texture. However, it can cause scalp irritation and/or an itchy rash. Furthermore, it can also clog skin pores which then results in cystic acne.

Our Advice

All shampoos contain a certain amount of chemicals, so don’t try looking for one that has none at all. Instead, looking through the ingredients label on your shampoo will help you choose one that suits your hair AND will not irritate your scalp, eyes, or skin. If you steer clear of shampoos that contain any of these 5 ingredients, you’re already on your way to healthier hair!

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