A natural, moisturizing shampoo is an absolute must with scalp conditions on the rise and in today's world full of harsh and drying hair products! I will show you what ingredients to look for in your moisturizing shampoo AND just as importantly, what ingredients to stay away from.
Most of us are exposed to some type of advertising, whether in T.V. commercials, print ads or radio. They promise us beautiful hair, a healthy scalp and a bright future if we wash with "their" special shampoo.
A little known secret that most shampoo companies don’t want you to know is that when you wash your hair with one of their nutrient-rich shampoos, most of the nutrients and active ingredients in the product don’t actually end up in your hair but rather they wind up down the drain. You see, the reason for this is that the shampoo molecules they contain are too large to penetrate the cells of hair (and more importantly the tiny hair follicles where our hair actually grows). Therefore, they just sit on top of the follicle until washed away.
There is a vast range of commercial products on the market toted as "moisturizing shampoo" - but BEWARE - these can cause more harm than good! Not only do these damage your hair shafts and follicles and negatively affect your physical appearance (not to mention the emotional affect this can have) but they undermine your precious health as well. I'll begin with what shouldn't be in your moisturizing shampoo!
Here are the top 8 ingredients that can dry out your hair and scalp in addition to having a negative effect on your health:
1) MINERAL OIL - a key ingredient in most shampoo products. It is the worst for oily or problematic hair. Mineral oil is actually a by product in the processing of gasoline from petroleum. When it sits on top of the hair follicle for a long period of time it acts like a plastic wrap causing dry hair. Mineral oil is simply a cheap filler 80% of companies use to help increase their products regardless of the harmful effects.
2) DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (monoethanolamine) and TEA (triethanolamine) are hormone-disrupting chemicals found in many shampoos. They're thought to cause cancer so stay away.
3) Imidazolidinyl DMDM Hydantoin - these are preservatives in many hair products(shampoos as well as creams, gels, sprays) that release formaldehyde, (formaldehyde based solutions are used in embalming to disinfect and temporarily preserve human remains pending final disposition), triggering skin irritations and even heart palpitations.
4) FRAGRANCE - if you see the word "fragrance" on the ingredient list it means synthetic ingredients that can cause allergic reactions.
5) ALCOHOL - rapidly dries out the hair and is found in most shampoos, hairsprays and volumizers, which contain tons of this harmful ingredient.
6) PHTHLATES, (pronounced thowl-ates) - used in a lot of hair products to stabilize fragrances, also makes plastics flexible. Studies have suggested that phthalates can cause reproductive problems in boys and early puberty in girls. Further studies found that men with the most exposure to them were on average about three inches larger in the waist than other men. Their insulin resistance levels were notably higher as well.
7) SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE - used because it is an inexpensive detergent and makes the shampoo foam well but has cancer causing properties.
8) PARABENS - preservatives that have been identified as clear-cut xenoestrogens which are synthetic toxic substances that have the potential to act like the female hormone estrogen in women's bodies, found in popular shampoos and they can increase women's breast cancer risk.
Many people ask, "Why should these ingredients be of concern? These chemicals go only skin deep, right?" In fact, because phthalates aren't always strongly bonded to the materials to which they are added, they can be absorbed into the human body either through inhalation or through the skin.
Parabens are also extremely well absorbed via the skin and migrate via the skin into the bloodstream. Their use is particularly troubling because their absorption into the bloodstream bypasses the gastrointestinal tract where they might be broken down. In other words, these hair products likely deliver one of the most potent dosages of these harmful toxins.
I found out that a recent marketplace review of more than 100 leading brands of shampoos indicated that most contain these ingredients. The main reason sodium lauryl sulfate is used is because it is an inexpensive detergent and makes mixtures foam well. Sadly, it has a significant degenerative effect on the cell membranes because of its protein denaturing properties.
Studies have indicated that sodium lauryl sulfate enters and maintains residual levels in the heart, liver, lungs and brain from skin contact and poses a serious potential health threat from its use in shampoos and cleansers. It was also concluded to cause corneal(eye) damage.
Still other research has indicated sodium lauryl sulfate may be damaging to the immune system, especially within the skin. Skin layers may separate and inflame due to its protein denaturing properties.
Additional studies have found that sodium lauryl sulfate is heavily deposited on the skin surface and in the hair follicles causing damage to the hair follicle resulting in hair loss.
In fact, shampoos rank among the hair products most often reported to the Food and Drug Administration in association with dry hair and scalp, irritation and outbreaks, stinging eyes, and tangled, split, and fuzzy hair.
As an advocate of natural remedies, I believe in the immediate and long term benefits of using only natural, moisturizing shampoos for your hair and scalp.
They should contain the right combination of natural herbal extracts, vitamins C and E, tea tree oil and more. You see, these are highly reparative ingredients that can be used for every type of scalp condition! And the body responds quickly to "natural" as you will see.
I believe in using only naturally made products made with herbal ingredients. I have seen time and time again that using an effective moisturizing shampoo is critically important.
Three highly effective ingredients in an herbal moisturizing shampoo should include tea tree oil, shea butter and urea . These three ingredients provide a powerful formula to relieving dry scalp symptoms.
Tea Tree Oil: Tea Tree Oil has been used for many, many years by people around the world for its' extraordinary medicinal qualities. It has a very helpful restorative effect on skin infections and scalp disorders of every kind.
Shea Butter: This thick, rich butter has a soothing, moisturizing and protecting effect. Shea butter also helps cell regeneration and capillary circulation.
Urea: Has been medically proven in various clinical studies to have superior anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties that helps promote fast healing of dry, cracked, split skin, eczema, psoriasis, rashes, acne as well as dry, itchy, flaky scalp as well as adding much needed moisture.
A natural moisturizing shampoo doesn't disturb the natural PH of the hair & scalp like most commercial shampoos do. It soothes and hydrates the scalp for long lasting relief and health. A great moisturizing shampoo will keep the pH of the hair at about its natural level, around 5.0 or so. When the pH of the hair gets too high, the hair becomes too alkaline, and the cuticles open, the hair becomes dry and brittle, and the shine disappears. If the pH of the hair gets too low it will become hard and rough. The aim of a proper moisturizing shampoo is to keep the hair in a balance between the cuticles opening too much, and the hair becoming too hard.
Further,iIt should be so gentle and mild that it can even be used on babies and small children and be safe for the whole family.
Remember, this is your valuable life, your wonderful body, your rightful health......choose wisely and please stay informed.
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