You’ve lived plenty of years without organic shampoo in your life. Suddenly, though, you’re seeing it everywhere: more brands of organic shampoos available in the market, more people making the switch and more people saying they’re happier for it. Is it all marketing hype or is the product really good for you? Take a look at what we’ve found out so far:
Harsh Chemicals in Shampoos and Spas
Believe it or not, store-bought products—from skincare to bath essentials like shampoos, soaps, conditioners and the like—potentially have negative effects on your skin in the long run, according to Global Healing Center. Some might even be too harsh for repeated use on your skin or hair. Find yourself forever worrying about dry hair? Or maybe have a perennial problem involving split ends and dandruff? Hair and scalp problems might be a result of harsh chemical treatments on your hair. One probable reason for that is your choice of store-bought shampoo. When you stick to the same brand, the chemicals in that product tend to build up in your hair over time. That’s why most people rotate the shampoos they use—it’s better for the hair.
With organic shampoo though, you don’t have problems like that. Since you’re using organic products, they’re not harsh for your hair and scalp so repeated use isn’t going to compromise your hair and scalp in the long run.
What to Watch Out For: Baddie Ingredients
The Sleuth Journal provides us with a handy list of specific ingredients you’ll need to keep your eyes peeled out for. The minute you see any of these at the back of a shampoo bottle, toss it that aside and pick something else:
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfates. Used in many brands of store-bought hair products, this ingredient can lead to cataracts in adults. If used in kid hair products, it could potentially induce abnormal eye development in growing kids.
- Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate. This one carries the risk of organ toxicity, though a moderate one. But still, a risk.
- Lauryl Alcohol Derivatives. Can cause harm to your organ system. It’s also believed to be an eye and skin irritant.
- Anti-freeze or Propylene Glycol. Risk of skin and lung irritation seems to be the major complaint for this ingredient, as well as organ toxicity.
- Deodorized Kerosene or Olefin Sulfonate. Harmful enough to compromise organ and hormone functions. It’s also a skin irritant.
The Better Choice: Organic Treatment and Beauty
Organic hair products, unlike store-bought ones, offer healthier safer alternatives. They’re usually plant-based so they’re not harsh on the body. Some, like tea tree, contain antiseptic elements that make it ideal for treating scalp irritation. Beta glucan, on the other hand—another ingredient common to organic hair products—helps ease the inflammation of cells in your scalp. If you suffer from specific types of hair and scalp conditions, treatment by organic products is a natural and therefore more effective way of healing.
Choosing Your Source
Given the heightened interest in organic beauty products over the years, more and more companies have started to launch and sell their own line of organic products. However, not all of these are as excellent as they say so it’s up to you to make the discerning choice. Here are some tips from the Telegraph on how to get organic products that really make a difference:
- Go to a retailer you trust. If you don’t know any, then look for companies that have experience in providing organic products throughout the years. For example, Jessica Alba’s The Honest Company is a great choice for organic shampoo, given the company’s longstanding experience in the field of organic products and its reputation for honesty and credibility.
- Read the labels. Remember those days when shopping for hair products meant you could randomly pluck out bottles from the grocery shelves? You often went for the shiniest packaging you could find and used that hair product until the bottle ran out or your hair ran dry. Now, it’s all about being mindful of what you use on your body. And part of that is reading all the labels of every bottle before you put it into your grocery cart or order it online.
- Know what to avoid. So brush up on your list of ‘baddie ingredients.’ Be familiar with the negative effects. Then when you start ordering products online, make sure you check the list of ingredients to make sure none of these are in any of the products you choose.
- Try it out first. Make sure you and your organic hair product match. Try it out for a week or two. If problems persist, then maybe all you need is to switch brands. If that doesn’t do the trick, consult a doctor or hair specialist.
So if you want to start providing your hair and scalp with better care, consider the merits of organic hair products. Make the switch. Be chemical free.