Shampoo is an integral part of our hair care regime. Today, shampoos have become ubiquitous and are available in varied abundance in all shops big and small, from the local grocery stores to the gigantic shopping malls.
But, did you know that your shampoo may be made of certain chemicals that don’t go well with your body and type of hair.
Nature’s way of doing things:
As per the natural cycle, the scalp produces natural oils that act like a protective shield for the hair and protect it from the sun, dust, pollution etc. The chemicals in the shampoo strip the hair of these natural oils. So, the scalp produces more oil. Regular usage of shampoo creates a vicious cycle where the scalp keeps producing oil and the shampoo keeps straining it away. This causes you to become overly-dependent on the shampoo.
Some more side-effects:
Another poisonous repercussion of shampoo usage is conditions such as hair loss, hair thinningand in some cases scalp damage as well. These are caused due to the toxic chemicals that are used in creating the shampoos.
The key chemical or culprit here is surfactants like Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS). Studies have linked this chemical to severe hair, skin, and scalp damage.
Shampoo makers camouflage SLS by a variety of chemical names such as diethanolime (DEA), triethanolamine (TEA) and monoethanolamine (MEA, and Sodium Laureth Sulfate.
The purpose of SLS is to lower the surface tension in water thereby helping the shampoo to spread out more evenly and acts like a great foaming agent.
Therefore, be an educated buyer and check your shampoo’s ingredients before buying them to see if the above mentioned chemicals go into the making of your shampoo.
Other avenues. New alternatives:
You may be thinking, if not shampoo then what?
Here are some alternatives that you can experiment with:
Eggs being a rich source of protein act like a good hair care mask. Whisk a whole egg in a cup and apply it generously to your scalp. Retain for a couple of minutes and rinse through. One word of caution, this mask does not smell good, so try this only if you are comfortable with the odor.
Want to get SQUECKY clean hair. Make a quick paste ofSodium Bicarbonate/Baking Soda with few drops of water. Leave the paste on for a few minutes before rinsing it out to get spotless clean hair.
You could also use lemons, henna, green tea, since they play a great role in cleansing your tresses.
Hope this article has been an eye-opener to you and will help you in making an informed decisionevery time you go shopping.
source: time of gist