Shampoo is the Devil. Repent.

This write-up is meant to accompany the Shampoo alternative infographic. 

I wanted to do this write up because I know a lot of people upon seeing the graphic will say, “That sounds nice but my hair is too thick/textured/curly/greasy/thin for such a thing.” And I can understand where you’re coming from, but regardless of your hair type, I can assure you commercial shampoo is bad for it. So give it a try if you want, or don’t! I know it took me way too long to try it (and actually stick with it), but I’m glad I did!

WHY SHAMPOO IS THE DEVIL

It is a detergent. It removes oils. All oils. And you’re told by bath and beauty companies that this is in fact, amazing, that if you don’t use their shampoo you will be greasy and no one will love you. However, oils are the key to balanced skin and balanced hair and balanced everything. Oils will always be your friends, they are the protective layer that catches dirt and dust and other debris. And your body knows what it’s doing. Given you don’t have gland issues, it produces enough oil to keep you functioning awesomely and to keep your hair shiny and full of volume.

      Shampoo is constantly removing these oils, so your body says “Damn. Time to make more oil I guess” and it goes into overtime, MAKING YOUR HAIR MORE GREASY. And if you are like me, I said “Why is my hair so greasy? I guess I need to shampoo EVERYDAY” and then my body couldn’t produce enough oil to keep up, and my scalp got dry. Which lead to dandruff and constant itching and constant sensitivity. So what do the diabolical corporate geniuses do? They make shampoo specifically for greasy hair and dandruff and we buy into it and the horrible cycle repeats.

This is bullshit my friends.

ET TU, LUSH?

Shampoo is notorious for carrying horrible, no good, very bad ingredients.  Brands are getting more and more clever about their advertising, attempting to hide these ingredients behind an “all natural” or “organic” label. Be extra wary of new brands that have green logos and package their products in recycled paper. They are most likely trying to hide something. (Also, let’s just put it out there, NATURAL DOES NOT EQUAL SAFE. Poison ivy is natural, rattlesnakes are natural, quicksand is natural, and none of them are good for you.)

There are countless ingredients you should be aware of, some shampoos even contain Formaldehyde, but to keep it simple look out for the following:

-Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate (SLS)- The big one. Is used to clean car engines, and actually alters tissue structure allows chemicals penetrate deeper, and more easily enter the blood stream. It is corrosive, an irritant, and a pesticide.

-Ammonium Laureth Sulfate (ALS)- Can be contaminated with carcinogens, and is responsible for immune system damage, has also been reported to cause hair, scalp and eye irritation. Its basic function is to foam, therefore it is found in everything from toothpaste to dish washing soap and is present in 90% of commercial shampoos.

-TEA Lauryl Sulfate (Cocamide)- This one goes by many names, and like ASL is a lung and skin irritant, and can form nitrosamines, a cancer causing chemical compound. The FDA (American Food & Drug Administration) and NTP (American National Toxicology Program) have both warned against their use.

-Propylene Glycol- Found in anti-freeze, used to remove barnacles from boats and is found in most cosmetics and toiletries. Linked to stomach and respiratory issues, as well as eye and skin irritation.

-Methylparaben (along with most parabens)- Used to extend shelf life of products, but known to disrupt hormone functions, and posses a toxicity to cells, mostly reproductive tissue. Linked to Breast Cancer.

-Phthalates- This can be a hidden danger since it is present in some synthetic fragrances. Now, fragrances (including those in your shampoo) are under “trade secret” protection, meaning companies do not have to divulge the specific ingredients to a fragrance or perfume. But be aware, Phthalates are linked to insulin resistance and reduced sperm productions, in addition to damaging the endocrine system.

     Even trusted brands like LUSH use these ingredients. I fell in love with their Godiva Solid Shampoo bar last year, and I thought I was doing something good for my hair. Alas, SLS is their number one ingredient. And in case you didn’t know, ingredients are listed on cosmetics by concentration, meaning the first ingredient is the most prevalent in the product. With most bottled shampoos you’ll notice its water (meaning you are paying a shit ton of money for mostly water), usually followed by SLS and ALS.

PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR BODY

Be aware when using new products, especially commercial products and especially if you have gluten or coconut allergies. Some of the chemicals listed above can be linked to respiratory and sinus issues, as well as rashes and skin irritations. Pay attention and even chart when you start using a product, if you started experiencing skin issues when you began using a new product, it’s probably not a coincidence.

BE SAFE HAVE FUN LISTEN TO HEAVY METAL<3

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