Why Chemical-free Shampoo Is Better For Your Hair? We’ve been asked this question by several customers, and today we’ll answer all your questions.
If you’re like most people, you decide which shampoo to buy based on how it smells or whether your hair is fine, curly, color-treated or just naturally perfect (we won’t hold that gift against you).
If you have kids, you probably look for shampoos with the fragrances they like (bubblegum, anyone?). But what if we told you that many of the most common ingredients, even in shampoos labeled as “natural”, were never required to be tested for safety and are highly toxic?
As in absorbed through the skin, carcinogenic, endocrine-disrupting kind of toxic. But we’re not here to scare, we’re here to announce that Sanbe Beauty is soon releasing a #Veganfriendly toxic-free shampoo so you clean your hair worry-free.
But before we share more about our upcoming shampoo release, we’d like to educate you about The Top 8 Ingredients to Avoid.
1. Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) & Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)– These are surfactants and emulsifying agents that help create suds and are very common in shampoos. SLES is associated with organ system toxicity and skin, eye, or lung irritation. Another major concern is that often, when SLS or SLES are present in shampoos, the contaminant 1,4 dioxane is too. That’s because the manufacturing process for these sulfates results in their being contaminated with this carcinogenic by-product. To avoid these, look for shampoos that say “sulfate free” and confirm they are not listed on the ingredient label.
2. Parabens – Parabens are commonly used as preservatives in personal care products like shampoo. They prevent the growth of bacteria and other microbes which is great, except that scientists have found trace amounts of parabens in malignant tumors. Parabens can cause endocrine disruption, reproductive toxicity, developmental toxicity, and cancer. To avoid parabens, skip shampoos with ingredient names that contain the word “paraben”. Examples include: methyl paraben, propylparaben, ethylparaben, and butylparaben.
3. Fragrances – We know the fragrances in shampoos are great for making you feel clean, refreshed, awake, ready for the day, etc. But before you decide that you can’t live without your favorite shampoo and its delightful smell, there are some things you should know about fragrances:
They aren’t actually making your hair more clean – they are just giving you that perception.
Fragrance chemicals can pass through the skin and into the blood.
Many of the chemicals used to make fragrances are classified as allergens, hormone disruptors, and asthma triggers. Others are classified as carcinogens or neurotoxins.
The fragrance industry regulates itself, so the ingredients in fragrances aren’t listed because they are considered “trade secrets” and aren’t required to be safety tested.
Often only one word, “fragrance”, is used on the label and can hide more than 100 potentially toxic ingredients.
So called “natural fragrances” can be just as toxic as synthetic fragrances.
Most fragrances contain phthalates (# 7 below).
To avoid fragrances, the Environmental Working Group advises that consumers read the word “fragrance” or “parfum” and translate it to mean “hidden chemicals”. Always choose fragrance-free shampoos. Also don’t be fooled by shampoos labeled with “natural fragrance,” because there is no standard criteria for what these words mean.
Cancer – According to The National Toxicology Program, phthalates are “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen”.
Human reproductive and developmental risks
To avoid phthalates, avoid all fragranced shampoos. This is probably the biggest step you can take towards a more toxic chemical free shampoo.
5. BHA/BHT – On a hazard scale of 1 to 10 at EWG, BHA ranks high at a 10, so skipping shampoos with this one is a big step in switching to a chemical free shampoo. Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) are preservatives that are founds in a number of personal care products including shampoo. These chemicals accumulate in the body and can cause immunotoxicity, endocrine disruption, developmental toxicity, reproductive system toxicity, cancer, and organ system toxicity. To avoid these, skip shampoos with butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) listed on labels.
6. DEA/MEA/TEA (Ethanolamine Compounds) – Ethanolamine compounds are used in a variety of ways in shampoos. DEA is an emulsifier while TEA is used as an ingredient in fragrances to adjust the pH. Research on ethanolamines have linked this class of substances to liver tumors. The European Commission has banned DEA (diethanolamine) in cosmetic products. These ingredients accumulate in the body and can act as carcinogens, causing organ system toxicity, as well as environmental issues. To avoid these, skip any shampoo with TEA, DEA, MEA listed as part of the ingredient name, as well as those listing triethanolamine, diethanolamine, or monoethanolamine.
7. 1,4 Dioxane – 1,4 Dioxane is an ingredient in many personal care products such as shampoos, but you won’t see it listed on any ingredients label. Why? Because it’s a contaminant and an unwanted by-product of ethoxylation, a process that’s used to reduce the risk of skin irritation in products that contain petroleum-based ingredients. 1,4 Dioxane can cause skin, eye, or lung irritation, and organ system toxicity, birth defects and various forms of cancer. The prevalence of this toxic villain is certainly sufficient to make us switch to a chemical free shampoo! To avoid it, read labels to avoid chemicals that may signal the presence of 1,4-dioxane, like sodium laureth sulfate, sodium lauryl sulfate, PEG, “ceteareth”, and “oleth”.
8. Methylisothiazolinone (MIT) – This is a very common preservative in shampoos, including those claiming to be “natural”. MIT is associated with health risks including skin reactions (it is a contact allergen), skin sensitization, painful rashes, inhalation toxicity, organ toxicity, neurotoxicity (based on lab studies on the brand cells of mammals). To avoid it, skip any shampoos with these ingredients listed: methylisothiazolinone, 3(2H)-Isothiazolone, 2-methyl-, 2-Methyl-2H-isothiazol-3-one, 2-Methyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one, 2-Methyl-3(2H)-isothiazolone.
What would happen if you wash your hair with these toxins longterm?
We wish that question could be answered easily. However, there are many factors to take in consideration. Your overall health, and lifestyle play a great part in this. So, simply switching out a shampoo will not cure you from all, but it will eliminate 8 toxins you won’t have to worry about anymore.
Keep in mind that a healthier lifestyle is achievable, if you tackle it one-step at a time.
Why Chemical-free Shampoo Is Better For Your Hair?
You learned about the eight most dangerous toxins to avoid, all the health problems those will hit you with over time should be good reasons already. But we want to explain what a shampoo does if those toxins are removed.
So we know that many shampoos contain compounds called sulfates, which produce a rich lather that removes oil from the hair. This can help the hair look cleaner, but it can also damage the hair. Keeping at least some oil on the hair is important to protect the hair from damage. While reducing the number of times you wash your hair can not only keep your hair healthy but also save you extra cash.
People with very dry hair do not need to wash their hair daily, or even every other day. Instead, washing the hair less often will help preserve the natural oils in the scalp and keep hair well moisturized.
Washing the hair weekly or even every other week might be enough for people with very dry hair. Rinsing the hair with water in between washes can keep it looking fresh without stripping the hair of its moisture.
What’s so different about Sanbe Beauty’s Vegan-friendly Shampoo?
Not only is this shampoo mild and gentle, our shampoo contains no sulfates, and no alcohol. The suds-ing action is rich & creamy, making it extra kind to your scalp and hair. It has good body, and will not slip thru your fingers like some natural shampoos do. Its pH balanced to 5.5 for those of you who are concerned about pH levels. And we scented this shampoo with Organic Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, and Bergamot Essential oils for a refreshing and uplifting therapeutic effect.
*Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) hydrosol water, *Helichrysum italicum (helichrysum) hydrosol water, *Melaleuca Alternifolia (tea tree) hydrosol water, *Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) hydrosol water, decyl glucocide, laurel glucocide, vegetable glycerin, sodium alginate, amber extract, (gluten free) oat protein, keratin protein, panthenol DL, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, lactic acid, propanediol (naturally derived preservative), ethylhexyl glycerin (naturally derived preservative), and potassium sorbate (food grade preservative), Jasmine Extract, Cananga odorata (Ylang Ylang) oil, Citrus bergamia (Bergamot) oil.
(*) denotes a certified organic ingredient.
Jasmine Oil helps strengthen the roots of the hair, making your hair stronger and less prone to breakage. Jasmine oil is a strong anti-septic. It helps fight any microbial infection in the scalp, especially dandruff. And it has very good moisturizing properties.
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil is an effective natural treatment to reduce hair fall caused by stress and alopecia. When it is massaged into the hair follicles, it stimulates hair growth. It is a natural way to treat thinning hair.
Bergamot Essential Oil when applied on the scalp it revives the hair bulbs and encourage hair growth. Bergamot's natural stimulants direct blood flow to the scalp, ensuring proper delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the hair follicles.
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