How traditional Shampoos Hurt Your Hair
Living a healthy lifestyle begins on the inside by feeding our bodies nutritious, organic, whole and live foods but it doesn’t have to stop there. What we put on our skin gets absorbed into our bodies within seconds. Once we begin thinking about what’s actually really in most commercial shampoos, it makes one asks the question: Why am I putting all these chemicals on my body? Traditional shampoos contain a multitude of potentially poisonous ingredients and chemicals which are not only absorbed into the bloodstream, but also strip the hair and scalp of an important natural oil called SEBUM.
How Do Sulfates Create Problems For My Hair and Scalp?
Why do so many people have dandruff, seborrhea, even eczema and psoriasis of the scalp? First we need to learn about how your scalp and hair are naturally supposed to function. Sebaceous oils are naturally created in the scalp and act as the best natural conditioner for your hair and scalp, providing much-needed moisture organically. Sulfates and other harmful chemicals in your shampoo dry out your scalp and strip your hair of these natural oils, forcing your scalp to go into emergency mode over-produce oil, leaving your hair looking dull and your scalp unhealthy. Sulfates like Sodium Laurel Sulfate or SLS (the chemical which creates that lather) are very harsh and do more than strip the hair of its natural oils, SLS removes beneficial bacteria that are key to maintaining a healthy scalp and hair. Once the “good” bacteria have been removed by sulfates, harmful germs have an open playing field, resulting in rashes, hair loss, allergic reactions and irritation.
Even shampoos claiming to be “natural” and sulfate-free are usually filled with chemicals. They use expressions like, “derived from coconut” or “plant-based” to trick consumers into believing that they are buying a chemical-free shampoo, however, these derivatives can be highly toxic and equally damaging to the hair and scalp. Sulfates, cocamides and other chemicals in your shampoo also force you to wash more often and follow with a paraben-filled conditioner. As the shampoo strips the sebaceous oils from your scalp, it also strips and damages the hair follicle itself. This forces you to follow your shampooing with a paraben, plastic, and silicone filled conditioner which will coat the hair follicle in order to make the hair appear soft and manageable. However, this only covers the problem instead of solving it.