Monday, April 18, 2011

What to look for in a shampoo/conditioner...

If going "no poo" (sans shampoo) isn't for you, there is still plenty you can do to be kind to your hair and the environment. I found lots of good info on the web, so I will sum that up below. I reaaally understated the info, so make sure you click the links for more information!

What to look for when choosing a Natural Shampoo
1. Avoid antibacterial agents (i.e. triclosan).
2. Look for plant-based biodegradable ingredients. In particular, try to avoid ingredients like BHA and parabens, and seek out those labeled as biodegradable.
3. Look for the USDA Organic seal to make sure you're getting a "real" organic product.

*All this info was taken directly from this site: click the link to get more info about the "whys and hows."*

Shampoo Cleansing Ingredients To Avoid:
Extremely common ingredients
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate
Ammonium Laureth Sulfate
Ammonium Xylene Sulfonate
TEA Lauryl Sulfate
Sulfur (in dandruff shampoos)
Selenium Sulfide (in dandruff shampoos)
Less common ingredients
Magnesium Sulfate
Sodium Thiosulfate
Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate
Alkyl Sodium Sulfate
Alkyl Benzene Sulfonate
Sodium C12-15 Alkyl Sulfate
Sodium Dodecyl Sulfonate
*This info was taken directly from this site: Click the link to get a lot more information on which shampoos she uses, etc.*
If you're craving some more information on all this, here are a couple more links that I found really informative. They both have great information that applies to both skin and haircare products. Click the links to read more!

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