Why leave commercial shampoo?
Let’s discuss Here just a few of the most common ingredients of shampoo highlighted as Chemicals of Concern by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. Quick! Take cover!
- Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium Laureth sulfate cause shampoo to be lovely and bubbly 14 but are also skin and eye irritants that come with major warning labels.
- Cocamide diethanolamine was found to be 98 shampoos available on the high street. Cocamide DEA is not only an allergen with high potential as an irritant but it is known carcinogen and banned in some States.
- Parabens have been connected to higher estrogen levels, which wreak havoc with the hormones. They’ve been found in breast cancer tissue, revealing that they can indeed migrate through the skin into the tissue. Further research is required as to exactly the relationship between these two things.
- Quaternium-15 is a preservative that discharges formaldehyde. It is an allergen that can cause dermatitis as well as having been linked to cancer, particularly leukemia.
- Methylisothiazolinone (MIT) has been connected with neurological damage and Alzheimer’s disease.
- Almost all commercial shampoos involve mineral oil, a byproduct of crude oil being turned into gasoline. It is pretty much the leftover sludge. I. It coats each shaft, indeed adding a glossy sheen, but also preventing any toxins and excess oils ever leaving your hair.
The science behind getting NO Pooer:
Regularly using shampoo and conditioner washes out our hair’s natural oils and forces our hair to act strangely – most commonly massively over-producing oil resulting in hair that gets greasy really quickly. Cutting out the shampoo, either gradually or swiftly, gives our bodies a chance to produce the correct amount of oil. This may happen in a couple of weeks or a few months- but eventually, our hair gets with the program. People tend to find a natural alternative to shampoo and conditioner – something that is a little more gentle and that supports good oil production – and often find more brushing and massaging the scalp helps too.
There are a few interweaving factors – sebum, surfactants, hair structure, and pH balance. Sebum, the oil produced from our skin, has quite wonderful properties that essentially mean that the urban legend we
all heard about hair washing itself is true. Sebum and sweat mix on your scalp to produce an “acid mantle” – the role of which is to protect our skin and hair from everything out there. It guards against the seasons, and it inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria and fungi. When this acid mantle is messed with the skin is more vulnerable to infection or damage. Commercial hair products tend to be judged on their ability to get rid of all the sebum. However, getting rid of all the sebum impacts the protection of the acid mantle and also fails to recognize the other vital qualities of sebum.
The most important component of all shampoos are the surfactants – “surface-active agents”- they are chains of atoms, one end of which is hydrophilic (water lover) and one end of which is hydrophobic (water hater, oil lover.) These excellent atoms clean the hair by the oil-loving end clinging to the grime and the water-loving end clinging to the water rushing over the hair shaft. Sebum is an incredibly mild surfactant that, upon meeting water, dissolves not only itself, but all the grime smeared upon your hair shaft. The alternatives to shampoo used by No Pooers create processes that produce surfactants a turbo-boosted cleanse.
There are two popular options that no pooer can use to clean their hair.
- Bicarbonate of Soda/Baking Soda (BS)
- Soap nuts
Organic Roots is providing soap nuts with other beneficial ayurvedic herbs
How to use :
Boil hand full of content in two cups of water for ten minutes and pour and massage the liquid onto your wet hair – without letting it drip into your eyeballs, they will scream. You can save half the liquid for your next wash if it is within a week and kept in the fridge. And you can dry them and use them once more. Hair will be glossy, shiny, super sleek and clean as a whistle.
What you can use as a conditioner:
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
Apple cider vinegar is one of the milder vinegar out there, providing the much-needed acidity element. Apple cider vinegar does smell vinegary whilst it is being mixed and poured onto your hair, but as your hair dries the smell will leave, banishing all other smells with it. HOW TO: Make a rinse for your hair using a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a cup of cold water. Some people, those with thicker hair or harder water, may use up to a quarter of a cup of apple cider vinegar in a cup. Pour it through the ends of your hair and leave for 2 minutes and rinse off. Some people also leave it in their hair – depending on the nature of your hair this will leave your hair superbly glossy or disastrously sticky!
Be careful… Keep it away from your Eyes while it is on the head or you rising it out. Soap nuts can give extremely discomfort to your eyes.