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Hair Care

10 Aug 2015   Shanti Gowans
Almost all commercial shampoos and conditioners have chemicals that will destroy the health of your scalp and hair. Here you are, with the best of intentions, buying the most expensive designer hair products, yet if your hair is dry, thinning and losing its lustre. It's no surprise when you ust look at what you will find in your hair products…
Sodium lauryl sulfate 
Sodium laurel sulfate makes your shampoo lather up. But it’s so damaging, scientists use it to irritate skin so that they can discover how to heal it. It corrodes hair follicles so badly that it can make your hair fall out and not grow back. 
Cocamide DEA or Cocamide Diethanolamine
These are also chemicals that help shampoo lather up. They can make your hair dry and unmanageable. Additionally, while sitting on the shop shelves, or on your bathroom vanity, they react with other ingredients to form a potent cancer-causing chemical that gets absorbed through your skin.
Parabens, such as methylparaben and propylparaben
These chemicals act as preservatives. Parabens not only irritate the skin, which can make your scalp unhealthy, they can also affect your hormonal balance. 
Formaldehyde, found in some shampoo products, is bad news! Excessive exposure to formaldehyde can lead to hair loss. It’s cancerous, can cause headaches and respiratory problems and can even damage your DNA. Formaldehyde is the chemical dead bodies are preserved in.
Why would anyone would put alcohol in shampoo or skin products? It will dry your hair out and irritate your scalp. Always avoid hair care products that contain alcohol. 
There are a whole lot more ingredients in shampoo that aren’t good for you or your hair, but the aforementioned are five of the biggest offenders.
So, if you love having thick, shiny and lustrous hair, start reading ingredients and selecting the most natural products you can find. Bypass anything that contains the chemicals listed above. Do your homework. If you can’t pronounce an ingredient, look it up on the internet. Chances are that those substances that sounds ‘scientific’ or cannot be pronounced could be damaging to your hair.
Here are a few positive suggestion tips to keep in mind while searching for the perfect natural shampoo that’s right for you...
If you have dry or damaged hair, look for shampoos that contain truly natural moisturisers, such as shea butter, coconut oil, or avocado oil. They will not only seal in moisture but will also add shine and keep your hair hydrated throughout the day.
For oily hair, lemon and other citrus ingredients can naturally remove that ‘grimy’ feel and leave your hair feeling soft and bouncy. Green tea can also have a clarifying effect.
To get rid of dandruff, try products with tea tree oil, eucalyptus or aloe vera in them. They’ll help revitalise, cleanse and heal your scalp. 
Eat healthy. Drink water. Practise Yoga and meditate… and have a good hair day, everyday.


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