How do we choose the shampoo that we use? Or for that matter, any of the cosmetics that are on the dresser? It is funny to hear the answers: Many of us will answer that it is the strength and quality of the advertisement campaign that did the trick.
For some it is the shape of the bottle, for others it is the fragrance and yet others fall prey to door-to-door salesmen. How many of us actually look at the ingredients on the back of the bottle to get an idea as to what you are exposing your body to?
How to Choose Shampoos – What Ingredients to Avoid
Some of the harmful ingredients that are added to shampoos are listed below.
- Formaldehyde: Used as a preservative
- Coal Tar: Found in anti-dandruff shampoos
- SLS’s Sodium Laureth and Sodium Lauryl Sulphates: Used as degreasers and strip the natural oils from your skin and scalp paving the way for dandruff and other scalp problems to arise.
- Ethylene diamine (tetracetic acid): Used as a stabilizer
- D&C Green 5: Coloring agent
- Ketoconazole: A synthetic antifungal drug
- Selenium sulfide: Active ingredient in anti-dandruff shampoos
Apart from these there are also other toxic substances like Alkyl-phenol ethioxlades, Propylene glycol, Voriconazole, Calcipotriol (INN), or calcipotriene (USAN) that are poison for our skin and body.
All these toxins are causing agents of various irritants like itching, fungal infection, lowering of sperm count, fertility problems in women, liver infection, cancer of skin… the list is endless.
Most of the anti-dandruff shampoos just act to temporarily address the problem that is in hand by masking the symptom. They do not act in replenishing the irritated itchy scalp with the lost nourishment it needs, and in fact man aggravate the problem further so after a certain dormant period the problem resurfaces.
How to Choose Shampoos – What Ingredients to Have
But don’t lose heart. There are solutions at hand. Pure natural ways to healthy scalp and hair. Many companies are coming out with herbal solutions to all your hair care problems. The active ingredients in these products are 100% natural. Some of these products include:
- Zinc Pyrithione
- Salycylic Acid (from Willow Bark)
- Tea Tree Oil (melaleuca)
- Virgin Cocnut oil (Non processed)
- New Zealand Manuka
- Wild Cherry
- Aloe Barbabenis
- Neem Oil
- Lavender Oil
- Rosemary Oil
All of the above natural products are soothing to the skin and act as an herbal analgesic or have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and antiseptic properties. Some of them help to bring down inflammation. Most of them are filled with vitamins and minerals that are important to maintenance of a healthy body. A lot of these natural remedies help in detoxification of the body.
So, the next time you buy a shampoo or any hair care product, see what has gone into making it. It is very important to go in for products that have no side effects and those that eliminate your problems right from the roots.
There are so many shampoos that have naturally derived ingredients that are just as if not more powerful than their drug-based counterparts. Once you know what to avoid and what to look for instead as ingredients you will be well on your way to a healthy scalp and beautifully conditioned hair.
And if you use natural plant & nut oils you can give your hair and scalp an effective treatment that many people report to cure dandruff and itchy scalp – without the need for any other treatment whatsoever. After all our hair & scalp deserves a treat too and why not if it is easy and costs peanuts to do.
This article is written by Mia Wadsworth. Mia Wadsworth who founded DryItchyScalpRemedies.com to help hundreds of sufferers of Itchy Scalp, Dry Scalp, dandruff & other scalp conditions relieve & eliminate their condition fast & permanently. After curing her own painful condition using her own remedy for dry itchy scalp, Mia now helps sufferers learn what causes itchy scalp, other scalp infections & how to use powerful home remedies & dry itchy scalp treatments to regain confidence & beautiful shiny hair.
To find out how you can go about curing scalp conditions and scalp infections, visit her website –DryItchyScalpRemedies.com