By now you know that I want to get rid of possibly all chemicals at my home. I want my family to be as far away as possible from the chemicals. When I started searching on natural shampoos , I came across some articles which opened my eyes. I was surprised to know that all this while I was using pretty dangerous shampoos and conditioners.No wonder I hear about cancer so much more now and within my family members. Its quite scary 😦
As I researched more, i heard about the concept on ‘no-poo’ – no shampoo. Here is the wikipedia link in case you want to know more about this.
I can give you my reasonings on why I went route of homemade organic shampoo:
- Shampoos remove natural oils from the scalp making it dry , so our scalp starts
- Most of the shampoos contain chemicals like SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate) – Studies found that sulfates can be absorbed by our liver which could cause hormonal issues in people.
- Many shampoos use Cocamide DEA .International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) identifies this chemical as possibly carcinogenic(having the potential to cause cancer) to humans.
- Shampoos contain Parabens which have been linked to reproductive damage and organ toxicity.
- Fragrance: Fragnance in shampoo and other products come from 3100 chemicals.These are highly toxic and can result in liver toxicity, damage to the central nervous system, allergies, brain fog, obesity, asthma, headache, contact dermatitis, organ toxicity, and cancer.
- Polyethylene Glycol : widely used to create creamy texture. PEG may be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane and ethylene oxide, another known carcinogen. California has classified polyethylene glycol as a developmental toxicant that may interfere with human development.
Few facts about going to ‘no-poo’ route:
It will take you atleast 3-4 weeks to get accustomed to the new shampoo since store bought shampoos are so strong that they strip all the natural oils from our scalp hence making the scalp dry. Scalp inturn starts producing more oil hence making our hair oily in 3-4 days. We shampoo again and the cycle continues. By going to this new shampoo it will take time to train our scalp for producing less oil so do not get disheartened if your hair looks oily first few weeks after shampooing since it will happen 🙂
I have tried using mutliple recipes and you might have to adjust the oils based on your hair needs.