Shampoo! Shmapoo! You LOVE it ! It feels good….REAL good! Pureology shampoo, Cureology shampoo, “other-ology” shampoo and any other kind of synthetic shampoo. We love it! Right? Should we? Ummmm, NOT!!!! Basically, commercial shampoos almost all have some level of toxins…some way more than others. Are you risking your health?
People…listen….these all contain chemicals that are being applied to your head and absorbed into your body and brain every day! What evidence do we have that it does no harm? NONE! In fact, we KNOW that shampoo every day may do definite harm, and not just to your hair. We’re talking cancer and other awful diseases from chronic daily toxin exposure. But, listen up….. there is an alternative……
So called, “no-poo” hair washing can keep you looking great and keep the toxin load lower than ever. Remember, this is something you do EVERY day, so it adds up. Keep the “poo” out of your hair and life….
Here’s more on our Cureology “story of cosmetics” with a focus on shampoos and toxins and more information that you should really know before you continue using what you probably use every day. This is clearly a situation where somewhere along the line someone pulled the wool over our collective eyes. So, hope this helps awaken some people…. There are alternatives.
Remember, no matter how “free” of this or that a shampoo claims it is, it almost always contains some kind of synthetic cleansers. It can contain all sort of hydrolyzed this or that to reconstruct damage, but we are not concerned with that. The problem is that the synthetic cleansers contained within have carcinogenic and “anti-health” properties. Ask a company to come clean with ALL of their ingredients and you will usually get the run-around. Why? Because, although they are mandated to tell you what is contained within by the FDA, what is in there is not always clear anyway.
For example, did you know that sodium laureth sulfate (SLS) is not made from coconut oil as the label often alluringly asserts? There are all sorts of fluffers and fragrances that are passed by the FDA as being safe but this depends on what your definition of “safe” is. Some shampoos are noted to be “bio-degradable” but that does not include some of the synthetic preservatives which are not. Who do you trust? Well, in this case, no one other than yourself and common sense. We have been sold a bill of goods and the “new normal” of the past half century has been a toxic one. So what can one do?
According to Wikipedia, “no-poo proponents maintain that shampoo has only been used with fervor since the 1970s. Before then, either regular soap was used a few times a month or, just after the early 20th century, shampoo was used only a few times a year. It was in the 1970s that shampoo use became prevalent. Ads featuring Farrah Fawcett and other sex symbols asserted that it was unhealthy not to shampoo several times a week. This marketing mindset is reinforced by the greasy feeling of the scalp after a day or two of not shampooing. Using shampoo every day removes sebum, the oil produced by the scalp. This causes the sebaceous glands to produce oil at a higher rate, to compensate for what is lost during shampooing. According to Michelle Hanjani, a dermatologist at Columbia University, a gradual reduction in shampoo use will cause the sebum glands to produce at a slower rate, resulting in less grease in the scalp.”
Shampoos are a virtual swamp of toxins and potential toxins and unknown ingredients. If you want to make an impact on your toxin exposure, given how often you expose yourself to shampoo, this is a place to start. Even those shampoos that profess to be “non-toxic” often have significant levels of preservatives and other synthetic ingredients, all of which you probably cannot pronounce. So, take the following Cureology shampoo and health tip to heart. Do not put anything in or on your body that you can’t pronounce. Do your best to find out if there are “un-pronounceables” in your favorite shampoo or other personal care products. Your life and longevity may depend on it.
If no-poo is just not your thing but you want to reduce your exposure, like anything else there is a range of good to bad. Some personal care products and shampoos have more toxins than others. The Environmental Working Group has a cosmetics database which rates this for you. If you can’t find it in there, then it is not likely reputable, or hiding something.
Finally, another resource for you if you are looking for the most toxin free personal care products : Organic Excellence offers some products and has been around since the 90’s.