One of the best things I have done for my hair is research.
Yes, that sounds incredibly nerdy of me, but as it turns out there is plenty of information out there that most consumers of hair care products do not know! Today's topic is the chemicals in shampoos.
At the moment, I am currently doing my Natural Hair Care Challenge (previous post) so I am not using any shampoos. For anyone who still uses shampoos or uses them every now and then, make sure when you are at the store to READ THE LABELS and INGREDIENTS. I know it is so tempting to impulse buy on the products that are the biggest, brightest colors, and unique shapes, even smells as well, but if you want to help your hair at all, read what chemicals are in the product you are about to spend your hard earned money on!
Some common chemicals that are bad for your hair include:
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate
Ammonium Laureth Sulfate
Ammonium Xylene Sulfonate
TEA Lauryl Sulfate
Sulfur (in dandruff shampoos)
Selenium Sulfide (in dandruff shampoos)
Other very dangerous ones are magnesium sulfate and sodium thiosulfate.
A good amount of the drug store shampoos such as Pantene, Dove, VO5, and Suave contain these products unfortunately. Some brands that do not have these chemicals include Garnier Fructis and some L'Oreal products as well as Back to Basics.
So for any shampoo users, please read labels! The difference can be amazing or brutal to your gorgeous locks!