Hair Care: Andalou Lavender & Biotin Full Volume Conditioner.
Wow! I finally found a natural shampoo and conditioner that does not leave my hair dull and lifeless! Some of the other brands I’ve tried are, Dr. Mercola, Everyday Shea and Argan Oil Moisture Repair Shampoo. Although these products are less chemical than my all time favorite shampoo, Redken Color Extened, my thin hair was heavy and dull and I was beginning to give up hope. Andalou leaves my hair shiny and light, and checkout this list! This product is certified organic, fair trade, no parabens, sulfates, GMO, petrochemicals, phthalates, synthetic fragrance, colors or preservatives. pH balanced & hypo-allergenic. Vegetarian and cruelty free!
Since becoming a master esthetician, my education involving ingredients of skin care products and how they affect the skin has helped me to developed an annoying habit of reading ingredient lists on everything (sometimes ignorance is bliss). I am constantly re-evaluating many products that I use including; skin care, sunblock, make-up, laundry detergents, perfumes, household cleaners, supplements, toothpaste and mouthwash, and now shampoo, conditioners and hair styling products! And we won’t get into food ingredients, that will be another blog post.
I’ve read that sodium lauryl sulfate can contribute to hair loss, there are lots of detailed articles out there that provide this information. Wikipedia, one of my favorite information sources on the internet, provided this information about the carcinogenicity of SLS, “Toxicology research by the U.S. OSHA, NTP, and IARC supports the conclusions of the Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association (CTFA) and the American Cancer Society that SLES is not a carcinogen.
My opinion, maybe it is not a carcinogen at certain levels or exposure percentages, but when every product you use on or around you has SLS and other chemicals as an ingredient, those levels and exposure percentages have to be higher than what the CTFA, SLES, OSHA, NTP and the IARC expected. Right? Also, I love the motto, if you can’t eat it and not get sick, don’t rub it into your skin.
SLS is also looked down upon in the skin care industry because of its ability to strip the skin of oil, which is not ideal for dry or sensitive skin types. Your scalp is the most absorptive place on your body, you should be aware of what you are putting on it everyday because in the long run, not dousing your scalp in chemicals and bi-products has to make a difference. If I wouldn’t use it on my face, I certainly shouldn’t use it on my scalp!