The Price you Pay for Drug Store Shampoo
Posted on 12 February 2019
We know the price tag on drug store shampoo makes you feel like you’ve struck gold, but you might be paying for something else while saving your bank account.
Drug store shampoo is made with chemicals that hurt your hair and the environment. If you choose to eat healthy and work out, why would you put harmful chemicals directly on your body? Here are five of the many chemicals found in drug store shampoo and why you should avoid them.
Sulfates work when they bind with sebum on your scalp and water from your shower head. The action of rinsing the shampoo out of your hair strips oil very easily. With this, they also take all the moisture with it. Sulfates cause the hair to be brittle, frizzy and damaged.
Is it a good idea to put something on your body that is used to increase canned food/s shelf life? Probably not. Parabens are used to prevent bacteria from growing inside your shampoo and cosmetics and can be absorbed topically. Parabens also have been linked to increased growth of breast cancer cells.
A technical term for salt, sodium chloride works as a thickening agent in your shampoo. Salt has the tendency to make sensitive scalps dry and itchy, which can eventually lead to hair loss due to irritation.
Polyethylene Glycols (PEG)
Used as another thickening agent, PEG is often contaminated with byproducts and derived from petroleum. Common byproducts in PEG such as ethylene oxides and 1,4-dioxane are harmful and toxic.
Diethanolamine (DEA) and Triethanolamine (TEA)
DEA and TEA are used as emulsifiers and foaming agents, allowing ingredients that are water-soluble and oil-soluble to blend together. Both of these products are known carcinogens that have been banned in Europe. If Europe has banned these chemicals, they probably shouldn’t be used in our bodies.
Switching to an all-natural shampoo is better for your body and the environment. Our Everyday Shampoo has three key ingredients that aid in your hair health.
Jojoba oil is a liquid wax. The chemical composition resembles the natural sebum produced by the scalp. It's a lubricant and emollient and may help repair damaged shafts and protect from environmental damage.
Castor oil is a humectant and draws moisture to the hair. It’s rich in a single fatty acid, ricinoleic acid, which provides soft conditioning and a great lather.
Sunflower oil is full of the amazing vitamins A, B, D and E. It is also super high in oleic acid, which makes it moisturizing and conditioning.
Additional ingredients in our shampoo include olive oil, coconut oil, water, castor oil, lye, and 100% pure essential oils of lavender, rosemary, and lemongrass.
So, toss out the drug store shampoo and switch to a natural product that doesn’t harm your hair or the environment. Shop our shampoo here.