What's in that bottle? How often do we actually look at the ingredients list? The cosmetic industry promise us the "wonder in the bottle", you actually should not do anything, just use their product on a daily basis! I took a random shampoo to see a wonder – "Dream Lengths Shampoo by LOREAL". The company assure us that Dream Lengths intensely repairs lengths right to the tips. The formula contains a powerful cocktail that repairs hair to the tips, nourishes, adds shine and helps keep hair long, and it makes hair stronger!
Let's see the ingredients list…the list contains 43 ingredients! WHAT? Let's start with first 6 ingredients. Probably you already heard that first 3 ingredients is what makes-up 90% of the product.
Our first 3 ingredients are:
SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE - is a detergent and also makes products’ bubble and foam.
COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE - is used as a foam booster in shampoos ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
So, how those are making your hair LONG, SHINY, and STRONG
Next 3 ingredients are:
DIMETHICONE – is a silicon-based polymer used as a lubricant and conditioning agent. Healthy concerns – organ system toxicity.
SODIUM CHLORIDE – it is inorganic salt. Why do I need a salt in shampoo?
PARFUM – When you see a word perfume, it means you may have up to 100 other components in the product in order to have that beautiful-toxic aroma. By law, the manufacture may not list ingredients for "perfume" so you will never know another 100 toxic ingredients.
HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR SHAMPOO NOW?
I would like to share with you with a simple homemade shampoo recipe. I stopped to buy shampoo about three years ago because I had severe itchiness and dandruff. I tried every single shampoo, including so-called “organic” and “natural,” but the outcome was the same.
If you decided to switch you “chemical friends” to natural one, be prepared for some adaptation! Your hair will have a shock! But after week or two, you will see great results!
There are hundreds of recipes for shampoos, and when you are just starting your “natural adventure” do not afraid to try. Some recipes might be good for you, but some are not. YOU NEED TO TRY!
Soap nuts - 10
1 L filtered water - we will boil our nuts there
Essential oils - 30 drops
Put soap nuts in the water (1L) and let them boil for 30-40 minutes. When it's ready, let them sit in the pot another 60 minutes to cool down. Add essential oils of your choice. Stir, and put it in the glass jar with top. Keep in the fridge all the time. 1L is enough for two times/washes.
ESSENTIAL OILS FOR SHAMPOO:
For all hair type: Rosemary, Sage, Lavender
For oily hair: Lemon, Bergamot, Cedarwood
For dry/to treat dandruff: Lavender, Tea Tree, Cedarwood, Geranium
To stimulate growth: Rosemary, Bay, Peppermint. These oils have to be used with caution and at an appropriate percentage of safe usage.