Shampoo…beautiful bubbles or frivolous foam?
I was minding my own business showering after my morning swim, when I noticed the amount of bubbles being generated from people washing their hair – bubbles from shower gels, soaps, shampoos…
As I stood there daydreaming surrounded by bubbles, I realised that many people would believe that you need the bubbles and suds to clean your hair thoroughly – but that would be false – hair will be just as clean whether you use a small amount of shampoo [the size of a 10p] or if you use half the bottle to become surrounded in bubbles.
Whether from media influence or simply a throwback to our childhood memories – we love bubbles and feel that there is something comforting about them – but they can be less the comforting when it comes to caring for your hair…
How many of you would be able to list the items contained within the shampoo you adore so much…I think that you would all be rather surprised that a well-known brand of shampoo contains the following:
Sodium Laureth Sulphata [powerful detergent], Cocomidpropyl Betaine [thickening agent], Polyyquaternium. 11 [antistatic agent], Polyquaternium. 22 [polymer],
Centrimonium Chloride [antistatic], Hydroxypropyl Guar [thickening], Hydropropyl Trimonium Chloride [gum], Coco Betan [foaming agent], Glycerin [emollient],
Avena Satva Kernel [oat, moisturizing], Citric acid [preservative], Tetrasodium edta [salt], Meytilparaben [fungicide], Propylparaben [hydroxybenzoic acid],
Imidazolidinyl Urean [formaldehyde] , Diazolidinyl urea [formaldehyde], Propylene Glycol [antifreeze], Hexyl cinnamal [perfume], Butylphenyl Methlpropional [synthetic fragrance]
SCARY when you really think about it – those delightful bubbles are actually made up of things that could be damaging to you and the environment!
As I stood there washing my hair, I realised that most people aren’t aware of any alternatives to the generic shampoo – and that is where this blog inspiration began…
Personally, I have always used a shampoo that was paraben sulphate free shampoo – however I have recently discovered an ORGANIC SOAP from my local organic store and I must say I am more than impressed!
The second I washed my hair with the organic soap it felt different, very strange, but a good-strange! It was a good experience and I realise now that this is how washing your hair should have always felt – natural, simple, easy, clean and healthy!
I am of the opinion that generic shampoos contain far too much salt which leaves the hair dry and also usually results in the use of too much conditioner to combat the dryness. Many of the conditioners on the market contain silicone – smoothing the hair but also leaving it flat.
When using the organic soap on my hair, I have definitely felt the difference in the health and vitality, but also the body in my hair is much more noticeable. I must say, I missed the bubbles initially but that was simply because I was used to them being there – they are light and fluffy but the ingredients behind them is likely causing some bad hair days!
So forget those bubbles and try the organic soap – let me know how it goes!
Bar soap – ingredients:
Rapeseed oil cold pressed, cocos nucifera (coconut oil), sodim hydroxide, ricinus communis (castor oil), mangifera india seed butter (mango), helianthus annuus (sunflower oil), socium lactate, rosemary infused extra virgin olea europaea (olive oil), Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary essential oil), lavandula angustifolia (lavender essential oil), geraniol, limonene, linalool (naturally occurring essential oils)
Available at: www.wild-sage.co.uk