Most people use a shampoo to wash their hair on a regular basis; however, many of those people aren’t aware that this common hair care product may contain ingredients that could be harming their health. For many, their choice of shampoo comes down to cost, brand, perceived effectiveness or even fragrance; however, a growing number of consumers are now reading the ingredients on shampoo bottles and basing their purchasing decisions on safety.

Shampoos are generally made from a mixture of water, some form of foaming agent and a variety of other ingredients that combine to make a product that smells good, looks good and appears to do its intended job of cleaning hair. But some of the ingredients that are commonly used are harsh chemicals that have been shown to be potentially harmful to human health, either individually or in combination with other ingredients, and may pose various health risks ranging from skin conditions to cancer.

Listed below are a few of the more commonly used ingredients and just some of their potential health risks:

Propylene Glycol
Skin irritant
Potentially toxic or harmful to organ systems
May enhance absorption of other chemicals into the body via the skin
Potential immune system toxicity, skin toxicity and allergies

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate or SLS
Potentially toxic or harmful to human health
Irritant to skin and eyes
May prevent proper development of children’s eyes
Potential environmental toxin

Sodium Laureth Sulphate or SLES
Potentially toxic or harmful to human health
Skin and eye irritant
Regularly contaminated with Ethylene Dioxide and/or 1-4 Dioxane, both of which are extremely hazardous. They may cause cancer and reproductive problems and are toxic to most body systems.

Hazardous to human health
Potentially carcinogenic (may cause cancer)
Toxic to the immune system and may cause allergies
Toxic to organ systems
Regularly contaminated with nitrosamines, which may be toxic to the liver and digestive, reproductive and other body systems and may cause cancer

Potentially toxic or harmful to human health
Potentially toxic to organ systems
Often contaminated with Ethylene Dioxide and/or 1-4 Dioxane (see SLES above)

When confronted with this information for the first time, consumers are often shocked and upset; it is natural to assume that personal care products are safe for us to use. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and profits are the motivation for many companies. It is safe to say that human health and safety are not priorities for the companies that use these ingredients.

Consumers have the power to change the decisions that companies make about the formulation of products, encouraging manufacturers to use safer ingredients by educating themselves, asking questions, reading ingredient labels and changing purchasing habits.

The good news is that there is now a growing trend that sees companies towards consumers which create safer personal care products containing natural ingredients without the addition of toxic substances. For example in organic shampoos can be used materials from nature such as the organic nettle extract which significantly reduces hair loss, revitalises hair and support them to lengthen faster and gain strength!

In addition, it can improve the texture of dry and oily hair. It can softly cleanse without removing natural oils from the sculp and hair, making it ideal for dandruff treatment. Traditional herbalists believe that nettle can restore the natural color of hair and this is particularly interesting for those with gray hair.

Consumers have the power to demand safe products, changing the way businesses do business and create a better future for all people and the planet they live on.
After doing your own research, we recommend you to have a look at the Dead Sea Beauty Mud Shampoo and the Dead Sea Beauty Mud Nutritive Hair Cream


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