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The Effects Of Chemical Shampoo On Your Hair

Even after getting the best hair shampoos and conditioners and following a good hair care routine your hair may seem dull, dry, damaged, and lifeless. Ever wondered why? Turn the bottle of your shampoo or conditioner and read the ingredients carefully. Maybe you’ll get an answer there. 

Some of the not- so- nice ingredients could be why you are having trouble retaining your hair health. 

Harmful Chemicals in Shampoo to Avoid

  1. Sulphates:
    Also named as ammonium lauryl sulphate (ALS) and sodium laureth sulphate (SLES), sulphates are strong detergent agents and some of the common harmful chemicals in shampoos, which not only remove dirt and product residue from your scalp but also strip off its natural oil. This leads to extremely dehydrated scalp and makes your hair brittle and frizzy.Head over to our blog on benefits of sulphate-free shampoo to learn more about it.
  2. Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)
    We all enjoy the foaming texture of our shampoos, which makes it easy to lather and cleanse our scalp and hair. However, this SLS is extremely irritating to eyes, scalp, and skin in general. If you have colour- treated hair, it is best to avoid such harmful ingredients in shampoo as they can strip the colours off the strands. 

  3. Parabens
    Parabens are preservatives in your hair products that keep  them safe from bacteria. These become harmful chemicals in shampoo as parabens can mimic oestrogen, a hormone that is known to increase the growth of breast cancer cells. Shampoo without harmful chemicals do not contain these preservatives and are often derived from natural ingredients, hence safer to use on your body. 

  4. Sodium Chloride
    Another name for salt, sodium chloride is one of the bad shampoo ingredients that is used to thicken its consistency. If you have sensitive skin, the sodium chloride in shampoo and conditioner will leave your scalp itchy, dry, and prone to hair loss. 

  5. Alcohol
    Alcohol in shampoos leave your hair dry and if it's higher up in the ingredients list, it generally contains more alcohol. However,  not all alcohols are damaging. For instance,  cetearyl and stearyl alcohol can help retain moisture but those with ‘prop’ in their name such as isopropyl and propanol should be avoided.  

  6. Artificial Fragrances
    Artificial fragrances are often mixed with many toxic chemicals and bad shampoo ingredients that can be disruptive to our bodies. Besides being irritant to the skin, they can often lead to hair loss as well. 

  7. Dimethicone
    A form of silicone, dimethicone is one of the harmful ingredients in shampoo that contributes to creating product build up that makes your scalp greasy. The product buildup is layered on the scalp and stops your hair care routine from penetrating into the deep layers of your skin. Since product build up also clogs your pores, this is why your scalp gets itchy and feels uncomfortable. 

Tips on Choosing A Natural and Shampoo Conditioner

  • If you have dry and rough hair, you should look for shampoos and conditioners that are rich in humectants to counter the roughness. Shampoo without harmful chemicals and Coconut oil-infused products are a good alternative to use. 
  • If your hair product contains nourishing oils, you need to add it into your hair care routine. Look for oil such as olive oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil etc., to retain the shine of your hair. There can be the presence of harmful chemicals in hair oil. Therefore, always use the oils in their natural form.Also, avoid using shampoos with toxic ingredients 
  • To create a strengthening layer on your hair and scalp, you can add moisturising butters into your hair care routine. Butters such as vitamin E, shea butter, argan oil, vitamin B5 are all great at conditioning your hair. This will make your hair stronger and healthier. 

Use Coco Soul:

If you are looking for natural hair care products that is free from harsh chemicals, you need to switch to using the natural scalp and hair cleanser and moisturising hair conditioner by Coco Soul. Infused with the goodness of natural ingredients, this combination of shampoo and conditioner cleanses and hydrates your hair and scalp with utmost care and zero harsh chemicals. Below are the natural ingredients used in Coco Soul hair cleanser and conditioner combo

Virgin Coconut Oil With Vitamin E: 

A household staple and an elixir in the ancient Ayurvedic realm, virgin king coconut hair oil is known to hydrate the scalp effectively. Loaded with antioxidants and good fats, this natural coconut oil can nurture the roots and fight hair dryness strongly. 

Frequently Asked Questions On The Effects Of Chemical Shampoo On Your Hair

  1. Are chemicals harmful for hair?

    Harmful chemicals in shampoo can often dry out your hair by stripping away all the natural oils. With regular use, your hair will weaken, look dull, and get prone to damage. 

  2. Do chemicals in shampoo cause hair loss?

    Sulphates, silicones, parabens, SLS, etc., are some chemicals harmful for hair and can strip the natural oil off your hair and scalp. This leads to dehydration and eventually hair loss. Shampoo without harmful chemicals ensures your scalp is well- moisturised to leave you with strong scalp and hair health.

  3. What chemical in shampoo is bad for hair?

    Here is the list of some harmful ingredients in shampoo you need to avoid at all costs.
  • Sulphates
  • Parabens
  • Polyethylene Glycols
  • Triclosan
  • Formaldehyde
  • Synthetic Fragrances
  • Dimethicone
  • Retinyl Palmitate
  • Synthetic Colours


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