Healthy hair is something that so many of us put so much time and money into maintaining. Sadly, it can come completely unravelled just by using shampoo! It seems crazy that we are constantly told that the products designed to ‘nourish’, ‘bring back to life’ and ‘rejuvenate’ our hair, include very harsh chemicals. In reality. these can actually just strip the goodness away! So – is your shampoo hurting your head?
What can I do?
The best thing you can do for healthy hair is understand what is really in the products you are using and shift the focus to your scalp! Keeping your scalp happy and healthy is a fantastic way to get the growth you want and maintain the health of your hair. This is because hair growth comes from the follicle.
Here at the ANSC we are strong advocates of ethical and informed consumerism. We love to brag about all the amazing natural ingredients we use! And, of course, how they are fantastic for your skin and hair. Some companies out there can be really misleading and employ ‘greenwashing’ tactics (ironic, I know). This make you think these products are good for our health, as well as that of the environment. The best way to wise up to ‘greenwashing’ is to simply read the ingredients of the products you choose to use on our body. One of the biggest red flags out there is the inclusion of Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS). This nasty chemical is not only used to create a synthetic lather, but it is also used as a ‘filler’ ingredient in so many soaps and shampoos. Which means less beneficial ingredients for your $.
What is SLS, you ask?
SLS is a detergent and surfuctant. This essentially means that it breaks surface tension and separates molecules, allowing better interaction between the product and your hair. This in turn creates a lather which makes products like shampoo and toothpaste more effective cleaners. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is so effective and so inexpensive is that it’s found in a number of industrial cleaning agents such as engine degreaser and industrial strength detergents. It’s also widely used as a skin irritant when testing products used to heal skin conditions.
So it seems very counterintuitive that so many of us have been using products to repair our hair and scalps that have actually been creating a vicious cycle of damage. Absolutely crazy really! T great news is that we have developed some amazing hair and skin products that use ingredients that are the complete opposite to SLS: truly natural!
Our original Solid Shampoo is one of the products we are most proud of. Given it is plant oil based, it does not need any synthetic chemicals or preservatives to extent its shelf life. The oils are already doing all the hard work! Also no ‘filler’ ingredients here! We have a lot of people ask if it will actually lather, and boy-oh-boy does it ever. Our shampoo bar has one of the creamiest lathers around as it contains coconut oil. All you need to do is rub the bar on you scalp and watch the magic unfold.
In addition to the coconut oil you are also getting all the intense nourishment of sweet almond, grapeseed and olive oil. These three oils are fantastic for smoothing out your strands as they contain amazing amounts of vitamin E. Combine this with Petitgrain essential oil to help maintain the moisture and oil balance of the scalp, Patchouli essential oil which stimulates contractions in nerves and skin preventing hair loss and mandarin essential oil which promotes the growth of new cells and tissues, helping you get the growth you have always wanted.
Best of all because the solid bar contains no nasties, it is completely biodegradable! It is also fantastic in chuck in you beach bag or gym bag. Despite being a ‘shampoo formula’ you can use the bar on your body also! It truly is the ultimate travel companion. Pick some up here and give it a try today!