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With the exception of the follicle your hair is in fact dead. So does it matter in this case whether your shampoo chemicals and other toxins?

It turns out that it is important for several reasons. In the survey conducted in the US in early 2017 geological surveys in more than thirty water arteries throughout the USA were found to contain chemical preservatives, shampoos and other personal care products. These chemicals can disrupt the endocrine system of fish and other aquatic organisms and potentially harmful to people and animals who eat contaminated seafood or drinking water that contains the chemicals.

The best way to protect people and the environment — choose shampoos with natural ingredients. Depending on the result that You expect from Your shampoo, look at the composition of the following ingredients:

  • Hydration: papaya, mango, tangerine, cactus extract, cucumber, artichoke
  • Volumising the hair: lemongrass, chamomile, calendula, vitamin B, wheat, rice or soy protein
  • Shine: lemongrass, green tea, chamomile, calendula, lemon, grapefruit
  • To prevent the accumulation of cosmetics in hair: Wheatgrass
  • Food for damaged hair: lavender, calendula, nettle, sage, Yucca, Goldenseal, carrot seed
  • The stimulation of hair growth: cucumber, hops
  • For brittle, split ends hair: marigold, clover, passion flower
  • Thickness and elasticity: rosemary, Basil, sage
  • The elimination and prevention of problems of the scalp: burdock root, chamomile, Echinacea, green tea, honey, horse chestnut, peppermint, thyme, tea tree oil, eucalyptus
  • These natural ingredients are sometimes found in common shampoos, but they also contain chemicals. Below are two main categories of ingredients in the shampoo that you should know and useful to know about their natural substitutes.

    Preservatives. Since shampoos are mainly composed of water, they need to add preservatives to prevent the growth of bacteria, staph, mold and mildew. Many conventional shampoos contain a preservative based on parabens, which is associated with disorders of the reproductive system in the human body. Natural preservatives include extracts of citrus fruits such as grapefruit seeds, antiseptic essential oil such as oil of chamomile and Echinacea and alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E).

    Surfactants. These foaming tools make the shampoo foam. In many synthetic shampoos as Surfactants used chemical diethanolamine (DEA) or sodium lauryl or Laureth sulfate of sodium. Manufacturers of natural shampoos often instead resort to foaming agents based on the components of coconut (olefin, etc.).

    Conclusion: to protect yourself, your hair and the environment, choose organic shampoos.

    This article was written by staff writer iHerb.

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