While we have been going through changes in our house to become more Eco friendly, waste less and reduce the amount of chemicals we bring in to our home.
Keeping our hair clean and fresh but not harmful on the environment or full of nasty chemicals is the next challenge in our home.
So we’re do I start, we have always been happy with our usual shampoo until we started looking at our family life and home in a Eco Friendly way. But the more we look at these hair products the more dislike we have to wards them. For example this products contain
- Sodium Laureth plays a big part in the actual make of most off the shelf shampoos detergent and is known to cause skin and eye irritation.
- Methychloroisothiazoline is a preservative which keeps your shampoo and conditioner fresh. This preservative has been linked to immune problems.
- Ammonium Chloride is harmfully if swilled and causes eye irritation.
- Propylene Glycol is a moisturising chemical which irritates the skin and has been linked to immune disorders.
- Fragrance/Parfum (is labeled this way so they don’t have to name all the chemicals to make up the fragrance) can cause irritation to your eyes, skin and lungs.
- P-Phenylenediamine is link to cancer, irritation of the skin, eyes and lungs.
These are just a few examples you can read more about these chemicals and others that are in shampoo here.
But although we new our regular shampoo and conditioner is made from hundreds of chemicals and stung our eyes occasionally when we got the soap in them. They are all tested I thought so they cannot be that bad for my family. But I could not have been further from the truth. Although the government states these chemicals have to be tested before they can hit our shelves they can still be used weather they are marked safe to use or health concerns or even restrictions and warnings.
Ok so my alarm bells are ringing and it turns out we have been washing our families hair with some not very nice chemicals.
Time to look for a more non chemical Eco friendly product that won’t put our family or the environment at risk every time we wash our hair.
Eco Friendly Alternative shampoos and conditioners
Please note when shopping for a natural shampoo your hair has to go through a detox process before the natural shampoo will make your hair look good. (you need to detox the dimethicone and synthetic chemicals that have built up on your hair first) to do this you need to start using your natural shampoo (your hair may look dull or dry at first) and once your hair has detoxed the natural shampoo will make your hair look healthy. If you find your hair is really dry, oily and stringy during the detox you can speed up the process by adding baking soda to your natural shampoo.
Shop bought – There are lots of organic shampoos out their on the market which are plant oil based and petroline-free.
You can also buy soap bars which work just as well if not better than organic liquid shampoo. Also if you use solid bars all the time you can save over 30 plastic bottles going to landfill every year.
Handmade shampoo –
Coconut Milk Shampoo
Taken from One Good Thing by Juillee
2 cups coconut milk (homemade or canned, I used a whole 13.5 oz can)
2 2/3 cupliquid castile soap, scented or unscented (I like Dr. Bronner’s)
2 tbsp sweet almond, olive, or vitamin e (I used sweet almond) *optional
Combine all ingredients in a shampoo bottle or jar (I cleaned and reused the bottle from the commercial shampoo I had been using). Shake well to mix before each use. Store in your shower for up to one month.
Combine in a spray bottle and shake slightly to combine before each use. After cleansing, spray into hair roots and ends and allow to sit for a minute or two before rinsing well. If you rinse properly, your hair will not smell like vinegar once dry.
Have you considered changing your shampoo to a Eco friendly shampoo?
Which Eco shampoos does your family use?