What are some detergents to avoid in shampoos?



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    Shampoos (even some with “natural” or “herbal” on the label often contain many chemicals that can be detrimental to our health. Check the ingredients on the bottle, and try to avoid the following:

    • Synthetic fragrances, often labeled as just “fragrance” can contain phthalates. These can mimic hormones and cause reproductive problems and have also been linked to obesity.
    • Parabens are a preservative that is used in shampoo and other personal care products. They mimic estrogen and have been found in breast tumors.
    • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or Sodium Laureth Sulfate, or SLS, is a detergent that is linked to the byproduct 1-4 dioxane. This is suspected to cause cancer. SLS is also linked to skin allergies as well as skin and eye irritation.
    • Diethanolamine (DEA) and Triethanolamine (TEA) are nitrosomes that can be carcinogenic and may cause dryness and irritation to the skin and hair.
    • Diazolidinyl and Imidazolidinyl Urea is a preservative can produce formaldehyde.
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    Definitely make sure to avoid these ingredients:

    Extremely common ingredients
    Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
    Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate
    Ammonium Laureth Sulfate
    Ammonium Xylene Sulfonate
    TEA Lauryl Sulfate
    Sulfur (in dandruff shampoos)
    Selenium Sulfide (in dandruff shampoos)

    Less common ingredients
    Magnesium Sulfate
    Sodium Thiosulfate
    Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate
    Alkyl Sodium Sulfate
    Alkyl Benzene Sulfonate
    Sodium C12-15 Alkyl Sulfate
    Sodium Dodecyl Sulfonate

    When you go to the drugstore to buy shampoo, try to buy organic products as these don’t strip your hair and are a healthy alternative to non-organic shampoos.

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