Going No ‘Poo

For about a week now I have been shampoo free & it feels great! Since we have been buying all natural handmade soap at Station Knowlton (which really makes the difference) I decided that why not make my own shampoo?

So last week, I read this article : Why You Should Go No Poo which talks about how we all think that if we stopped using shampoo that our hair would be a big oily mess and to the contrary it is quite the opposite. After going to college at Framingham (where the water was a horrible chemical mess) and living in Montreal (where there seems to be the same kind of chemically water) my hair was pretty much hating me most days… it was pretty sad looking unless i did something with it. So I read on, it talked about not using shampoo and how your body would naturally return to a state of balance – that your hair would start to naturally produce what the shampoo was taking away. Using shampoo actually makes your hair produce more oil and is probably also the reason why you have dry and brittle hair. Just this week I have gone three days without washing it and there hasn’t been a day that it doesn’t feel great.

A bonus is it’s actually a very cheap and easy routine to get into – baking soda, apple cider vinegar, maybe a little honey or lime juice and water. She goes over the steps at the end of the article.

Probably the most disturbing knowledge i found was the specific chemicals that can be found in shampoos:

• Alcohol, isopropyl (SD-40) is a very drying and irritating solvent and dehydrator that strips your skin’s moisture and natural immune barrier, making you more vulnerable to bacteria, molds and viruses. It is made from propylene, a petroleum derivative, and is found in many skin and hair products, fragrances, antibacterial hand washes as well as shellac and antifreeze. It can act as a “carrier,” accelerating the penetration of other harmful chemicals into your skin.
(It may promote brown spots and premature aging of skin. A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients says isopropyl alcohol may cause headaches, flushing, dizziness, mental depression, nausea, vomiting, narcosis, anesthesia and coma. A fatal ingested dose is one ounce or less.)

• FD&C color pigments are synthetic colors made from coal tar, containing heavy metal salts that deposit toxins onto the skin, causing skin sensitivity and irritation. Absorption of certain colors can cause depletion of oxygen in the body and death. Animal studies have shown almost all of them to be carcinogenic.

• Mineral oil is a petroleum by-product that coats the skin like plastic, clogging the pores. It interferes with skin’s ability to eliminate toxins, promoting acne and other disorders.

• Propylene glycol (PG) and butylene glycol are petroleum plastics which act as surfactants (wetting agents and solvents). They easily penetrate the skin and can weaken protein and cellular structure. Commonly used to make extracts from herbs, PG is strong enough to remove barnacles from boats!

• Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) are detergents and surfactants that may pose serious health threats. They are used in car washes, garage floor cleaners and engine degreasers — and in 90 percent of personal care products that foam. Animals exposed to SLS experienced eye damage, depression, labored breathing, diarrhea, severe skin irritation and even death.

There are so many shampoos being marketed for so many different kinds of hair it’s pretty ridiculous. When it all comes down to it its just hair and we all have it so why can’t we naturally satisfy the balance of our own bodies without subjecting it to harsh chemicals and fancy marketing campaigns?…. Going No’ Poo actually feels like the moment after getting your hair done at a salon… refreshing, easy, light – it’s worth a shot!

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