The myths behind organic shampoo

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First, what classifies as organic?  Products, after all, are not regulated and cannot be certified as organic.  Only ingredients can be certified, by the USDA, as truly organic. Products can be found with ‘organic’ on the label and other greenwashing claims, but look for the certification and you’ll know it’s safe with no pesticides and added synthetic chemicals.

In order for an ‘organic shampoo’ to be classified (truthfully) as organic, it should be made with an organic soap base, and the only truly natural option are saponified organic oils.  However, organic soap made from saponified organic oils does not create a shampoo which is Ph balanced for human hair.  If you were to use it for long hair or color treated hair, especially, you would not be happy with the results.  The high Ph level (ranging between 9 and 11) found in natural soap causes the cuticle cells of hair to swell up.  This leaves your cells rough and your hair looking dull and lifeless.

Many of us have searched for less harmful alternatives to clean and soft hair with natural products, but they are hard to find and over priced, with questionable ingredients to boot!  You can still have beautiful hair and avoid sulfates, parabens, formaldehyde, phthalates, all synthetic chemicals made by man that are scattered among most commercial hair care products.  Look for natural ingredients like Organic Aloe Juice and Castor Seed Oil, Rosemary, Neem Oil, Wheat Protein and Coconut Oil.

Check out and learn to read between the lines on labels.  Look up products on the Environmental Working Groups’ website, at www.cosmeticsdatabase.com to get a hazardous rating and the list of harmful ingredients before you buy them!

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