Over the Counter Shampoos and Conditioners

Happy turkey hangover days! Thanksgiving was a few days ago, but what I have to share with all of you is a little less than appetizing.

Here’s a scenario for you:
You go to the salon to get you hair cut and colored (or just cut this applies to everyone) while your stylist is shampooing your hair he/she explains the benefits and why you should use the shampoo/conditioner at home. A lot of people think they’re getting a sales pitch, which I felt the same way before I started cosmetology school. In reality us stylists know what’s best for your hair. It’s like going to the doctor when your sick. We’re not going to steer you the wrong way. The pressure is on us to make you look your best and if the canvas isn’t taken care of then you’re not going to have artwork, you’ll be left with trash or trashed hair. You get the picture.

I’ve gone over, in the past, how to shampoo and condition your hair, but is the shampoo and conditioner that you’re purchasing from drug stores or supermarkets (what I like to call ‘over the counter shampoos’) good for you and your hair? Most of these, shampoos and conditioners, contain fillers and thickeners so you will have to use more of the product. I’ve done some research that I’m dying to share. So I’ll let you be the judge.

I went to my local supermarket to read the ingredients off of a few popular shampoo and conditioner brands. This is what I learned:

Garnier Fructis Fortifying Shampoo

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Main Ingredients:

Water/Eau
Sodium laureth sulfate
Dimethicone

Herbal Essences Shampoo and conditioner: Hello Hydration

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Main Ingredients in Shampoo:

Water/Eau
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

Main Ingredients in Conditioner:

Water/Eau
Stearyl alcohol

Hydrating Macadamia Oil Shampoo and Conditioner

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Main Ingredients in Shampoo:

Water/Eau
Sodium C 14-16 Olefin Sulfonate
Cocamidopropyl betaine

Main Ingredients in Conditioner:

Water/Eau
Cetearyl alcohol
Cetyl alcohol

Aussie Shampoo and Conditioner

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Main Ingredients in Shampoo:

Water/Eau
Sodium Lauryl sulfate
Sodium laureth sulfate

Main Ingredients in Conditioner:

Stearl alcohol
Cetyl alcohol

Suave: Humectant Moisture

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Main Ingredients in Shampoo:

Water/Eau
Sodium Laureth Sulfate

Axe

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Main Ingredients in Shampoo:

Water/Eau
Sodium Laureth Sulfate

Selsun Blue

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Main Ingredients in Shampoo:

Water/Eau
Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate
Distearyl phthalic acid amide

I know to some of you, well most of you, are asking ‘What the hell? I don’t know what any of this means. ” So, I’ve provided the definitions:

Sodium Lauryl sulfate- a cheaper route to add foam and create lather in Shampoos. This chemical is mostly used to clean garage floors. It’s a surfactant meaning it lowers the surface tension of a liquid. It also can be used as a wetting agent, emulsifier, and dispersant. The highly irritating chemicals can lead to damaged hair follicles, skin, permanent eye damage to children, and even liver toxicity.

Water/Eau- I’m sure you noticed this in every item, but water is in everything. Eau is the company that provides distilled water for businesses that require it.

Dimethicone- Is a silicone used to make hair shiny and slippery. Silicones are bad, especially for
curlys, because it causes build up and dry brittle hair. The build up can block moisture that the hair needs. You’ll find this same silicone in caulking, lubricating oils, and heat resistant tiles. Disgusting! When my hair was long I had been using over the counter shampoos and conditioners. After realizing the side effects of the products on my long hair, I cut it off to start over.

Sodium laureth sulfate- Like it’s sister (Sodium Lauryl sulfate) It holds the same properties, however it is slightly less irritating and can’t be metabolized by the liver. The effects are longer lasting.

Ammonium Lauryl sulfate- this is a type of surfactant used as a foaming and water agent that disrupts hydrogen bonding in water. It can cause severe eye and skin irritation. If inhaled or ingested it will cause irritation to both respiratory and digestive systems.

Distearyl phthalic acid amide- This is the glue that holds the silicones together, so they may live in harmony. In other words, it’s an emulsifier. It gives the pearly look in detergents. This emulsifier is a pigment wetter and dispersant. The good news? It’s biodegradable.

Sodium c 14-16 olefin sulfonate- This is a long chain of salt bonds that are used as cleansing agents that dry and can irritate the skin.

Cocamidopropyl betaine- This organic compound comes from coconut oil. It is also a surfactant that causes allergic reactions to it’s consumers.

Cetearyl alcohol- I hate nothing more than seeing anything that has to do with alcohol in my hair. This is a white waxy solid. Keep in mind! Waxes = Buildup = Dry brittle hair.

Cetyl alcohol- Created from whale oil, beware vegans and herbivores, this is used as a thickening agent and a wax. Remember what wax does? If you have eczema steer clear of this fatty acid, it will irritate your skin for sure. It’s also used to lubricate nuts and bolts.

Behentrimonium methosulfate- This gentle hair thickener is made from non genetically modified rap-seed oil that does NOT build up. How nice.

Now that you’re the Walter White when it comes to shampoos and conditioners. Check out my sources and see what’s in your shampoos and conditioners. If you’re brave enough.

The Cosmetic Cops

GoodGuide

Wiki wiki

CosmeticsInfo.org

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