This post is sponsored by Morrocco Method.
I don’t know about you, but I often feel like I take my hair for granted. Typically, I’ll wash it once or twice a week and then I’ll instantly pile it into a bun on top of my head and won’t think about it again until it’s time for my next shower.
When I started cleaning up my diet years ago, I still used shampoos that had a rich lather and left my hair smelling like I had spritzed it with perfume. It didn’t occur to me until much later (when I was trying to get pregnant for the first time) that I should probably upgrade the products I was using on my skin and hair, too.
Most people forget that the skin is our biggest organ, so the ingredients we put on it get absorbed into our bodies almost as if we had eaten them. (Hence, why birth control and nicotine patches are so effective.) If you look on the back of a shampoo bottle, you might be overwhelmed by the sheer number of ingredients!
So, today I thought I’d share 5 potentially harmful ingredients that I try to avoid when choosing which beauty care products I’ll use. I hope it might help you choose healthier products, too.
Here are 5 ingredients I try to avoid:
- Parabens. Parabens are a preservative commonly used in many beauty products, and they are suspected to be hazardous because they may slightly mimic estrogen. Extra estrogen exposure has been linked to the development and progression of breast cancer, and one study found that 18 of 20 tissue samples from breast cancer biopsies had detectable levels of parabens. I wouldn’t say for certain that parabens are cancer-causing, but I prefer to err on the safe side and reduce my exposure as much as possible.
- Sulfates. Sulfates create the foamy lather that you commonly associate with hand soap and shampoo, with the most common ingredient being sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). I first heard of this ingredient from my old hairdresser, who told me to avoid it after dyeing my hair, as it is so effective at cleaning that it might cause my hair color to fade faster. According to the EWG, sulfates are a low hazard ingredient, contributing to organ toxicity, skin irritation, and possible harm to the environment. According to the American College of Toxicology, sulfates are considered to be safe when used in small amounts, ideally in concentrations below 1%. I’ve read that shampoos can contain concentrations of up to 15%, and in studies using that amount in lab rats, the harmful effects included depression, skin irritation, diarrhea, labored breathing, and even death.
- Fragrance. Fragrance is a vague term that can actually stand for nearly 3,000 different ingredients. According to the National Academy of Sciences, the majority of the chemicals used in synthetic fragrances come from petroleum and may contain toxic chemicals that have been linked to birth defects, cancer, nervous system disorders, and allergies.
- Triclosan. Commonly used in antibacterial soaps, body washes, and even in some toothpastes, this ingredient may make bacteria resistant to antibiotics and might affect thyroid hormones. It’s also being researched to see if it may contribute to certain cancers. The FDA has recently recommended that you stop using antibacterial soaps in favor of washing with just plain soap and water, so this is definitely an ingredient to skip!
- DEA (Diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine), TEA (Triethanolamine). These chemicals are added to shampoos and lotions to help create a lather. According to some studies, DEA may inhibit fetal brain development in mice by blocking the absorption of choline, a vital nutrient for brain development, and it may also have contributed to miscarriages in lab studies.
To easily avoid ALL of these chemicals and more, I’ve recently switched over to using Morrocco Method. What I love about their hair care products is that they are raw, vegan, and paleo, made with truly all-natural ingredients.
Morrocco Method’s shampoos are unlike any other that I’ve tried. They are earthy-colored, herbal scented, and they’re highly concentrated, so a little bottle will last you quite a while. You dilute the shampoo with 50% water just before using it to help distribute it through your hair, and it won’t lather at all.
Like, no lather whatsoever.
I’m not gonna lie, using a truly all-natural shampoo takes some getting used to when you’re coming from shampoos that smell like perfume and create a rich lather. However, when you check out the EWG’s Skin Deep Database and see how other brands stack-up on their hazard scale, I feel really good using hair products that get the best score they have to offer.
Morrocco Method recently sent me their Healthy Hair Care Starter Package to try out, because it contains almost all of their products, including their 5 all-natural shampoos, 6 raw conditioners (including a detox therapy hair mask), a styling gel, facial scrub, and a rubber scalp massager. It basically has everything you need to get started with a super-healthy hair care routine.
I’ve been consistently using these shampoos for a month now, alternating which of the 5 shampoos I use each time I shower, and I’m amazed at how clean my hair feels, even without any lathering. I’ve been using the leave-in conditioner to brush out my hair as a detangler, and this combination has been leaving my hair feeling healthy and less frizzy.
If you’d like to try out some of these all-natural hair products for yourself, the folks at Morrocco Method are generously offering a special discount for my readers! Use the promo code DETOXINISTA15 at checkout to receive 15% off your entire order on MorroccoMethod.com.
I hope it will help motivate you to take better care of your hair!
READER FEEDBACK: Have you tried a non-lather shampoo yet? I’d love to hear what you think of them, too!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Morrocco Method but all opinions are my own. As always, I only agree to work with brands that I am happy to use in my own home.