Have you ever stopped to read the label on a commercial shampoo bottle? If so, have you been overwhelmed by the chemical names and given up trying to decipher what they mean? You may make healthy food choices, and aim to eat clean and green, but do you put effort into selecting the products you use to care for your hair? Similar to being a food label detective, learning how to interpret hair care product labels is a necessary step for choosing products that will nourish your hair and body.
Most commercial hair care product labels are laden with nearly unrecognizable, difficult to pronounce chemical names And their effects on your body will leave you anything but clean. Would you ever think that the same chemicals used in industrial cleaners, car manufacturing, and wood floor sealants, would be packaged and sold to you as beneficial—and often luxurious—hair care? Let’s decode the label and debunk the notion that commercial hair care in an attractive bottle is made of quality ingredients:
They impart lathering qualities in shampoos, but are harsh chemical detergents, surfactants, and emulsifiers—found in many cosmetic and household cleaning products—that can make your scalp and skin red, irritated, and itch. They’re damaging to hair follicles, and may result in weakened hair or inhibited growth. Similar to dish detergent, sulfates strip your hair of natural oils. The most common sulfates include Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES), Ammonia Laureth Sulphate (ALS), TEA Laureth Sulphate (TEA), and Sodium Myreth Sulphate (SMS).
This is a detergent that assists in delivering moisture contents of hair care products to your hair through humectant properties. Propylene glycol is formed through petroleum refining. Its benefit is offset by damaging hair proteins, irritating skin and eyes, and causing possible liver abnormalities and damage to the kidneys.
A component of antifreeze, wood finish, and shellac, isopropyl alcohol is a detergent that dissolves oil (including natural hair oils). It comes from petroleum and damages hair by drying out the hair. Stripping hair of its naturally occurring fatty acids leads to hair loss.
This is a known carcinogen—research links formaldehyde to leukemia. It’s used as a chemical antimicrobial preservative. Additionally, formaldehyde is an eye and respiratory system irritant, and inflames the skin upon contact. Watch out for formaldehyde-releasing preservatives (FRPs), as they release formaldehyde even though the label does not indicate formaldehyde. FRPs include: quaternium-15, dimethyl-dimethyl (DMDM) hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate,, and 2-bromo-2-nitropane-1,3-diol (bronopol). The European Union has taken steps to regulate formaldehyde in cosmetic products and, in some countries, banned its use.
They’re used as preservatives, but are linked to cancer, and metabolic, developmental, hormonal, and neurological disorders. The most common include methyl paraben, ethyl paraben, propyl paraben, butyl paraben, and isobutyl paraben.
Now that you know about the dirty side of commercial hair care products, it’s time to redefine quality hair care. Read labels, leave behind chemicals, and embrace healthy, vibrant, lustrous hair! I’ve tried a plethora of chemical-free products. While most were effective in cleaning the hair without any bodily harm or irritation, nearly none left me overly impressed. That is, of course, until I discovered Morrocco Method International Hair Care. Their products nourish the hair and scalp with 100% raw, vegan, cruelty-free , soy-free, GMO-free, gluten-free, and chemical-free ingredients that actually solve hair problems rather than mask them.
Morrocco Method International’s wild handcrafted shampoos and conditioners synergistically combine natural botanicals, marine proteins, herbs, and minerals to:
- Reconstruct and condition hair
- Stimulate, rejuvenate, and revitalize hair and scalp
- Correct dry, split ends, and dandruff
- Encourage healthy hair growth
Some of the quality ingredients in Morrocco Method International Hair Care include:
- Blood of the Dragon (reconstructive rare botanical protein that encourages healthy hair growth)
- Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
- Brown, Red, and White Algae (absorb impurities and protect hair)
- Kelp, Nori, Kombu, Fucus, and Sea Silk (rejuvenate and revitalize hair)
- Klamath Lake Bluegreen Algae (nourishes and protects hair)
- Cherry Bark
- Unrefined Pure Essential Oils
- Jojoba and Mediterranean Olive Oils
- Crystals from the Himalayan Mountain Ranges of Tibet and India (liquefied into a crystalline herbal base with extracts of wild rose, jasmine, sandalwood, myrrh, and shikekai)
- 92 Trace Minerals (natural preservative)
Unlike commercial shampoos, Morrocco Method International shampoos don’t foam and lather. Instead, you mix the concentrated formula with water to create a mud-like rinse for your hair. No doubt, it takes getting used to. But massage that mud into your hair and scalp one time, and you’ll question how you ever washed your hair without it. Your strong, shiny, bouncy, nourished hair will speak for itself. Ditch the dirty commercial hair care items for quality ingredients found only in Morrocco Method International products, and transform your hair from ordinary to extraordinary!
There’s no better time to try Morrocco Method International Hair Care because the company is giving all of my readers 15% off any Morrocco Method International hair care product with the code Kalenahair25 until November 15, 2014 (one coupon per customer). We are very thankful because Morrocco Method International coupons aren’t distributed frequently. Be sure to take advantage of this special offer and experience the difference of quality hair care that nourishes you on all levels!
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