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Are supermarket shampoos ruining your hair?

by , 19 August 2013

It seems like there's a shampoo for every hair problem. Oily hair, brittle hair, hair that won't grow, hair colour that keeps fading. But what if the shampoo IS the problem?

 
Shampoo is a normal part of everyday life. Some people even wash their hair twice a day!

But have you ever stopped to think about the effect of shampoo on your hair – and on the planet?
 
Would you wash your hair with laundry detergent? You're probably already doing it!
 
One of the biggest problems with big-brand shampoos is that they're very harsh. Since they're all competing for the best clean, they use strong detergents, mostly sulfates.
 
Sulfates are harsh salts that are in plenty of cleaning products such as laundry detergent! These chemicals work by stripping oil away. That's great if you've got a greasy stain on your clothes, but worse news if you're putting it on your hair!

Your hair has natural oils which keep it healthy, glossy and growing. Sulfates can even take the curls out of curly hair, says the Huffington Post.
 
Stripping your hair's oils can make it super dry or super oily
 
If you strip your hair's oils with harsh shampoos every day, your scalp will be dry, which means your hair won't grow very fast. Your hair may split from the dryness too. Otherwise, your scalp may overcompensate by making your hair even greasier.
 
What's the solution?
 
Look for natural, sulfate-free shampoos. 

An even better, 100% natural solution is to rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar and baking soda. This will clean your hair without stripping away all the natural oils. You can condition your hair with coconut oil or argan oil – and it'll be cheaper than conditioning treatments at your salon too!

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