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Natural shampoos and conditioners
What is a natural shampoo or a SLS free shampoo?
There are a numerous cosmetics and body care products that may describe their contents as natural. It is important to realise that natural can sometimes be an ambiguous term, and to really get to the bottom of it is to make sure your shampoo is chemical free is to make sure the following ingredients have not been included.
- No Detergents or Surfactants.
- No Parabens or Preservatives.
- No Synthetic Additives.
- No petroleum based ingredients
- Should contain organic and natural ingredients.
- No Animal Testing.
- Earth & Skin Friendly.
A natural shampoo and conditioner should not contain Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLS). This is a harsh chemical and has been known to actually damage hair follicles, cause irritation, damage skin and cannot be metabolised by the liver. Therefore this remains as a residue in the body much longer and more precious energy is needed to get rid of this. SLS is a common ingredient that is used in most mainstream shampoo and soap brands.
A natural shampoo and conditioner should also be free from Parabens. Parabens are very commonly used in most beauty products and are preservatives that help in extending the shelf life of these products. Recent studies have linked parabens to increased estrogen levels, which are said to possibly increase the risk of breast cancer.
A natural shampoo should not contain artificial colours and fragrances also known as parfum. These can also cause skin sensitivity, and can be irritating on the skin and body.
Phthalates, ethyl alcohol, DEA, TEA, Propylene glycol and PEGs are all chemicals very commonly used in beauty and body care products. Natural shampoos and conditioners would not contain any one of these ingredients. So a chemical free shampoo will not have any of the above ingredients, no chemical additives or animal products.
There are many gentle, non-toxic replacements for SLS?s that are derived from coconut or corn. These are most commonly used in natural shampoos, such as Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate which is quite often used ÿas a foaming agent.
Fushi’s natural hair care range is free from all these chemicals and detergents. It is made from organic herbs and natural oils, butters and aromatic waters with natural foaming agents that are derived from coconut and corn. Natural shampoos will not foam as much as high street brands. However this does not mean they are any less effective, in fact they clean justÿ as well, but without the damaging and harsh effects of the chemicals, leaving your hair in a healthier condition for the long term.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you Emiliano for your comment. In this blog we are referring more to oils, more so than butters and while we agree with you Shea is an excellent emollient for hair, it's consistency is more buttery and it is used more as a leave-in remedy to smooth hair texture. We have suggested Coconut oil as it helps slow down hair loss by penetrating deep into your hair shaft to prevent protein loss, which in turn prevents breakage. When applied to your scalp, it simultaneously moisturises and removes build-up around your hair follicles to encourage hair growth and is one of base oils always used in Ayurveda for hair treatments. As this post is more focused for hair and not for skin, the comedogenic scale applies to skin/pores and not hair follicles. Thank you again for your feedback.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Hello Zu, yes hair loss can be very stressful and this in turn amplifies the cause almost.. Perhaps with Covid, your system may have been depleted of nutrients and fighting the virus can take its toll on your immune system, so sometimes our hair and skin suffer when we have been ill. We really believe in oils for scalp massage as the best way to revive the growth and help regenerate the follicles. It may be also worth at looking at internal supplements and making sure you are getting enough of omega oils, perhaps plant based such as nuts and seeds in your diet. For external oil treatment, would recommend the Really Good Hair oil which we create with Brahmi, this herb is known to help bring the scalp back to health and improve growth. Biotin is also a good vitamin to take as a supplement to help with hair growth so do look into that. So hope these tips will be helpful for you.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?I, am very surprised that your article did not include Organic Shea Butter and that coconut oil, is your number one choice for hair growth and thickness. According to the comedogenic scale, coconut oil, has a rating of (4), on a scale from (0), to (5), on clogging your pores. Why would anyone put coconut oil, on their hair or skin knowing the pores will get clogged up. Shea Butter, on the other hand has a (0), rating on the comedogenic scale, which is great for dry hair and skin and won't clog up your pores.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you for your very informative article. I suffered COVID in December, 2020, and in February I started experience extreme hair loss and all my hair jus falls like a person who is under going Chemo therapy. It's very depressing. Had to cut off all my hair and even the little that is left is falling off daily not sure what to do. Please suggest something.
- Carrot Oil for Face Hello :) You can use carrot oil only in small drops on your skin in the morning/during the day since it is highly potent. Carrot oil is rich in vitamins and is a very effective moisturiser. You can also mix a few drops of Carrot Oil with your favorite face cream. You can do that at least twice a week or include it in your daily skincare routine. Hope this helps.
- Carrot Oil for Face Can I use the carrot oil in the day time? Because I am using Vitamin c serum in the night. Please advise. Thanks