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What To Look Out For When Shopping For Shampoos

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You can probably pick out shampoo faster than it takes you to read this sentence, but accidentally snagging a bad one can strip your hair of protective oils, cause breakage, and even contribute to hair loss.

Here’s a breakdown of ingredients to avoid, along with a list of the most beneficial for suds-ing up.

Biggest Offenders



Not all sulphates are bad, but be on the look out for ammonium lauryl sulphate, ammonium laureth sulphate and sodium lauryl sulphate. These ingredients give shampoo that foamy quality we all love, but can cause the scalp to become red, irritated, and itchy.

These same ingredients also act as a degreaser in dish washing soap! Maybe what is best for your dishes isn’t best for your hair. Check out our list of sulphate-free shampoos!

Isopropyl Alcohol:

The purpose of isopropyl alcohol is to dissolve oil from the hair. If over used, shampoo with this ingredient can cause the hair to try and reduce your hair’s level of moisture. If you are using a shampoo with this ingredient consider your frequency of use and adding a shampoo that moisturizes to your weekly routine.

Isopropyl alcohol is derived from petroleum, so that’s not awesome. It is also found in antifreeze. Again, not awesome. If used for long periods, it does have the potential to cause hair loss.


As mentioned above, formaldehyde does kill bacteria which is good. However, because of its strength, it can irritate the eyes. In more severe cases, prolonged use of shampoos with formaldehyde can lead to problems with your respiratory system and/or cause skin inflammation.

Propylene Glycol:

You will find propylene glycol in a lot of shampoos. That is because it helps the cleaning ingredients penetrate your hair. We want those cleaning ingredients to do their job, but it comes with a cost.

The controversial component of propylene glycol is that it also breaks down healthy-hair proteins. These proteins act as the building block of your hair and keep it fabulous. There are also reports of this ingredient irritating skin and/or eyes.

The Good Guys


Better Sulphates:

These are the good sulphates! These sulphates would never sabotage a child’s christening or throw a table.

Keep an eye out for; sodium laureth sulphate, TEA lauryl and laureth sulphates. These ingredients vibe better with your hair and don’t normally cause irritations and redness.


Glycerin acts as a protective barrier to your hair follicles. This barrier protects the hair from daily damage and perhaps even more important, helps retain moisture.

Nut and Seed Oils:

It may be a trend, or there actually may be something to it, but natural ingredients are becoming very popular in shampoo. We’ve even seen shampoo with fish eggs in them! While that seems a little “fishy” to us, natural oils are proving themselves in the shampoo world.

Jojoba (a shrub in the Sonoran desert), shea, and avacado, remove the oils that build up in your hair. They also aid in creating an incredible shine and add lots of moisture! Most organic conditioners, contain essential or natural oils.

Acidic Ingredients:

Acidic ingredients add shine to your hair while making it smooth and ultra-touchable. Specifically, sodium citrate/citric acid, works to maintain the pH balance of your hair. This causes your cuticles to lie flat, adding to your hair’s shine and smoothness.


Think of panthenol as a vitamin. Panthenol is a form of vitamin B that helps your hair retain moisture and adds a luscious shine. More notably, the vitamin B thickens hair follicles giving you that voluminous look.-MYNEWSHUB.CC



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