Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Seven Months Without Shampoo, and why you should ditch it too!

It's time for an update on the no-poo experiment! No shampoo, that is. Seven months ago I ditched shampoo (see this post) and started following a regimen on baking soda and vinegar. I'm happy to report that it is still working fabulously, and I encourage you to try it too. I seriously have never had healthier hair.

There are several reasons that I ditched shampoo. My biggest concerns are that many "big brand" shampoos contain ingredients that are very bad for our bodies. I know that sounds over the top, but it's true! So without further ado, and in no particular order, allow me to introduce you to some shampoo  top-toxic-offenders.

Fragrance (or perfumes): Of course this is what makes your hair smell so sweet and clean, but this baby is nasty! I have a big problem with ingredients that are not fully labeled, and certainly do not consider "fragrance" to be an appropriate label. It's a combination of various smelly chemicals, which turns out are commonly full of neurotoxins and is toxic to our immune system. Also, consider the allergy concerns that are associated with fragrances.

DMDM Hydantoin. This is another nasty little irritant that is an immune system and skin toxicant. Also, according to the EWG, there is concern of formaldehyde contamination.

Propylene Glycol: This one is another chemical that causes immunotoxicity and is also toxic to our organs. Watch out for this one as it is absorbed quickly by skin contact and often causes irritation.

Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate: Make sure to keep this away from your babies. It causes developmental and reproductive toxicity, and is dangerous to endocrine distribution.

I encourage you to do research on every product you  put on your body. A fabulous place to start, where much of my facts came from today, is the EWG Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. I bet you'll be surprised at what you find out about your favorite beauty products.

On a slightly different topic, I had my hair chopped a few weeks ago. What do you think?


  1. I had never heard of this, but I am interested! What about you skip that all together? I have long hair. And to answer your question - I think your new haircut looks fantastic!!

  2. Thank-you :)I rinse with a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water. I had long hair when I started washing without shampoo.

  3. how is this working out for you? Sometimes I rinse with vinegar as I heard it gets rid of the buildup. I was inspired to ditch my store bought shampoos after reading a book about the dangers of cosmetics and stuff. Unfortunately I don't remember the name of the book and I still had a cupboard full of shampoos, so I decided to use them up first. Seems like that is taking forever! Anyway, babbling aside, it's great to see that someone is having success with the baking soda and vinegar routine. I imagine you should be sure to rinse out the baking soda before adding the vinegar....?


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