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Should I avoid chemicals on my hair too?

Yes, some are definitely best avoided in our opinion as whatever you put on your hair penetrates into the scalp.  Also in the case of a shampoo or conditioner, when you rinse it off in the shower it goes all over your body too! So the list of synthetic chemicals to avoid in your skin care also applies to your hair car. In addition we also recommend avoiding:

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)  a surfactant (detergent) which is a foaming agent, found in cosmetic products and used as an industrial cleaning chemical (used to degrease engines!) It is has the potential to cause irritation to skin.
  • Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES) & Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS)– same as above. Derivatives of SLS may vary slightly in mildness BUT the general action and effects are similar.
  • Silicones as they can build up on your hair and leave it looking dull and greasy. Also, there are growing concerns about the environmental impact of these as they do not break down easily - one to watch for the future.

A good surfactant free hair and wash range is available in full and travel sizes.

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