A homemade shampoo can be healthier for your hair and scalp than commercial shampoos.
Most commercial shampoos contain harsh, manufactured, ingredients.
Damaging sulfates can leave behind residue, weaken hair follicles and strip color from hair. They can cause flakiness, dandruff, itchy scalp, redness, inflammation, dryness and other poor scalp conditions.
Parabens are a controversial chemical that mimic the estrogen hormone. They're used as a preservative in the cosmetic industry.
Compare ingredients in most commercial shampoos to a homemade shampoo. Make your own natural shampoo with homemade recipes!
MOST COMMERCIAL SHAMPOO INGREDIENTS
Sodium lauryl sulfate, (SLS), is a foaming agent produced by combining sulfate and lauric acid. It generates bubbles and lather. Manufacturers use it because it's cheap to produce. SLS is in over 95% of all commercial shampoos. It de-greases hair, gets rid of dirt but it may cause problems.
SLS residue causes dry itchy scalp conditions. It strips color from hair follicles. Hair color fades with every wash. Some claim after repeated use, it weakens hair follicles, leading to baldness, split, dull or frizzy hair. It's not determined how much is absorbed through skin and how much is evaporated.
Sodium laureth sulfate, (SLES), exhibits similar characteristics to SLS. It's an inexpensive manufactured foaming agent derived from ethoxylated lauryl alcohol. It's higher foaming but weaker than SLS. It's less irritating than SLS, but it's effects are longer lasting. Environmental contaminants can invade the lower surfaces of skin, more easily.
* Those with sensitive skin should avoid consumer products with high amounts of SLS or SLES. *
It's suggested SLS and SLES are carcinogenic, but there's no hard evidence. The Consumer Product Safety Commission continues to monitor its use.
Ammonium lauryl sulfate is an inexpensive foaming agent. It's designed to use in products briefly, followed by a thorough rinsing. It may cause irritation to the skin and eyes.
Propolyene glycol: A clear, colorless, nearly odorless hygroscopic liquid. It helps retain moisture and carries scents in shampoos. It causes release of excess oil from the scalp. It can cause skin sensitization and allergic reactions, like hives or eczema.
Parabens: A class of controversial chemicals used as preservatives in commercial skin and cosmetic products. They have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. They mimic the estrogen hormone. No effective direct link between parabens and cancer have been established, however they've been found in breast cancer tumors. Parabens, used commercially, are synthetically produced, with some identical to those found in nature.
AVOID HARSH MANUFACTURED CHEMICALS!
A natural shampoo bar cleanses, strengthens, adds shine and manageability to hair. Protect against scalp build-up, moisturize, reduce itchy scalp conditions. Get rid of dandruff!
HOMEMADE SHAMPOO INGREDIENTS
(By Spencer's Farm)
Saponified Oils: (Olive, Coconut, Babassu, Castor): Moisturizing, Softening, Soothing
Goat Milk: Leaves leaves skin very close to its natural pH. It is mild, gentle and nourishing for the skin, hair and scalp! Has vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K!
Beer: Enhances a beautiful shine to hair.
Fragrance: Varies. Some shampoos are made with no added fragrance.
Hydrolysed Silk Protein: Retains moisture and entraps oil; it enhances hair shine. Imparts a satiny feel
DL-Panthenol (Pro vitamin B): Natural moisturizer used to prevent hair damage by overheating and over drying. It conditions hair without build-up and reduces damage from split ends.
Sugar: All sugars, natural and refined, are wonderful conditioners for skin and hair.
Oat Protein: Adds strength and shine to hair.
A homemade shampoo bar allows for easy storage, especially when traveling. Don't worry about spills! A homemade shampoo is economical, since no added conditioners are needed. It's handcrafted specific to customer needs.