Do you know what’s hiding in your Shampoo?
July 01, 2016 by Faith Hill
I get it; you have a flaky scalp, and you want to do whatever it takes to get rid of it.
As a licensed cosmetologist for fifteen years, I heard this all the time. Today, we’re putting a popular fix to the test: dandruff shampoos.
The packages and the commercials promise that using dandruff shampoo will clear away all your flaking worries thanks to the active ingredient zinc pyrithione, which has been shown to prevent the cell division of bacteria and fungi.
In other words, zinc pyrithione prevents bacterial and fungal growth, but it doesn’t kill it. Nor does it address why it’s there or what caused it.
The worst part is that most dandruff shampoos have just one percent zinc pyrithione in the entire bottle.
Out of the twenty-two other ingredients listed (besides water and camellia leaf extract), the rest are chemicals.
These ingredients, including sulfates, MEA, and fragrances (a single word that masks hundreds of ingredients), are known to cause cancer.
Is one percent of zinc pyrithione worth all those cancer-causing chemicals?
A dry, itchy, or flaking scalp is just a symptom of a deeper problem.
Instead of trying to treat the symptom, ask yourself "Why do I have this issue to begin with?" Your scalp will enjoy lasting health if you can address the root of the problem.
A few possible causes include:
• Fungus overgrowth caused by yeasts and/or bacteria
• Immune issues like dermatitis, psoriasis, or even eczema
• Dryness brought on by seasonal changes
If you’re suffering from immune issues, the first step is to address your gut health with a holistic practitioner.
You can also make your own shampoo using baby mild castile soap, water, and an essential oil like tea tree, oregano, lemon, or lavender. Remember, beauty products can aggravate dryness.
If you suspect your problem comes from seasonal dryness, treat your scalp with sweet almond oil overnight, followed by a few rinses with an organic, non-toxic shampoo.
Most popular dandruff shampoos are bogus. These chemical-loaded products cause more harm than good.
There certainly aren’t enough benefits to justify the risks, and exposing yourself to so many cancer-causing chemicals just to treat a symptom, without addressing the underlying problem, isn’t worth it.
Play around with creating your own shampoos from all-natural, organic ingredients, and let us know how they work.
Your scalp will thank you.