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Does Shampoo Cause Thinning Hair?
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Does Shampoo Cause Thinning Hair?

The causes of thinning hair have been studied for a long time. Heredity, diet and health have all been cited as culprits. But lately studies are indicating that chemicals in our shampoo could be at fault for losing hair.

It’s hard to find a bottle of shampoo that doesn’t have these two ingredients: sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) and sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS.) They are classified as detergents and surfactants.

SLS and SLES are in shampoos, soaps, facial cleansers, shaving creams and toothpaste. They work well as foaming agents. Both of these chemicals are used in cosmetics for their emulsifying and cleansing properties. The foaming is just for show.

Studies have been done on SLS and SLES that show they can irritate the scalp and damage hair follicles. SLS is the worst of the two and can form nitrate compounds that damage cells. However, it is popular with manufacturers because it creates lots of suds in our soaps and shampoos due to its foaming power.

But skin care experts point to the fact that SLS is such a harsh chemical that it is used to degrease engines in industrial plants. It has caused health problems and skin irritation in animals. They say it strips the hair and scalp of natural oils. It removes the “good bacteria” from our scalps, leaving it open to harmful germs and causing allergic reactions and hair loss.

With numerous reports coming out about the harmful effects of chemicals such as SLS and SLES, many people are searching for more natural shampoos. This may take some effort because nearly every bottle in the shampoo aisle has the SLS and SLES surfactants.

Health food stores are one place to look for natural shampoos. Read the label carefully. Some shampoos that are advertised as being natural have chemicals in them such as SLS and SLES. Chamomile shampoos are a favorite with many people. You will notice right away that the natural shampoos do not lather like the mainstream ones. This is not a problem. Remember, the foaming action of regular shampoos and detergents is for looks only.

Another option is to substitute shampoo for products in your home. These may sound awkward at first, but a lot of people use them and love the results.

Hair can be washed with baking soda. It does not harm the hair and it gets the hair clean. Make a paste with water and apply to scalp just like shampoo. To make sure all the residue is rinsed out, you can mix a tablespoon of vinegar in a glass of water for one of your rinses.

Aloe vera is said to effectively get the hair clean when used in place of shampoo. It’s good for the scalp and hair that is dry.

When switching from commercial shampoos to natural products, there will be a period of adjustment for your hair and scalp. At first it might not feel as clean because you are accustomed to the harsh detergents of your regular shampoo. But be patient, and you will likely notice a big improvement in the way your hair looks and feels.


Street Talk

Nice article, Interesting about hair loss and shampoo's.

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  about 1 year ago

Hey, Patricia, I'm so glad to hear from you. I'm trying to get caught up on my messages and I have just now discovered your comment. Sorry it took so long. I'm happy you found out what the problem was with your hair. Don't worry about the time it will take for your hair to recover. I bet it will be quicker than you think. You might want to try applying a little olive oil to your scalp and hair about once a week. Leave in a couple of hours and then rinse out. (Be careful not to overdo it or it will be hard to rinse out.) This might speed up the healing process. Let me know how you're doing.

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  about 1 year ago
Patricia7  

Wow. Thanks a lot! I had a major hair loss problem that didn't seem to go away. I lost almost 70% of my hair in less than one year basically. I tried so many remedies from natural hairmasks and food supplements. I even stopped hair drying my hair, yes I went to that extreme! Nothing made a difference. For some reason, it never "hit" me that shampoo could be the reason, especially that I was using a famous, expensive brand that maintained colored hair. It seems like the chemicals were very damaging and I finally found out that this was the only reason behind my hair thinning. Of course, it will take my hair forever to go back to its beautiful thick nature. But I'm lucky enough to realize that those harsh chemicals were behind my problem. Hope this helps and spread the word to everyone you know...

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  about 1 year ago
joe witt  

great article, always wondered about shampoo.

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  about 2 years ago
C4rmen  

Good pointers here Georgia, thanks. Amazaing how vinegar, baking soda and aloe vera keep popping up as easy and healthy alterntives to so many things. Keep the info coming :)

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  about 2 years ago

Great article Georgia. I think more and more people are going to wise up and go natural

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  about 2 years ago

I think so too, Shawn. Maybe when enough people stop buying these harmful products the manufacturers will stop making them.

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  about 2 years ago

Thanks, Heather. More and more reports are coming out about this. It's disturbing what the public doesn't know. With all the attention this is now getting, maybe the alternatives will become more available.

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  about 2 years ago

Great article. This awareness needed raising. If it goes on your skin it goes into your body! For any Australian's out there check out moogoo website. Not only is it affordable but the product is fantastic and there's nothing in their stuff that you couldn't eat!

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  about 2 years ago
Lemuel  

Great and well-researched article. I didn't know this. Does the chemicals affect men more than women? Thanks Georgia

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  about 2 years ago

Thanks, Lemuel. I haven't seen any information that men are more affected by these chemicals than women. Oh, you might be wondering that because of the picture I used. lol. No, I don't think so. But some study might be done in the future to determine if it's worse for one gender than the other. That's a good question. Thanks for stopping by.

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  about 2 years ago

It's amazing some of the stuff in the products we use daily we take as safe contain some very harmful and corrosive ingredients..Very informative article Georgia Gale.

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  about 2 years ago

Thanks, Kevin. It is amazing how we assume the products we buy are safe. I can understand why we do, because if a product is on the shelf it should be safe. That's not the case, though.

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  about 2 years ago
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