Are you tired of using commercial shampoos filled with harmful chemicals?
Nowadays, many people have turned to homemade beauty solutions as there are a number of DIY (do-it-yourself) instructions available in the Internet. Moreover, these DIY beauty recipes offer cheaper and healthier alternatives compared to products available in the market.
A number of commercially available shampoos may give you shinier and thicker hair but most of these contain a myriad of harmful ingredients that can leave your hair dry and brittle and your skin irritated. While some shampoos may not cause direct damage to your hair, these may be more detrimental to your health. Since your skin is semi-permeable, some harmful substances can be absorbed by your scalp and easily get to your body organs through the bloodstream.
Some of the harmful chemicals include sodium laurel sulfate (SLS), sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), polyethylene glycol (PEG), parabens, and fragrance. SLS is a cheap detergent that may leave residues in your brain, heart, kidneys and other organs. On the other hand, SLES has an ingredient which is a known carcinogen that can cause damage to your kidneys.
Experts believe the PEG is also contaminated with ethylene oxide, another known carcinogen. Parabens, which mimics the action of the hormone estrogen, is linked to breast cancer, reproductive damage and organ toxicity.
While fragrance can make your hair smell great, these can cause asthma, contact dermatitis, headaches, and even obesity.
Here’s a easy and cheap recipe to create your very own homemade shampoo, according to Health Digezt.
1/4 cup of liquid castile soap
1/4 cup of coconut milk
20 drops of essential oil such as rosemary, lavender, lemon and peppermint
- Find an empty shampoo bottle.
- Mix all the ingredients inside the bottle.
- Shake well.