Paraben and Sulfate Free Shampoo and Conditioner

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I bought a kids' 2 in1 shampoo and conditioner a few weeks ago none other because my daughters loved the fruity smell of it. A few days after using the shampoo, I noticed both of the girls scratching their heads quite frequently. I knew right away it was the shampoo that caused the scalp irritation. I try to buy organic shampoos for my family but sometimes even I get tempted by the nice scent of some of the conventional ones. My husband bought an organic shampoo and conditioner a few days ago for the girls and their scalp stopped itching. 

If you've ever used or are using organic shampoos and conditioners, you'll notice that they are "Paraben and Sulfate Free". You'll also find that they don't smell that great. The ones that I'm using smell somewhat like grass. It took me a while to get used to the smell. The texture of organic shampoo is not smooth but rather jelly-like or watery. I sometimes forget how easily the liquid plops out rather than running smooth out like conventional shampoos when I squeeze the bottle. The biggest difference I notice immediately is how little my hair fall out while washing my hair with organic shampoo versus regular shampoo. Ok, so back to paraben and sulfate. Sulfate is a chemical used to produce a good sudsy lather and paraben is a preservative used to inhibit bacterial growth in shampoos. Sulfate is also used in toothpaste as a foaming agent. Now because organic shampoos don't contain sulfate, you're not going to have a fantastic lather when you wash your hair. Conventional shampoos and conditioners contain chemicals, added fragrance and colors, additives, and preservatives. All of these ingredients can be drying and harsh to the scalp that cause scalp irritation. Despite knowing about this, I still went ahead and bought the kids 2-1 shampoo for my daughters which contained a bunch of ingredients that I can't even pronounce. Luckily, I bought a small bottle. Well, it didn't take long before I threw away that bottle and reverted back to the organic bottle.

20 comments:

Lazy Pineapple said...

When I was a child..my Mom used to wash my hair with this Ayurvedic medicinal plant...

Slowly we moved to nice smelling shampoos and though they are easy to use..they do harm your hair..I always dilute my shampoo and then use it...Using it concentrated is definitely quite strong..
Try to find if you can get a shampoo with this ingredient
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acacia_concinna

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

It's interesting that we put all that stuff on our hair and then probably have to end up using dandruff shampoo to fix it after. Grass smell would be something to get used to for sure.

Buckeroomama said...

I have to admit that I am easily taken in by smells, especially for my own shampoo, but I have to say that certain brands of shampoo make my hair fall out and make my scalp itch... I'll have to check on the ingredients. Thanks for the tips. So far the kiddies have been okay with the shampoo that they're using, though.

Muthering Heights said...

Wow, that shampoo sounds great!

Gina F said...

Thanks for sharing! I will definitely look into that shampoo sounds great.

Gina
motherof1princessand2princes.blogspot.com

Icy BC said...

I am very hesitating when it comes to buy new brand of shampoo, but I will look for the ones you preferred and give it a try.

Uncle Lee said...

Hi Rosebelle, I for one have never gone for these 'organic' stuff...just prefer the well known brands....
First thing is I cannot pronounce the words let alone know actual meanings, and that scares me, ha ha.

I guess I am jurassic, ha ha. Have a nice day, Lee.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

This shampoo sounds interesting! Surely more healthy than all that chemical stuff...

Cheers,

Rosa

Anonymous said...

I tried so hard to use paraben free shampoos and conditioners on both mine and my daughter's hair but we have so much hair that it was really uncontrollable with the chemicals to tame it. We had to go back to Pantene!

These are the trials and tribulations of girls with crazy hair. :)

ModernMom said...

I do imagine grass smell would take a bit to get used to! I'm amazed that there are so many options now. There weren't just 10 years ago when I needed baby shampoo!

TK said...

I am aware of these harmful chemicals but sometimes I tend to ignore it!! I always got attracted to shampoos with lovely bottles and good scent..

Alicia said...

Thank you for that information. I had no idea! I would love to try organic shampoo.

Ryhen Satch said...

Great info. I don't mind going bald, actually. I use head & shoulders while my little girl uses vaseline shampoo. Both of our bodies produce sweat very easily, thanks to our genes, and the weather here isn't that cooperative, so I guess we just have to stick with the chemicals until someone finds a way to make a nice smelling organic shampoo. lol

CVmom said...

I use organic shampoos and conditioners. You are right on the money about the grassy smell and jellylike consistency. These don't really matter to me. What matters is these organic stuff are good for me and for the environment.

Mei Teng said...

Using the right shampoo for your hair type is important in maintaining the health of hair and scalp.

Serline said...

There are always the milk and beer options too, although the temptation of drinking while you shampoo is at times overwhelming ;-)

KidsDreamWork said...

Thanks for sharing, I think I might give this a try though I never try organic shampoo before. It can be quite scary sometime when I see how much hair fall every time I wash my hair! I should consider for my boys too!

Veronica Lee said...

Thanks for sharing this. I missed reading your blog, Rosebelle!

Yes, you read right. Schools break only for 2 weeks in Malaysia and Singapore in June. We have 4 breaks - 1 week in April, 2 weeks in June, 1 week in August and 1 month in December.

Mr. Stupid said...

The fruity smell always got me. I remember buying them all the time. I use others now. Maybe, I should consider trying organic shampoos. Great post...:)

Savvy Gal said...

My sister is all about organic for her kids too.