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.