No Shampoo Update – Twilight Zone

I stopped using shampoo the last week of April.  Here is a list of ingredients that is in the shampoo I did use before going no “poo”.

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Dimethicone, Disoium Cocoamphodiacetate, Sodium Choloride, Cetyl Alcholol, Hexylene Glycol, Hydroxystearyl Cetyl Ether, Frangrance Glycol, Benzoic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Guar Hydroxyproplitrmonium Chloride, Carbomer, Methylparaben, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Disodiium Edta, cocamide Mipa, Butylparaben,Ethylparaben, Polysorbate 20,Hexyl Cinnamal, Proplyparaben, Isobutlyparaben, Coumarin, Linadol, Butlyphenyl Methylpropional, Arginne HCI, Hydroxycitronella, Amyl Cinnamal, Alge Extract, Pollen Extract, Saponaria Officinalis Extract, Salvia Officinals Sage Leaf Extract, Silk Amino Acids, Methyl Cocoate, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Extract, Sodium Cocoate, Triticum Vulgare Germ Loil, Wheat Germ Oil, Sodium Hydroxide.

I had never read the bottle before that close.  Ok for a little research.  I know what water is.  The next ingredient is Sodium Laureth Sulfate:  Used in car washes, garage floor cleaners and engine degreasers – and in 90% of products that foam. Animals exposed to SLS and ALS experience eye damage, central nervous system depression, laboured breathing, diarrhoea, severe skin irritation, and even death.Young eyes may not develop properly if exposed to SLS and ALS because proteins are dissolved. SLS and ALS may also damage the skin’s immune system by causing layers to separate and inflame. It is frequently disguised in semi-natural cosmetics with the explanation “comes from coconut”. See Nitrosating agents See Anionic Surfactants From Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS): EYE CONTACT: INSTILLATION OF A 29% SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE SOLUTION INTO THE EYES OF SIX ALBINO RABBITS PRODUCED SEVERE IRRITATION. THE MATERIAL WAS CLASSIFIED AS A SEVERE SKIN IRRITANT.

Alrighty now next is DimethiconeSilicone emollients are occlusive – that is they coat the skin, trapping anything beneath it, and do not allow the skin to breathe (much like plastic wrap would do.) Recent studies have indicated that prolonged exposure of the skin to sweat, by occlusion, causes skin irritation. Some synthetic emollients are known tumour promoters and accumulate in the liver and lymph nodes. They are also non-biodegradable, causing negative environmental impact.· Dimethicone · Dimethicone Copolyol · Cyclomethicone

Hummm next looks OK Disoium Cocoamphodiacetate: It’s generally used as a secondary surfactant to boost foam and viscosity, and it can be used as a very gentle cleanser for sensitive skin, babies, and facial products. It has a pH of 8.5 to 9.5 (which is higher than cocamidopropyl betaine), so I’ll have to make sure I alter the pH if I’m using a lot of in my products with citric acid (just a titch). It comes as about 38% active in our products, and the suggested usage rate is up to 50%!

Next Sodium Choloride: Salt

Cetyl Alcholol:  It increases viscosity of the product. Practically non-toxic, but may cause slight skin irritation in some.

Hexylene Glycol: High concern as an irritant to eyes, lungs and skin  Fragrance Ingredient; Solvent; Viscosity Decreasing Agent; EMULSIFYING; PERFUMING; SKIN CONDITIONING; SURFACTANT.

Hydroxystearyl Cetyl Ether: No health concerns

Fragrance Glycol:  Fragrance on a label can indicate the presence of up to four thousand separate ingredients, many toxic or carcinogenic. Symptoms reported to the USA FDA include headaches, dizziness, allergic rashes, skin discoloration, violent coughing and vomiting, and skin irritation. Clinical observation proves fragrances can affect the central nervous system, causing depression, hyperactivity, and irritability.

Benzoic Acid: Wow interesting one, first discovered by Nostradamus in 1556. Seems OK.

Salicylic Acid: Used to treat acne/dandruff.  Do not apply topical salicylic acid to skin that is broken, red, swollen, irritated, or infected. Topical salicylic acid may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if either of these symptoms are severe or do not go away: skin irritation, stinging in the area where you applied topical salicylic acid, Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of these symptoms, call your doctor immediately, confusion, dizziness, extreme tiredness or weakness, headache, fast breathing, ringing or buzzing in the ears, hearing loss, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.

Guar Hydroxyproplitrmonium Chloride: Looks OK

Carbomer:  Human endocrine disruptor – strong evidence, human skin irratant

Methylparaben: Even though methylparaben is a safe substance, there have been incidences of allergic reactions to it reported. Because of this, people with allergies to methylparaben should try to avoid any food items, cleansers or any other type of product that might contain methylparaben.

OK, I know, enough already.  I think I have done sufficient research to show there are enough bad chemicals in my old shampoo to convince me of why I am no longer using it.

The first few weeks of my no “poo” were wonderful with just water and baking soda, then I made a mistake.  I decided to try my homemade shampoo  on my hair.  It did wonders for my hair but no so much for my scalp.  It was back to the old scalp so I didn’t use it again.  Then I tried my every day homemade soap bar.  It was better on my scalp but I would have to wash it every few days.  So back to just the plain water and baking soda.

Now onto the twilight zone part of my no shampoo experience. It has been at least 3 weeks since I have used anything but baking soda on my hair.  Last night I began my bath and decided to use my baking soda mixture since it had been 6 days since I had used it, I did rinse my hair in water twice since then.  I wet my hair, put the mixture on my head and began to rub it in.  To my utter surprise!!! my head began to lather, YES lather.  I sat there with lather on my hands wondering if I should go grab my camera as I knew no one would believe me.  I began to wonder if I was dreaming.  Of course my husband was not home so he couldn’t witness it.  I rinsed my hands and grabbed the bottle of baking soda and water, opened it up, smelled it and then tasted it to make sure there was absolutely no soap in it.  I use a ketchup type bottle and this was not a new batch of baking soda and water.  No soap in it.  Next I poured some on my body to see if it would lather, no lather. 

How could my head have a lather with no soap and no shampoo?  Was it my body detoxing the soap??  I have no idea but would REALLY like to know if some else has had this type of experience.

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