Greening your bathroom products is extremely important. We think about what kinds of organic food to purchase or grow and become aware of reducing our carbon footprints. It only makes sense to pay attention to the ingredients in your personal bathroom products. The same rules that apply to skin care also apply to shampoo and conditioner.
If You Can’t Say It or Eat It, Be Careful
This reminds me of food writer Michael Pollen’s wonderful book Food Rules, in which he says “don’t eat anything that your grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.” Similarly, some experts believe that if you can’t eat a beauty or hair care product, don’t buy it. Personally, I would not want to drink my shampoo, but it’s a good way to get us thinking about how green it is. If you can’t pronounce half the things in it, please leave it in the store or learn what those unpronounceable things mean, as not all of them are toxic.
Avoid Scary Chemicals
Also, if you’re seeking clean hair, leave heavy chemicals out of your shampoo or conditioner. Your hair will thank you not to use carcinogen byproduct chemicals like sodium laurel sulfate or potentially hormone-disrupting ones like parabin. Ethanolamines can cause (wait for it) serious kidney and liver issues.