We then spend a fortune of time and money on products that are effectively undoing the damage caused by shampoo. (Source of info: How Life Works)
What are sulfates?
Sulfates are basically surfactants, the substances that decrease the surface tension of the water so that it spreads out more easily. The reason your shampoo lathers is mainly due to the sulfates in it. Because the sulfates in shampoos are so strong, they are excellent in removing dirt and grime. They allow the water stick to dirt and grime so that they can be removed from hair and scalp.
The most commonly used sulfates are Ammonium Lauren Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, and Sodium Laurel Sulfate (commonly known in the hair world as simply SLS)
Are they good or bad for your hair?
It's pretty much a known fact that sulfates aren't very good for your hair, or your body in general. Shampoo and other beauty product companies still continue using them regardless of their bad reputation. Why? Simple. They're cheap to make and that rich lather is very hard to imitate with other "healthier" options.
- Source of info: blackhairchronicles.blogspot.com
You don't REALLY need shampoo or cream rinse, so you can save a bundle and protect yourself, your family and the environment from all the harmful chemicals in these beauty products. For those that are concerned about travel and health, there is even an extra benefit, as you do not have to worry about liquid shampoo in your carry-on luggage.
INGREDIENTS FOR SHAMPOO-FREE
- Baking soda
- Apple cider vinegar ( or lemon)
- Essential oils ( optional and I have not used this but listing it for those who want a healthy fragrance)
HOW TO MAKE DIY SHAMPOO AND CREME RINSE
1 tablespoon baking soda and 1 cup of water
Mix and store in a bottle ( old shampoo container or squeeze bottle)
Get your hair wet, pour the mixture on your head, rub it in and let it set for a minute or two and rinse off.
That is it!
NATURAL CREME RINSE
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar and 1 cup water
Pour over hair, massage a bit and rinse.
That is it!
Source of info: www.soultravelers3.com