These days, we’re all being told left right and center to banish from our bathrooms all shampoos containing sulfate, paraben and silicone. But why?!
You might be familiar with the French saying “the better is the enemy of the good”… and we pretty much all lean that way when it comes to our hair products. Most women don’t actually realise how naturally beautiful their hair is (even if it isn’t necessarily as soft of voluminous as one might want them to be). Regardless, they it doesn’t necessarily require that much upkeep. In fact, to over-nourish or over-protect your hair could, in the long run, suffocate it and damage it in its own way.
Believe me, I’ve been there… I even went as far as purchasing shampoos for dull and flat hair to maximise the shine and volume of mine. From experience, I can tell you that I could feel the damage this was doing.
Silicone is a type of hydrating veil. It enables easy detangling and softens the hair to the touch. But this veil also weighs the hair down and prevents it from breathing, not to mention making it harder to manage and hold! Did you know that it takes your hair a month to eliminate silicone? So instead of nourishing our hair, we’ve actually been damaging it farther.
The case for sulfate is similar. It has a tendency to dry out our hair and our skin too! So yes, its nice to have a foamy shampoo, but at what price?
For several months now, I’ve been experimenting with organic shampoos. Ok, so they don’t foam because they’re sulfate-free, but they also don’t have any silicone. The problem is that they can be difficult to find, as silicone and sulfate have different names. Look for shampoos without laureth sulfate and without thicone (such as demithicone), thiconol, silane, siloxane.That should cover your bases.
Right now, I’m using the following products, and so far I’m perfectly satisfied:
– Fructis by Garnier : shampoo and creme strength and shine.
– Leonor Greyl : shampoo creme of bamboo (it smells so good but it’s a little pricey) and the orchid hair mask that I use once or twice a month.
If you have any further suggestions, don’t hesitate to share them bellow. We all need little beauty tips, and sneaky deals 😉
Because you’re worth it