It didn't take too long before I needed to take a serious browse down the haircare aisle.
Don't you dislike being in the haircare aisle? So may products to choose from and not a clue where to start. Not to mention the fact that there are always people in that aisle. There are people who know what they want and they really want you to get out of their way. There are also people, like me that day, who clog up the whole aisle with there grocery cart while they read the back of every bottle of shampoo.
So there I was, reading labels, trying to remember what I've read on the internet about chemicals in cosmetics. I knew I wanted to avoid sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS).... not just because it gets picked on by everyone. Over a lifetime of shopping for shampoo a person starts to realize what really works and what doesn't. I prefer to wash my hair every other day. Not every shampoo out there works for that. I narrowed it down to shampoos that use ammonium lauryl sulfate (ALS) verses SLS. The ones with SLS I would need to use everyday because my hair would be oily on the second day. The ones with ALS at least got me through the second day with minimal greasies. So there I was in the haircare aisle looking at the back of all of the shampoo bottles for ALS.
Now over the past couple years I've been reading quite a bit about chemicals in cosmetics. In the course of this research I learned that in Europe they don't even allow SLS/ALS in their products. There are reports that these harsh surfactants contribute to the formation of cancer cells. There are other reports that refute this. I don't know which is true and I'm not letting that contribute to my decisions. What I do know is that SLS/ALS are very strong surfactants. They are very, very good at their job. Unfortunately for our skin and hair, they can do too good of a job and strip your body's natural oils and wash them down the drain along with the dirt and grimies. (find more info about sulfates here)
My first experience with dropping the sulfates was when I switched to my homemade liquid soap. I noticed that this past winter, when my hands and skin would normally be crying from the dryness, my skin was holding up quite well. They dried out the most when I was at work... using the bubbly, sulfate-filled soaps. I have also been using the homemade liquid soap on my face and body with the same results. After using, I don't feel like I have to run to the bottle of lotion before my face cracks!
So, back to the haircare aisle... While reading the bottles, I found a line called Organix that said it was sulfate free. The thought occurred to me that maybe this is the way I should go since the switching my soap was going so well. The shampoo was a bit more expensive than what I would normally pay for shampoo, but I thought it was still worth the try. I chose the
Rejuvenating Cherry Blossom Ginseng Shine Spray