Let me start by saying that I am really low maintenance when it comes to my hair. If you have known me for many years, you probably noticed that not much has changed about my hair other than length. I avoid dying my hair (chemical damage, no thanks), and I rarely ever style my hair with heat. So my hair care routine, is pretty short…
I like the Giovanni tea tree shampoo because of the tingly feeling you get while and after washing it out of your hair. It leaves your hair feeling clean and smelling fresh. Speaking of feeling clean, dry shampoo is a must for those days when you don’t have time to wash your hair. Again, I like the Giovanni version because it is very safe to use (fragrance-free, talc free, etc.) and it works well. The Live Clean hydrating shampoo and 2 in 1 are also both nice and clean options. Live Clean can be found at Walmart and it is relatively affordable. I also recently picked up the Everyday Coconut hydrating shampoo from Whole Foods because I love anything coconut scented and the ingredients seem pretty solid. One thing to note, some brands may be marketed as ”natural”, but it may not be true about all of their products so it is always better to check each product individually.
I’m picky about my shampoos because I want to avoid Sodium Laureth/Lauryl Sulfate (also known as SLS). SLS is used as a detergent and surfactant in almost 90% of soap products on the market, and essentially it is the chemical that creates foam. Most of the time it is contaminated with other chemicals, and it’s also an irritant to your skin and eyes. If you use a shampoo with SLS, careful not to get it in your eye, it could be serious!
But SLS isn’t the only chemical I avoid. I also avoid parabens, fragrance and pretty much anything that sounds ridiculously hard to pronounce. Seriously, when I go buy shampoo or body wash, I spend a lot of time reading labels and researching. To help me keep track of all of this and speed up the process, I use my Think Dirty app. With this app, all you have to do is scan the bar code on the back of your shampoo (or any cosmetic/ daily care product) and it will tell you exactly how unsafe or safe it is with a number rating according to the “Dirty Meter”. That’s the simplified explanation but there’s so many more great features on the app that you’ll just have to find out about on your own.
It’s hands down my most used app, and hey Think Dirty, if you’re reading this I’d love a shout out.
I hope you take some time to either check out the Think Dirty app, or start reading the ingredient labels on your everyday products. Our skin is our largest organ, if we are careful with what food we eat and buy, then why not for the products we are putting on our skin?