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The Nasties You Need to Know About in Your Supermarket Shampoo

By Emy Hassan, Sep 26 2019 09:28PM

Is your hair feeling rough, dry, and unmanageable? Does your scalp feel sensitive, and maybe a little itchy? It could all be down to your shampoo.

When you’re on a budget, it can be tempting to pick up a bargain basement shampoo with your weekly shop but it could be doing more harm than good.

Here are the nasties you need to know about in in your supermarket shampoo.


These are chemical preservatives that give shampoos and other beauty products a longer shelf life. While it’s great that they’ll last longer on your bathroom shelf, did you know that they’ve been linked to toxicity and some types of cancer, even when used at low levels? Definitely an ingredient to avoid, if you ask me.

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)

This is a cleansing detergent that’s used in a lot of shampoos, shower gels, and pretty much anything that lathers. While you might love a lather and think it’s getting your hair squeaky clean, SLS strips the hair and scalp of its natural nourishing oils, causing dandruff, dryness, and irritation.

Sodium Laureth Sulphates (SLES)

This ingredients is similar to SLS and it’s a known carcinogen that has been linked to kidney damage.

Synthetic Fragrances

While you might love the smell of coconut or strawberry when you waft your hair, the substances used to create the scent are chemicals which can be toxic. It’s these fragrances that are responsible for allergies, dermatitis, asthma flare ups, headaches, and more.

Polyethylene Glycol

You’ll see this on the label as PEG, and it’s a chemical that it used to give shampoos and conditioners their creamy texture. It has the potential to be toxic and is an irritant, especially if it comes into contact with broken skin.

Avoiding the nasties

Many of us are becoming more concerned about what we’re eating, and we should think just as hard about what we’re putting onto our hair and scalp.

The best way to avoid chemical nasties that are harming your hair and potentially your health is to go back to basics. Choose hair care products containing naturally-derived ingredients and check the label to make sure they are free from nasties like sulphates.

We have brought in the fabulous Pureology range in the salon because I love their ‘no nasties’ philosophy. All of their shampoos are sulphate-free and are 100% vegan, and they’re especially great for coloured hair.

With Pureology your hair will not be left with a layer of unsoluable silione, it will be left in a smooth/soft state that will be easier for you to replicate at home.

I’m so convinced of the need to use more gentle and natural products, even if that means spending a little bit more money. What price would you put on amazing hair and good health?

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