|Posted on Sunday, October 10, 2010 - 10:56 am: || |
I was so sad yesterday...the one shampoo in my shower that had safe-looking ingredients (I am just to the point of changing all my hair/skin products) was my Avalon Organics Lavender Shampoo. I was almost out so I went to Earth Fare to buy a new bottle, and lo and behold, they have added a new ingredient: Hydrolyzed Plant Protein. Nuts!!! Just thought I'd warn you in case you also use that brand! The only "safe" looking product of theirs I was able to find was the Tea Tree Conditioner...perhaps because my store still had older bottles of that...because all the other bottles had a sticker on the front that said "NEW" except for that one.
One question: Is stearic acid bad? On wikipedia it says it's made through hydrolysis of animal fats, does it have MSG? Thanks!
|Posted on Sunday, October 10, 2010 - 1:19 pm: || |
dont you just hate when something perfectly good gets changed up in favour of something NEW??
(always makes me think of the advert campaign from the dreamworks film Robots: "WHY BE YOU- WHEN YOU CAN BE NEW!!!"
anyway, over the past few months ive also posted lots of inquiries about haircare products, trying to find something safe that wouldnt keep making my hair fall out.
finally had to just bite the bullet and get rid of EVERYTHING altogether. all of it- shampoo, conditioner, gel, spray, most especially anything with those nasty silicones/-canes
even Dr Bronners (which lots of people on here use with no problems) was just too harsh, or something... i finally switched to a hairsoap bar and that has been the best thing so far. i think some of the others on here also use the bars. its not as intimidating as it seems, really... just rub into a lather and shampoo as usual.
i like Camamu's Neem Oil bar (its been quite effective in controlling the Demodex mites which evidently are the real source of my personal scalp & hair issues) but Neem smells a little funny/yucky, and they make others that smell much nicer.
if you decide to give the bar thing a go, two others brands that were recommended by others on the board are:
Kiss My Face OLIVE OIL bar
Aptera of Greece
...i also just saw that i have an Avalon Organics "pure glycerin" bar with nothing in it but plant oils, glycerin, sugar, and plant extracts for the colouring. i dont know how long ive had it, but maybe they havent changed up their bar soaps yet.
ive also been experimenting for more truly natural solutions that i can whip up in my kitchen (i mean, what DID people used to do, before there were markets on every corner?) and found some really useful tips for haircare on the following site:
also, kristy suggested this link for skincare (which i LOVE):
i am now using Camamu Neem soap to wash my hair, alternated occasionally with a Mayo/Avocado/Olive Oil pack for deep conditioning (and to suffocate the little buggers, heh) followed as needed by a very mild baking soda or borax (NOT boric acid!)/1% peroxide rinse, or sometimes well-diluted apple cider vinegar. i do have to let it air dry before it can be brushed, but voila- no need for conditioner! my hair is healthier than in years! and even...can it be?... starting to grow back
so here's to your own journey into natural haircare- its all trial and error, sometimes it feels like mostly error but dont give up, its soooo worth it when your hair finally begins to respond for real
i hope i didnt just blow your mind with so much info up front... (i do have lots more where that came from, hee hee)
|Posted on Sunday, October 10, 2010 - 9:31 pm: || |
No it's not too much info--well, I AM trying to wean myself off of the Ritalin--but so far my brain is still working. It was always questionable whether or not it did me any good to begin with...
Anyways...thanks for those links, first of all...I was looking yesterday for hair care recipes and couldn't find any decent ones at all...and those look good! Luckily for me, I was blessed with good skin and thick, straight hair, so I've never had to be TOO picky about my products. The reason I say that's "lucky" is because it makes it much easier for me to change...actually my skin is VERY clear since I've changed my diet...I kind of broke out the 2nd week and then it cleared up quite nicely. I do like to use thick conditioner on my hair, especially in the winter...but like I said, I'm not picky. As long as it works well enough and it's not poison. I stopped using my Cetaphil lotion because it has citric acid, so I'll be happy when I find a good new lotion. Right now I'm just using olive oil! I ordered lotion and creme and soap from Tropical Traditions, though. I also found a couple of conditioners that seemed safe--Nature's Gate Tea Tree Conditioner, and Avalon Organics Clarifying Lemon Conditioner (it didn't have a "new" sticker or anything hydrolized). I just wish they didn't have ingredients that I can't pronounce. I hate that. Especially now!