Are shampoo bars better for your hair?
A year ago
We often get asked whether shampoo bars are good for your hair, so in today’s post we’ll look at the differences between shampoo bars and many liquid shampoos.
Are you getting tired of trying out every possible shampoo, only to find that it’s making no difference to the health of your hair? Are you ready for a change?
Nut and Noggin shampoo bars have plastic-free packaging and are sulphate, paraben and silicone free. But what does this mean and does this mean they're better for your hair?
Is sodium lauryl sulfate/sulphate (SLS) bad for your hair?
A lot of shampoos contain sulphates which, especially if you have a sensitive scalp, are best to avoid.
Sodium Lauryl / Laureth Sulphate (SLS), is a detergent that’s used in many cleaning products. Whilst sulphates do have cleansing properties and make products lather, they can also irritate the ph balance in your scalp, stripping the natural oils from your hair. This can lead to fragile, brittle hair strands, frizz and split ends.
Why are parabens bad for your hair?
Parabens are widely used preservatives in liquid cosmetic and pharmaceutical products such as shampoo.
As many of us like to keep products on our shelves and in our make up bags for months on end, parabens are used to prolong haircare product shelf lives. The American Cancer Society mentioned that a 2004 study found parabens in the breast tissue of patients and whilst parabens were not found to be the cause of cancer, they are able to penetrate the skin, remaining within tissue and concerns about endocrine disruptors have led to a search for paraben-free alternatives.
Shampoo bars are by nature, waterless, so there’s no need for us to add any artificial paraben preservatives. There’s also less opportunity for bacterial growth, due to the nature of our formulation being dry.
What are silicones in shampoo?
Silicones can make your hair feel silky after washing, but they’re also one of the main causes of lifeless, dull and heavy hair due to product build up.
They’re made from a polymer, or plastic (which we don’t use!) that can build up after prolonged use and weigh down your hair. This build up stops the hair shaft from getting nourished by the natural oils from your scalp. This protective layer blocks the other nourishing ingredients into the hair follicle.
Using sulphate and paraben free shampoo or shampoo bars can help you get your hair health back on track. If you want to use a more sustainable option, shampoo bars have the added benefit of being plastic free and compact, helping the environment as well as your hair.
Using haircare products that contain parabens, sulphates and silicones chemicals can leave you with dry, fragile, brittle or lifeless hair and make it worse.
Nut and Noggin’s simple shampoo bars use a coconut derived cleanser to ensure there are no harsh chemicals attacking your hair. We’ve won Best Shampoo Bar in the Bazaar Magazine awards and you can also find us at Selfridges.
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