You may have thought that the worst thing your shampoo could do to you is to sting your eyes, but it turns out that your shampoo could be deadly. The Center for Environmental Health based in Oakland, California, performed a study on shampoos and soaps and found that 98 included a possible carcinogen known as cocamide diethanolamine (cocamide DEA).
Cocamide DEA is a chemically modified form of coconut oil that is used as a thickener or foaming agent in shampoo. However, the state of California has outlawed its use, because it may be carcinogenic to humans. The CEH is suing companies producing and distributing these products, including Prell, Paul Mitchell and Colgate Palmolive shampoos. Also included are products marketed to children, and even one which falsely claims to be organic (Organic by Africa’s Best.)
Until things are resolved, it seems like getting shampoo in your eyes may have become the least of your concerns. You can find a full list of all 98 suspect shampoos here:
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Does anyone really care about the truth anymore? . FACT - The CEH did sue companies over cocamide DEA... but NOT because, as the writer puts it, it's BANNED IN CALIFORNIA! These companies were sued in 2014 (2 years after cocamide DEA was listed in California) because they did not provide the proper Proposition 65 warning! FACT - Cocamide DEA has not been found to cause cancer in humans. It HAS been found to cause cancer in experimental laboratory animals... under laboratory condition. Theoretically, cocamide DEA might cause cancer in humans.. which triggers the Prop 65 listing and the warning requirements. FACT - products can be sold in California that contain cocamide DEA.... but any product containing the chemical MUST provide the Prop 65 warning! . Obviously, the writer of this article either does check facts, or passes them over in order to offer up gut-wrenching, emotionally-jarring, sensationalist headlines and filler for the article. . I don't like dangerous levels of harmful chemicals released in our environment... but I also do not like B.S. articles which belong more appropriately on sites like Breitbart rather than Inhabitat!
Just as an fyi just becuause your brand isn't on the list doesn't mean it isn't harmful. Someone here mentioned Tres Emme When I read the article I had Tres Emme in my shower and I looked at the ingredients and unfortunately it has a lot of the dangerous chemicals listed that are cancer causing like DEA MEA and others. There is an article out there of some of the "better" shampoos to use, they are rated 0-10 on the "dangerous" scale one of them is Alba coconut milk, another is Avalon organics olive oil shampoo and another I never heard of that rates a zero called Cardin but I'm having a hard time finding it. If you look at some of the other articles they give you a whole list of dangerous ingredients you should avoid in your shampoo.
Hey guys basically be aware of mainstream and highend brands some of this shampoos are horrible for you although it might smell good or leave your hair shiny it comes at a price and that's you hair integrity and health. Lucky I'm going to give you some healthy alternatives that might be helpful for you: innersense,Rahul, Moogoo and lastly acure
I don't see Tresemme on here, glad. But I do buy Up and Up pampers for my baby and Little Ones baby wipes, are those ok?
As a certified health coach, I stick to Young Living products, because I KNOW I can trust them to be *completely* non-toxic and actually provide FANTASTIC health benefits offered by the therapeutic-grade essential oils that are the most important aspect of their ingredients! If you'd like more info, msg me: [email protected] https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/beauty/hair-care
I think finding an alternative really depends a lot on your hair type, but for me no poo with baking soda and apple cider vinegar really has the best thing. You do need to do a vinegar rinse to re-balance your scalp, that's critical...use the minimum dilution of baking soda in water to get hair feeling clean, for me I do 2 tsp. for 8 oz. of water. My scalp does not produce as much oil as when I use shampoo, so it stays cleaner longer. Having fairly fine, straight hair, my hair would look greasy pretty fast and this has helped me cut down on washing so my ends don't get as fried. As for the rinse, it does not need to be that strong with the vinegar, and I've never noticed a smell lingering at all...you rinse with straight water after that but I usually add a drop or two of some essential oil for fun, whatever I'm in the mood for - something energizing, or lavender before bed, etc. Don't knock it till you try it...believe me, I've tried a ton of natural shampoos, castille soap, homemade "shampoos"...I was skeptical but it turned out to be the best for me and my hair type, oddly. Also it's shinier than it ever was before, and my natural color seems more intense.
Don't wash your hair with baking soda regularly because your scalp is supposed to be acidic and you will ruin your hair. I do like to use it on occasion as it makes your hair so soft and binds to radiation from the air so it can be washed away. Someone asked what is good? Well do what you want but I use castile soap with occasional organic cold-pressed virgin coconut oil treatments, no conditioner needed. Many brands make a castile multi-purpose soap but I choose Dr.Bronner's. It's a little spendy but you are diluting it by at least x4 or more and they're big bottles. It actually comes out cheaper than the toxic stuff. It can be diluted even more depending what you want to use it for. You can replace every toxic soap in your home with it and it comes in many scents as well as unscented. It is made with organic oils so it moisturizes as it cleans. I have replaced every soap, dish soap, hand soap, floor mopping, everything. No more chemicals! Vote with your dollars!
time to give it a try.
One of my friends has switched from shampoo to just baking soda and water, and her hair looks healthy and shiny. Someone commented that shampoo strips the natural oils from our scalps - It seems to be true (at least, it's been true for me). The more I shampoo my hair, the more often I need to: I used to have to wash my hair every single day, otherwise it was greasy the next day. When I became disabled almost 10 years ago, I wasn't physically able to wash my hair that often anymore. After an (admittedly) rough adjustment period, I can now easily go days and days without washing my hair - it still looks and smells clean, and doesn't get greasy like it used to. I have found that using apple cider vinegar sometimes makes my hair shinier, but I've learned to dilute it with water (maybe 1 part apple cider vinegar to 5 or 6 parts water?). Otherwise, my hair smelled a bit like vinegar even after it was dry, no matter how well I rinsed it.
That's why u don't buy personal products from K-mart
Some people use eggs to wash their hair
antidisc, I can personally vouch for the fact that some people really can go 4 to 5 days without washing their hair without it smelling. I use the no poo method off and on (usually when my dandruff is bad.. it helps clear it up), but I also use regular shampoo. I don't LIKE to go 4 to 5 days without washing, but I have before, and have still had people tell me that my hair smells GOOD. Not just not stinky.. GOOD. Some peoples body chemistry allow them to go that long between washes. I personally use Loreal OleoTherapy, and I LOVE it. Happy it's not on the list!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cocamidopropyl_betaine ...This is what they should have replaced it with long ago. It's probably a more expensive ingredient.
Washing every 4-5 days. Ok, your hair is 'healthy' but how does it smell? I know a lot of people who don't wash their hair often and I can smell it. You could be punishing the people around you.
I have waist length greying hair and for the past 3 years I have been using the "no poo" method of cleansing my hair. Simply put it's using NO shampoo. I use a mixture of water and baking soda for cleansing and a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water for softening/conditioning. My hair hasn't been this shiny and healthy in YEARS. Shampoo, plain and simple is a gimmick. The more you shampoo the more you have to shampoo. Shampoo strips the natural oils from your hair and when that happens your scalp works overtime to replace them. Instead of having to wash my hair every other day, I wash my hair every 4 to 5 days. It's cheap, good for the environment and has nothing in it to harm me. Oh, and btw my 21 year old son uses the same method.
wow, I only use Lemongrass spa products, www.ourlemongrassspa.com/karola I had no idea..
a friend posted this link to my wall- I am a big lover of the "Arbonne" products- so much so, I became a consultant!! love helping to educate and be educated. I am glad my shampoos arent on this list :)
It doesnt say the brand for some of these products like the 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner by toys r us
I use Ava Anderson Non-toxic and love it!
It seems to be a daily occurrence that we are told there is some destructive chemical in something we use. For hair products the best I have found (smells amazing too) is Probiotic Shampoo and Conditioner from Air Thai Life. Not the cheapest out there but it is incredible. You can find her stuff at airthailife.com
Consumer need to take any legal action for that
So you lose your hair and spend all your earnings to restore them-Pharma business..wake up!
What about Cocamidopropyl betaine ? is that dangerous as well?
So what IS good, especially for fine, long, greying hair (trying to grow for "Locks-of-Love") I rinse w/ Apple cider vinegar to "contract my hair ends" (from my hair care gal).