This week’s Mama Mondays post is going to take guts. Mama guts.
Many women have a preferred hair-care regimen. Few of us would continue with it, however, if we realized exactly what it is we are putting into our scalps. To find out what your shampoo, conditioner, and hair-styling products are putting into your system, type it in the search field at the Environmental Work Group Cosmetic Database here (make sure you type in the brand first, followed by the name of the product). It has over 95,000 products and complete listings of ingredients and what those ingredients may be doing to you right now.
Here are some common chemical components in conventional hair care products:
- One of the worst chemical components of regular hair care products is the one thing we like most about them: the scent. Artificial fragrances are dangerous neurotoxins that can impair your neurological (brain) functioning.
- Another incredibly dangerous aspect of shampoos are the conditioning agents. Retinyl Acetate (Vitamin A Acetate) causes developmental and reproductive toxicity: this means it can cause cellular changes in you and your developing baby, increasing your risk of cancer and your baby’s risk of birth defects.
- Those ingredients you can’t pronounce (or have no idea what they are)? Most of them are immunotoxins, meaning they impair your body’s ability to fight off disease and cancer.
A lot of people are wondering why cancer is becoming more and more prevalent in our society. Part of it may be living longer, better screening and diagnosis, etc., but I think the largest reason is because we are not only eating carcinogens in our diet, we are rubbing them all over the largest organ of our body: our skin. We are literally bathing our bodies with cancer-causing products that weigh down our immune systems. (I am not suggesting that all cancers are caused by our choices; cancer is endemic to an imperfect and fallen world that I believe God will heal and make new again. However, since cancer is a reality of our present human experience, especially for wealthier nations, we need to be careful not to ignore our contribution to the problem).
Helping of Hope! Right choice: find personal care products that use 100% from-nature (not “all-natural”, as the term can be misleading) ingredients that are non-toxic (some are listed on the EWG page in the link above). Bright future: healthier immune system to fight off allergens, diseases, and cancers; reduced risk of allergic reactions, diseases, and cancers; healthier babies and longer lifespan.
For an option you can easily switch to TODAY, see my Baking Soda Hair Cleanser & ACV Conditioning Spray page. Not quite ready to take the plunge to make your own care products? This Saturday’s SHOP-TIL-YOU-DROP post will offer a couple all-natural hair solutions that you’ll be glad to try; make sure you stop by on Saturday to check it out!
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