Healthy Well Being: HAIR CARE

Thursday, February 18, 2010

As I settle into my mid-30's, I am noticing a change with the quality of my hair.  I've pretty much always worn it long & straight, being mindful of regular haircuts & using reputable shampoo brands.  I had a theory in college that rotating shampoo was the way to prevent build up & keep your scalp guessing!  Of course, amassing a collection of bottles to support this theory became ridiculous.  Soon, recognizing how damaging Sodium Lauryl Sulfate can be on your hair, and how it is surprisingly found in most drug store sold shampoo, I switched to SLS free products.  But over the last year, even adding certain supplements to my diet, I couldn't deny seeing more hair in my hairbrush & in the shower drain!
Fed up, on my next visit to my neighborhood health food store - Rainbow Natural Foods - I stumbled upon a locally made product here in Lithonia, GA, promising beautiful & healthy hair.  The product, Juanderful Hair, first caught my eye with its description of using only natural, organic, and herbal ingredients.  Of course, then being able to read all the ingredients without having to "sound it out", sold me.  I'd give it a try, and if anything, I felt the satisfaction of supporting a local business woman.
Happy to report that there are now & forever only 2 bottles in our shower....  Juanderful Hair Organic Herbal Shampoo & Herbal Conditioner.  I have broken free of my need for a buffet of shampoo.  I can't tell you how this shampoo & conditioner have transformed my hair....  less breakage, so super soft & shiny!! One of the additional products Juanderful promotes is the Hair Vinegar Rinse, to be used once a week between shampoo & conditioner.  I have been using the Rinse, and would recommend using it if you purchase the shampoo & conditioner.  Juanderful products are sold through their website & locally here in Atlanta, can be found at Whole Foods and other natural health food stores. 

Juanderful is recommended for all hair types and more info can be found on the website:

I've included Juanderful's research on the effects of using Sodium Lauryl Sulfate shampoo on your hair & scalp.  It is truly eye opening and information we should all be aware of.

"Do you know that your shampoo could be the reason for your hair damage or loss.  Most shampoos contain an inexpensive detergent which is probably the most dangerous ingredient used in skin and hair care products.  The dangerous ingredient is sodium lauryl sulfate or sodium laueth sulfate (SLS).  Sodium lauryl sulfate is used throughout the world for clinical testing as a primary skin irritant. Laboratories use it to irritate skin on test animals and humans so that they may then test healing agents to see how effective they are on the irritated skin.

A study at the University of Georgia Medical College, indicated that SLS penetrated into the eyes, as well as the brain, heart, liver, etc and showed long-term retention in the tissues.  The study also indicated that SLS penetrated young children's eyes and prevented them developing properly and caused cataracts to develop in adults.

SLS may cause hair loss by attacking the follicle. Classified as a drug in bubble baths because it eats away skin protection and causes rashes and infection to occur.
It is potentially harmful to skin and hair.  Cleans by corrosion. Dries skin by stripping the protective lipids from the surface so it can't effectively regulate moisture. SLS is also connected to nitate contamination and reacts with many types of ingredients used in skin products and forms nitorsomines (nitrate).  Nitrates are potential cancer-causing carcinogenic.

Sodium lauryl sulfate is also used in industrial products including engine degreasers, floor cleaners, car wash soaps, and in household products such as toothpastes, shaving foams, and soaps.
Today's women are getting smarter about what they use on their hair. The chemicals in many hair products are damaging our hair. We are looking for all natural products.  Juanderful Hair products contain, natural, organic, and herbal ingredients."
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