Volumising Shampoo | Dr Mercola | 237 ml
Why not discover how easy and enjoyable it is to keep your hair looking fresh, clean, and shiny without using a product with potential toxins?
- Botanical extract of chamomile: Helps restore your hair’s shine and brings out its natural highlights. In fact, regular use can strengthen your hair and even help prevent split ends and breakages.
- Red clover: Promotes healthier-looking skin and hair.
- Canadian Balsam: Made from the resin of the balsam fir tree which provides the product with its viscosity.
Does my Shampoo or Conditioner Contain Any of These Potentially Toxic Ingredients?
Toxic Ingredient #1: Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)
Did you know the same ingredient which produces all that foam and lather when you shampoo your hair is also the ingredient used in car washes and garages as a decreasing agent?
Not only does it act as a penetration enhancer (allowing other potentially toxic ingredients to slip into your bloodstream), but according to the Environmental Working Group’s "Skin Deep: Cosmetic Safety Reviews," research studies on SLS have shown links to:
- Irritation of skin and eyes
- Organ toxicity
- Development / reproductive toxicity
- Neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, ecotoxicological, and biochemical or cellular changes
If you visit the SLS page on the Environmental Working Group’s (a non-profit public-interest research group known for making connections between chemical exposure and adverse health conditions) website, you will see a long list of health concerns and associated research studies. In fact, you will also see their mention of nearly 16,000 studies in the PubMed science library about the toxicity of this chemical.
So, look for it in your hair care products. It also goes by a number of different names including sodium lauryl sulphate, sodium laureth sulphate, ammonium laurel sulphate, sodium dodecylsulfate, sulphuric acid, sodium salt sulphuric acid, A12-00356, Akyposal SDS, Aquarex ME, and Aquarex methyl.
Toxic Ingredient #2: Dioxane
Dioxane's connection to carcinogens was first reported in 1965 and confirmed in 1978.
In fact, back in 1985, the FDA recognised these dangers, and requested that manufacturers voluntarily limit dioxane levels in cosmetics and personal-care products to 10 parts per million.
But it hasn’t happened.
In fact, Los Angeles Times staff writer, Marla Cone, in February 2007 reported that all eighteen personal care products for both adults and children which she had tested by an independent laboratory were contaminated with high levels of dioxane.
Toxic Ingredient #3: Diethanolamine or DEA
In a recent FDA report, approximately 42% of all cosmetics were contaminated with NDEA, with shampoos having the highest concentrations. DEA also readily reacts with nitrite preservatives and contaminants to create nitrosodiethanolamine (NDEA), a known and potent carcinogen.
This is a big problem because DEA seems to block absorption of the nutrient choline, which is vital to brain development. Pregnant women actually require extra choline so they can pass it onto their fetus.
An associate dean for research at the UNC School of Public Health mentioned that choline is necessary to help provide proper nutrients for a healthy baby; stating that, "At this point it is a caution. But it would probably be prudent to look at labels and try to limit exposure until we know more."
Toxins in Your Shampoo and Conditioner May Be More Toxic Than Those in Your Food
You might think that because your skin is about one tenth of an inch thick, it protects your body from absorbing the many things you come into contact with.
A Hot Shower Opens Up Pores in Your Skin and May Make It Easier for Toxins To Enter Your Body
Here’s how it works: when you have a warm shower, your pores automatically open up, which may make it easier for sodium laurel sulphate, DEA, MSG, propylene glycol, and Ethylene Oxide to enter your blood stream.
The ingredients in Volumising Shampoo are made using the highest quality available.
This shampoo is gentle enough on hair for daily use. It will boost shine by nourishing your scalp, and leave your hair feeling healthier. Because it’s free of parabens and SLS, it’s also one of the safest products to use on stressed or damaged hair that has undergone any chemical treatment.
Apply a small amount of Volumising Shampoo to wet hair. Gently massage into hair and scalp. Rinse thoroughly. Repeat as needed.
DISCLAIMER: This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. All information provided on this site is for educational purposes and should not be construed as medical advice.