Does our hair get greasy too quickly? Then we change the shampoo. Do we have sheds? Then we buy dandruff shampoo. hair loss? A shampoo with castor oil is needed. Somehow we always hope that a new shampoo will be the sudden solution to all our hair problems - but sometimes it is the real problem. Because let's be honest, we've never heard of most of the ingredients that are printed on the packaging. And that's exactly the problem! We will therefore tell you what you should look out for when buying shampoo so that your hair becomes healthier and does not suffer even more.
Advertising and hair influencers on social media always fool us into believing that shampoo XY is the silver bullet for great hair. Unfortunately, our hair does not become healthy and silky just with the "perfect" shampoo. Genetics, nutrition, external influences, styling, and further care also play a decisive role. Nevertheless, you can support your hair with the right shampoo. For example, if you have greasy hair, hair loss, or dandruff, then you must absolutely avoid the following ingredients.
Sulfates are surfactants that degrease heavily and are therefore also extremely drying. However, they are unfortunately included in almost all shampoos and ensure cleaning and a nice lather. Unfortunately, sulfates are very aggressive and dry out the scalp, which can lead to hair loss and the like. Look out for the Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Coco Sulfate, and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate contents.
You probably already guessed it. Alcohol dries out the scalp and hair, makes hair easier to break, and causes itching and dandruff. Because the substance destroys the protective sebum layer. In rare cases, alcohol in the shampoo can also cause skin irritation. Cetearyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, benzyl alcohol, and alcohol denat are common names for alcohol in shampoos.
Silicones make hair easier to comb and make it appear smoother and shinier. Unfortunately, however, they also put a film on the scalp and hair. This cannot be washed off because silicone is not water-soluble. The scalp can no longer breathe. The result: greasy hair and sometimes itchy scalp. The terms Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Amodimethicone, Polymethylsiloxane and substances with the ending -cone or -xane, Trideceth-12, Hydroxypropyl, Polysiloxane, Lauryl Methicone Copolyol Amodimethicone, Cetearyl Methicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol and Quaternium 80 are an indication of silicones.
Sounds chemical? It is! Nevertheless, the substance is often found in shampoos. Propylene Glycol is derived from petroleum and is often used as a humectant. Due to its aggressive irritating effect, the agent makes the scalp permeable and can lead to hair loss and irritation that is accompanied by itching. Avoid shampoos containing 1,2-propanediol, propylene glycol dicaprylate/dicaprate, propylene glycol dicapras, and propylene glycol.
Shampoos often also contain formaldehyde. However, these are very harmful! They have the property of connecting materials and making them strong and resilient. It usually leads to skin irritation and severe itching. Unfortunately, formaldehyde is difficult for the layperson to recognize because it is named differently. You can recognize the substance on shampoos by the names Quanternium-15, DMDM Hydantoin, Diazolidinyl Urea, Sodium Hydroxymethyl Glycinate, and 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (bromopol).
Other substances such as PEG, Parabens, SLS, Artificial Fragrances, Synthetic Dyes, DEA/TEA and Oxybenzone, and many more can also be harmful to the body. However, these often affect the hormone balance or the organs and can also promote cancer in some cases. You should therefore find out about the contents of the products before you buy the shampoo.