The worst thing you expect while shampooing your hair is probably experiencing an eye burn or accidentally swallowing some foam. But, you might want to think again!
According to a study carried out by The Center for Environmental Health in Oakland, California, your shampoo could actually be detrimental to your health.
The study found that at least 98 popular shampoo brands contained a carcinogen known as cocamide diethanolamine, also known as cocamide DEA.
This issue has become so widespread that 4 big shampoo producers received California lawsuit.
Actually, the foam from your shampoo comes from the cocamide DEA. Manufacturers were required to warn consumers about the danger associated with cocamide DEA, and other similar substances.
And not only cheap shampoo brands use this carcinogenic compound, but also well-known brands such as Colgate. Although cocamide diethanolamine was banned in commercial health product, FDA didn’t do much about this problem.
How to tell if your shampoo has Cocamide DEA
Here’s a list of a couple shampoo products that contain cocamide DEA
1.Carol’s Daughter RUI (Moisturizing Sulfate-Free Shampoo) 2.Straight Arrow Man’s Tail Shampoo 3.Palmolive Caprice (Anti-Ceramidas Shampoo) 4.Prell Classic Clean Shampoo 5.Organics by Africa’s Best Olive Oil Shampoo 6.Rusk Brilliance Shampoo 7.MG217 Medicated Conditioning Shampoo 8.Ouidad Climate Control Defrizzing Shampoo
9.Fanart Classic Herbal Essence Shampoo
Now, not all products containing cocamide DEA will have the substance’s name written out the same way. Search for this names, because they indicate that the product contains cocamide DEA.
1.Coco 2.Amides 3.N,N-bis (2-hydroxyethyl) 4.Coconut fatty acid ethanolamide 5.Coconut diethanolamine 6.Ciethanolamide coconut fatty acid condensate
What to Use Instead?
You can prepare your own natural and healthy shampoo, using the following ingredients:
– 2/3 cup Castile soap – 1/2 cup of coconut milk – 2 teaspoons of almond oil or olive oil
– 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil
Just mix the ingredients and store them in a bottle. Shake it really good before every use.