make sustainable choices for good hair days and good air days!

make sustainable choices for good hair days and good air days!

while we look at the ingredients of the things we consume, we often ignore what we put on our skin and hair. what to look for on the label of the shampoo bottle?

why do you need to be aware of what you're putting on your hair and skin?


Our consumer-driven lives have impacted the environment to an irredeemable degree in so many ways. However, all is not lost and we can certainly make a difference with small, sustainable changes in our lives. The environment and our individual lives are entwined as we are part of the same ecosystem. So what impacts the environment invariably impacts us too, and vice versa.

As the country that gave the world shampoo, we Indians would know a thing or two about the art of hair care and hair care products. In the present times, we increasingly seek out these traditional wise tricks in an attempt to make healthier choices. The truth is, one must be mindful of making environmentally conscious choices every day; both for the planet and for ourselves - including the shampoos we use. In this context, there are a few things one must keep in mind while choosing them.

There are a few chemicals you should definitely steer clear of while buying shampoos - ammonium lauryl sulfate or sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), parabens, sodium chloride, polyethylene glycols, formaldehyde, alcohol, synthetic fragrances and colors, Dimethicone, Cocamidopropyl betaine, triclosan, retinyl palmitate. These chemicals use strong detergents and preservatives that make the scalp itchy and cause eventual hair loss. Parabens are even linked to an increased number of breast cancer cells. Many of these chemicals are used in shampoos as foam boosters but end up causing bigger problems such as eczema, hormone disruptions, reproductive issues, allergies, and rosacea.

It is easier to trust brands that spell out clearly the ingredients and specifications of their product in the most lucid way and in compliance with all the legal regulations of the land. It would help to actively seek out products that advertise as non-toxic, cruelty-free, and are ethically sourced. Many products use natural ingredients such as beeswax, aloe vera, shea butter, argan oil et al which nourish the skin and hair as compared to harsh chemicals that make the hair brittle and damaged in the long run.

Other small changes can go a long way. Take for instance our regular shampoo bottles, which are generally made of plastic. Plastic bottles, while most common because of their durability and inexpensiveness, are a major threat to the environment. Instead, try shampoo bars which leave almost no packaging waste. Since they are more concentrated than liquid shampoo, they also win points for longevity and make you save your bucks besides the environment. Alternatively, there are refillable aluminum and glass that would help reduce your carbon footprint by a mile and add to the beauty of your bathroom.

Going the eco-friendly way is a win-win situation if you think about it. The natural ingredients in shampoos are good for your skin and your health, while also being good for the environment. The long and short of it is that it is our duty as well as to our benefit to make greener choices for cleaner health.


Author - 

Aditi Gupta is a content writer. She works with various corporate houses and NGOs. You can find her on Instagram and Linkedin


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