Shampoos ranked from worst to best

Shampoos ranked from worst to best

Have you ever thought the shampoo that you are using contain harmful chemicals that can damage your hair? Have you ever read the ingredients in your shampoo. Most of you might have not, as you trust these big brands, and even if you did the Harmful chemicals in shampoos are written in a scientific way which many of you may not know the meaning of and overlook it. Most of you will be shocked to know that almost all the popular shampoo brands contain toxic chemicals which do more harm than good to your hair. Names of most of these chemicals are:

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: SLS is a chemical used in a lot of personal care products. In shampoos, it is used as a foaming agent. A recent study shows that exposure to SLS can harm the skin and eyes, one may suffer from problems like neurotoxicity, organ toxicity, skin irritation and endocrine disruption. Prolonged use of products with SLS may even lead to cancer
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate: SLES is a contraction os SLS. It causes the same damage as SLS does. It dissolves the oil from our skin causing a drying effect.
  • Dimethicone: Also known as PDMS, Dimethicone is a silicone oil which is used in hair products especially conditioners. It helps to give smoothness to your hair and makes it look shiny. It causes dryness, skin irritation and acne. It is also harmful to the environment as it is a non-biodegradable product making it toxic to the planet
  • Cocamide MEA: Cocamide MEA is a mixture of fatty acids derived from coconut oil. It functions as a foam booster and helps thicken shampoos. A recent study has found MEA to be harmful to the skin with links to cancer.
  • CI 15985: Also known as Sunset yellow, CI 15985 acts as a colouring agent, to produce brown colouring in products. A large number of animal studies have revealed that exposure to sunset yellow for a long time can develop cancer.
  • Methylchloroisothiazolinone: MCI is a preservative used in shampoos that are actives against bacteria, yeast and fungi. According to the U.S.F.D.A, MCI is a standardized chemical allergen, in high concentrations, it can cause chemical burns, skin and eyes irritation.
  • Carbomer: Carbomer is a term used for a series of polymers primarily made from acrylic acid. Carbomers helps to distribute an insoluble solid in a liquid. Studies have found carbomers to cause eye irritation and dry skin.
  • Climbazole: Climbazole acts as an antifungal agent and is found in a number of dandruff shampoos. Studies have found it as highly toxic and can lead to cancer. it has also been found to be harmful to the environment.
  • Laureth-23: Laureth-23 works by lowering the surface tension between two substances, such as two liquids or a liquid and a solid. A surfactant molecule contains one end that is hydrophilic (attracted to water) and one end that is lipophilic (attracted to oil). This allows surfactants to attract and suspends oils, dirt, and other impurities that have accumulated on the skin and wash them away. Due to these properties, Laureth-23 can be found in many different cleansers and body washes. Laureth-23 is created through ethoxylation, a process that produces 1,4-dioxane as a byproduct. 1,4-dioxane is a known animal carcinogen that penetrates readily into the skin. It has also been linked with skin allergies.
  • TEA-Dodecylbenzene sulfonate: TEA-Dodecylbenzenesulfonate and TEA-Tridecylbenzenesulfonate cleanse skin and hair by helping water to mix with oil and dirt so that they can be rinsed away. This is a Sulfonated oil, which is made by reacting oils with sulfuric acid. This is known to strip colour from both natural and coloured hair, so it’s often used to remove dye from the hair or to lighten it for highlights. May even dry out the skin if used during winters.
  • PEG: Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) are petroleum-based compounds that are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers. It is a Carcinogenic petroleum ingredient that reduces the skin’s natural moisture. Increases the appearance of ageing and leaves you vulnerable to bacteria.
  • Acrylates Copolymer: A stabilizer mostly used in styling products to set the hair, add body, and protect it from humidity. It possesses a multitude of functions and can work as a film-forming agent, hair fixative agent, suspending agent and antistatic agent.  Animal tests have also shown it to be harmful if come into contact with the skin and/or eyes.
  • BHT: BHT or butyl hydroxytoluene is a fat-soluble synthetic compound which is commonly used to preserve foods and cosmetic shampoos to slow down the autoxidation rate of ingredients in a product that can cause changes in the taste or colour. There have been many studies which demonstrate that BHT accumulates over time in the body, having a toxic impact on the lungs, liver and kidneys amongst other negative effects.
  • Methylisothiazolinone: Also known as MIT, these common preservatives are found in many liquid personal care products, and have been linked to lung toxicity, allergic reactions and possible neurotoxicity.
  • Tetrasodium Edta: Tetrasodium EDTA is a water-soluble ingredient used as a chelating agent in cosmetics and personal care products because of its ability to sequester metal ions and allow them to remain in formulas but lose their ability to react with other ingredients. It notes concerns regarding cancer, enhanced skin absorption, organ system toxicity and irritation
  • DMDM Hydantoin: DMDM hydantoin is an odourless white, crystalline substance that works as an antimicrobial agent and preservative in cosmetics and personal care products. DMDM Hydantoin releases formaldehyde in small amounts over time. Even low levels of formaldehyde are cause for health concerns, including cancer, skin irritation, respiratory problems and ear, nose and throat concerns
  • Fragrance/Perfume: Artificial fragrances penetrate beyond the surface of the skin and the skin on the scalp in particular. These chemicals are only supposed to be used topically, but studies have shown that many penetrate that barrier in large amounts. When you consider the fact that up to 60% of what you put on your skin actually penetrates beyond the skin surface according to Pour le Monde, you have to wonder what that does to your body and where that buildup of toxins ends up
  • Artificial Color: Artificial colours and dyes are chemical additives that change the shade of soaps, lotions, shower gels, face creams, shampoos, styling products, and more. These dyes are often made up from a variety of synthetic chemicals. You can find dozens of chemicals in a single dye, making it extremely difficult to know exactly what you’re exposing your body too. Many artificial colourants are made from coal tar, and some can contain heavy metal salts, including lead.

I have listed the names of popular shampoos into 3 categories (Harmful, mislead consumers, and organic) based on the number of toxic chemicals in it, from this, we can identify which shampoos should we use and which ones should be avoided.

Harmful

In this category is a list of popular shampoos with at least 10 harmful chemicals in them that can only cause you harm.

Head and shoulders

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulphate
  • Sodium Laureth Sulphate
  • Methylchloroisothiazolinone
  • Methylisothiazolinone
  • Sodium chloride
  • Sodium xylene sulfonate
  • Fragrance
  • Methylisothiazolinone
  • Methylchloroisothiazolinone
  • Dimethicone
  • Benzyl Alchol

Pantene

  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Dimethicone
  • Sodium chloride
  • Ammonium Laureth Sulfate
  • Benzyl Alcohol
  • Methylchloroisothiazolinone
  • Methylchloroisothiazolinone
  • Hydrochloric acid
  • Fragrance

Sunsilk

  • Sodium laureth sulfate
  • Dimethiconal
  • TEA dodecylbenzenesulfonate
  • Sodium chloride
  • Perfume
  • Methylchloroisothiazolinone
  • Methylisothiazolinone
  • Sodium hydroxide
  • Titanium dioxide

Garnier

  • Ammonium lauryl sulfate
  • Cocamidopropyl betaine
  • Sodium chloride
  • Perfume
  • Sodium hydroxide
  • Sodium chloride

Dove

  • Sodium laureth sulfate
  • Polyquaternium
  • Testrasodium EDTA
  • Methylchloroisothiazolinone
  • Methylisothiazolinone
  • DMDM Hydantoin

Tresemme

  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate
  • Sodium Benzonate
  • Dimethiconal
  • TEA dodecylbenzene sulfonate
  • Sodium chloride
  • Perfume
  • Methylchloroisothiazolinone
  • Methylisothiazolinone

Shampoos that mislead consumers

These are shampoos with only 10-20% of organic content. They mislead conumers into buying them by advetisisg it as a 100% organic shampoo, below is a list of popular shampoos with harmful ingrediants in them.

Park avenue Beer shampoo

  • Sodium lauryl sulfate
  • Dimethiconol
  • Tea Dodecylbenzenesulfonate
  • Fragrance
  • Dipropylene glycol
  • Polyquaternium
  • PEG-15
  • Disodium EDTA
  • Methylchloroisothiazolinone
  • Methylisothiazolinone
  • CI 15985

WOW apple cider

  • Polyquarternium 10
  • PEG-12
  • Dimethicone
  • PEG-150
  • Fragrance
  • Color

Patanjali

  • Diazolidinyl Urea
  • Artifical fragrance
  • Color

Organic shampoos

These are shampoos with 100% organic ingredients and does the only job a shampoo is required to do, clean your scalp. Below is a list of organic shampoos which are good for your scalp.

Khadi shampoo

  • Reetha (Sapindus Mukurossi)
  • Alovera extract
  • Amla extract (Emblica Officinalis)
  • Bhringraj extract (Eclipta Alba)
  • Hardkia (Terminalia Bellerica)
  • Neem oil ( Azadirachta Indica)

Desert essence shampo

  • Aloe Barbademsis Leaf Juice
  • Raspberry leaf extract
  • Coco-Glucoside( Coconut/Sugar)
  • Panthenol
  • Fruit Extract
  • Root extract
  • Bark extract

Flourish shampoo

  • Arrowroot powder
  • Citric acid
  • Sodium Bicarbonate
  • Melissa officialis
  • Organic vegetables
  • Glycerin
  • Lemongrass
  • Chamomile essential oil

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