Shampoo / Conditioner
Contains 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.
Rich in many great ingredients to ensure the beauty of your hair. Gentle enough on hair for daily use. It will boost shine by nourishing your scalp, and leave your hair feeling healthier. Free From of parabens and sulfates, the shampoo and conditioner are the safest products to use on stressed or damaged hair that has undergone any chemical treatment. Despite the potentially toxic ingredients in your shampoo and conditioner, the FDA doesn't have the resources to stop them from flooding the market... Keep reading further down below discover the potentially toxic ingredients found in most Shampoos and Conditioners. Do you get a dose of them every time you wash your hair?
In trying to formulate a safe, non-toxic shampoo and conditioner, Dr Mercolas team learned a lot about what’s been going on in the hair care industry for more than the last decade. You could be robbing you and your family of better health and if you are using shampoo and conditioner right now, you need to read this whole page. But first before the information on how bad typical Shampoo's and Conditioners are, lets look at these nice clean alternatives. So if you are after a Shampoo & Conditioner in bottle why not try this or one of our Soap Shampoos.
Shampoo Volumising / Conditioner Revitalising
- Choose Shampoo or Conditioner or BOTH
- Helps restore your hair’s shine and brings out its natural highlights.
- Chemical FREE - Absolutely free of anything nasty.
- Strengthens your hair and even helps prevent split ends & breakages.
- Promotes healthier-looking hair.
- Tested in the Briar Research Salons, and researched to ensure both products perform at the level of leading products on the market.
- Gentle on your hair for daily use.
- Boosts shine by nourishing your scalp.
- Reconstructs damaged hair, adds noticeable volume moisturises.
- Chemical FREE - Absolutely free of anything nasty.
Going Beyond a Natural Hair Shampoo & Conditioner
The Problem with Natural Shampoos is the primary ingredient found in many natural shampoos is soap-based. The problem with many of these "natural" shampoos is that they typically don’t clean very well, and tend to form scum by reacting with calcium and magnesium ions present in water. This leaves a residue that can leave your hair feeling unclean and looking rather dull.
What’s more, the pH of soap-based cleansers is very basic, about 8-9--which can cause damage to your hair by lifting cuticles and causing reactions which affect the disulfide bonds in your hair. Ingredients like sodium silicate and borax are added to help overcome the scum formation and dulling effect on your hair. Additionally, many of the natural products on the market today don’t create a luxurious, creamy, rich lather.
The ingredients in Dr Mercolas Shampoo and Revitalising Conditioner are made using the highest quality available. Aside from water, here’s a breakdown of what’s in each product..
- 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: Used topically to promote healthier-looking skin and hair.
- Comfrey: Rich in minerals and B vitamins.
- Canadian Balsam: Made from the resin of the balsam fir tree which provides the product with its viscosity.
- Surfactant derived from vegetable oil: Designed to reduce the surface tension between water and other liquids.
- Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil: One of the most popular tonic herbs known to modern men and women.
- Kosher Vegetable Glycerin: A component of fat or oil which has been used since 1857 in the Western World.
- Cetyl Betaine (fatty methyl esters): Used to thicken shampoo and stabilize foam.
- Surfactant derived from glucose: Helps oil and water to mix so the two will not separate - resulting in a smooth, stable shampoo.
- Triticum Vulgare (wheat) protein: Obtained from wheat germ, this is a light yellow or reddish oil which offers conditioning, moisturizing, and helps your hair retain its moisture and overall appearance.
- Citric acid: A non-toxic pH adjuster and foam stabilizer.
- Peppermint oil: Helps soothe skin.
- Sorbic acid: A preservative which protects the balance of shampoo.
- Vitamin E: Far superior to synthetic vitamin E due to its higher potency. It does a far better job of promoting more resilient-looking skin.
- Grapefruit Seed Extract: A liquid derived from seeds, pulp, and white membranes of grapefruit.
Feed Your Hair
Take a moment to check out the chart above and then compare the ingredients with the veritable witch’s brew of potentially carcinogenic ingredients and contaminants found in those you’ll find at your local salon and supermarket shelves.
You’ll see that Dr Mercola's Volumizing Shampoo and Revitalizing Conditioner gives you all the goodness without the potentially negative effects.
The Shampoo & Conditioners (with continued usage) improves your hair’s texture and strength without stripping away essential oils.
In fact, this invigorating and purifying formula helps to eliminate build-up from your hair and scalp, and encourages healthy-looking hair, leaving your hair looking thicker, fuller, and shinier.
How does Dr Mercolas shampoo and conditioner manage to moisturize without stripping your hair? It all boils down to the fact that the ingredients are designed to nourish and strengthen your hair, while gently cleansing away impurities and toxins--providing your hair with the natural conditioning and healthy-looking results it deserves.
It reconstructs damaged hair… adds noticeable volume and shine… moisturizes… radically reduces the appearance of split ends… and shields your hair from damage due to the environment, and chemical treatments, without weighing your hair down.
The Bad, the Worse and the Ugly
Consider what a prominent Senator said at a Senate Hearing on the FDA Reform on September 10, 1997...
"The Cosmetics Industry Has Borrowed a Page from the Playbook of the Tobacco Industry by Putting Profits Ahead of Public Health"
And while the bigwigs in the hair care industry don’t want you to know this, every time you put shampoo or conditioner into your hair, you may be putting yourself in harm’s way. Just take a look at your shampoo and conditioner the next time you shower and ask yourself...
Is Your Shampoo and Conditioner Interfering With Your Hormones and Making You Fat? The EPA has found synthetic hormone-disrupting chemicals in shampoo preservatives and many of them can be found in products that claim to be 'natural' and 'organic.' The most disturbing of these is antimicrobial preservatives called parabens which have proven to disrupt your endocrine system. So what is an endocrine disruptor and why should it concern you?
It all boils down to this: they mimic, disrupt or block the actions of your hormones and interfere with your body’s hormonal pathways. And when you consider the fact the endocrine system regulates every function of your body and provides instructions to your body that tell your cells what to do, this can have disastrous consequences. For instance, one messenger hormone, estrogen, is secreted by ovaries and plays a big part in regulation of fertility, pregnancy, menstruation and fat cell activity. And too much estrogen can cause big problems including weight gain, fluid retention, and depression. So what can you do to avoid these parabens?
Check your product labels for these terms:
- Propylparaben / Parahydroxybenzoic acid / Parahydroxybenzoate / Methylparaben
- Ethylparaben / Butylparaben / Benzyl-parahydroxybenzoic acid /Methyl-parahydroxybenzoic acid
- Ethyl-parahydroxybenzoic acid / Propyl-parahydroxybenzoic acid / Butyl-parahydroxybenzoic acid
Toxic Ingredient #1: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (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 degreasing agent? It’s true. And 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 very 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 (as well as their link to that list) 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 sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, ammonium laurel sulfate, sodium dodecylsulfate, sulfuric acid, sodium salt sulfuric 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 recognized 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."
Toxic Ingredient #4: MSG: You’ve been told to avoid MSG in your food, right? After all, many people experience symptoms like headaches, dizziness, and stomach discomfort after consuming MSG-containing products. And according to the FDA, MSG side effects include: numbness, burning sensations, tingling, facial pressure, headaches, nausea, drowsiness and weakness, among other problems. But did you know MSG, short for monosodium glutamate, is also more than likely in your shampoo, often secretly hidden and referred to as amino acids, yeast extract, nayad, glutamic acid, or glutamates?
Toxic Ingredient #5: Propylene Glycol: This active ingredient is found in engine coolants and antifreeze, airplane de-icers, tire sealants, rubber cleaners, polyurethane cushions, paints, adhesives, enamels and varnishes, and in many products as a solvent or surfactant.
And guess what? Despite the fact the material safety data sheet warns users to avoid skin contact with propylene glycol as it is a strong skin irritant and can also cause liver abnormalities and kidney damage, it’s more than likely in your shampoo! Okay, so now that you’ve read about these 5 potentially toxic ingredients, let me ask you two critical questions: If you knew of a food which contained all of these toxins... Would you add it to your grocery basket on a week to week basis? Would you feed it to your children?Of course, you wouldn’t. But it’s safe because your skin is protecting you, right? Wrong. The reality is your skin is often a carrier, not a barrier and...
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. But the truth is, when you consume toxins in foods, such as pesticides in fruit and vegetables, the enzymes in your saliva and stomach often break them down and flush them out of your body. Food also passes through your liver and kidneys. The toxins which make it through are detoxified to varying degrees by enzymes before they reach the remainder of your body.
However, when toxins are absorbed through your skin, they bypass your liver and enter your bloodstream and tissues – with absolutely no protection whatsoever. Think of it like this: when you put shampoo or conditioner into your hair, the twenty blood vessels, 650 sweat glands, and 1,000 nerve endings soak in the toxins. And some studies suggest skin can sometimes absorb more than your digestive tract. According to evidence presented at 1978 Congressional hearings, the absorption of the carcinogen nitrosodiethanolamine (NDELA), which is commonly found in shampoo products, was shown to be more than 100 times greater when exposure came through your skin than via your mouth. What’s more...
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 sulfate... DEA... MSG... propylene glycol, and Ethylene Oxide to enter your blood stream. And while you have been told about the damaging effects of pesticides and additives in food, the ugly truth about the damage shampoo and conditioner may do to your body has been hidden until now.
If you think you can trust the labels on your hair care products, THINK AGAIN!
For instance, about half of all the labels on 14,200 products examined by the Environmental Working Group ended up having mislabelled ingredients with some misspelled, and others having different names for the same ingredient depending on the manufacturer. What’s more, there were 41 online retailers of cosmetics identified by EWG who failed to post any of their ingredients online. And when the FDA was pressured to make these retailers conform, they replied: "There is no requirement that a manufacturer put an ingredient list on a website."
The reality is your shampoo and conditioner may be just as toxic. In fact, it’s a serious case of "Buyer Beware" because it is the manufacturer’s responsibility to determine whether a product is safe. In our opinion, it’s an outrage. At least with cigarettes, you know they are dangerous to your health. But the manufacturers selling you shampoo and conditioner are taking reckless advantage of the less stringent FDA regulations applicable to cosmetics.
The FDA Regulations (21 CFR Sec. 740.10) state quite clearly that "Each ingredient used in a cosmetic product and each finished cosmetic product shall be adequately substantiated for safety prior to marketing. Any such ingredient or product whose safety is not adequately substantiated prior to marketing is misbranded unless it contains the following conspicuous statement on the principal display panel:
"WARNING. THE SAFETY OF THIS PRODUCT HAS NOT BEEN DETERMINED."
So who’s in control of the safety? The manufacturers. It seems that the FDA is allowing them to pass their own judgement about the safety of their product. What a joke. The FDA regulations are intended to protect you from dangerous products by insisting products which contain dangerous ingredients include warning statements. But the reality is that the agency does not have adequate resources to enforce this requirement.
Enough about the Toxins and on to the Solutions
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- Water (aqua).
- Botanical extract of chamomile.
- Red clover.
- Canadian balsam.
- Surfactant derived from vegetable oil.
- Kosher vegetable glycerin.
- Surfactant derived from coconut.
- Cetyl betaine (natural fatty methyl esters).
- Surfactant derived from glucose.
- Triticum vulgare (wheat) protein.
- Citric acid.
- Natural peppermint oil.
- Potassium sorbate.
- Sorbic acid.
- Natural vitamin E.
- Vitamin E ester.
- Vitamin A.
- Grapefruit seed extract.
- Aloe barbadensis leaf juice.
- Mentha piperita (peppermint) oil.
- Apply a small amount of Volumizing Shampoo to wet hair. Gently massage into hair and scalp. Rinse thoroughly. Repeat as needed.
- Brand: Mercola.
- Size: 237ml 8fl. oz.
- Container: BPA FREE Plastic Bottle.
- Storage: Keep plastic lid on when not using.
- Estimated shelf life from purchase: 1 - 2 years.
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