Shampoo Allergy

Shampoo Allergy & Their Causes. Common Chemicals Causing Shampoo Allergies.

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I believe that most shampoos you see in the grocery store are a chemical cocktail. 

At that point the allergic reactions to shampoo can manifest themselves in the most unwanted of ways. Itchy dry scalp, dandruff, skin rashes and in some rare cases, even hair loss. How do you know what to look for and what to avoid?

Fragrances and perfumes can be found in virtually all of the mainstream shampoos. This chemical ingredient that can cause itchy rashes. Check the label for the ingredients. If you have an itchy scalp the fragrance is probably to blame. Even the "fragrance free" brands may not actually be "fragrance free".

Causes of Allergies From Using Shampoo

A chemical cocktail? Take a look at these ingridients. They might just be listed on the shampoo and conditioners you're using. 

  • Ammonium lauryl sulfate
  • Alcohol. Most hair dyes and hair-care products contain alcohol in some form.
  • Diethanolamine (DEA) and Triethanolamine (TEA)
  • Dimethicone
  • Formaldehyde
  • Fragrance or Perfume
  • Lanolin, Petroleum, and Mineral Oil
  • Parabens
  • Polyethelyne Glycol. Also called PEG/Polyethelyne or Polyoxyethelyne, 
  • Propylene Glycol (engine coolant)
  • Sodium Chloride
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate 
  • Synthetic Colors

How To Protect Yourself From A Shampoo Allergy 

  • Don't use shampoos that contain ammonium lauryl sulfate, sodium lauryl sulfate or sodium laureth sulfate. 
  • Look for shampoos that use sodium lauryl sulfoaccetate and/or sodium lauryl sulfosuccinate. They a bit more milder on your scalp and hair. 
  • Use a conditioner that has 18-methyleicosanoic acid (18-MEA)
  • Use a conditioner that doesn't have dimethicone

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Honestly, you don't even need to wash your hair every day. Unless you're getting really dirty in construction or are somehow profusely sweating each and everyday, there's simply no need to use shampoo 6 - 7 days per week. 

Doing this will strip your hair of its natural good oils and leave it vulnerable to thinning and brittleness. Check your local health food store or talk to a herbalist who deals with this particular allergy. They can be a wealth of information and may recommend some good hair care products that are safe, natural, and effective. 

Switching to a more natural shampoo with better ingredients may be the missing link in your allergy symptoms. If that doesn't work you'll need to contact your doctor or dermatologist. They can run a battery of tests to determine the best course of action to take.

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