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Organic Hair Shampoo - What are The Advantages & Disadvantages

Updated on November 4, 2015

Hair Washing with Shampoo

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Organic Hair Shampoo v Normal Hair Shampoo - How Things Have Changed

Yesterday while I was washing my hair with my lovely new organic hair shampoo I thought about how things had changed over the last few decades or so.

The was a time when washing your hair was done very infrequently and then just to keep it clean. These days everything is so much more complicated.

Why Is Washing Hair So Different Now?

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The End Of the Shampoo

The last dregs of my chocolate shampoo had disappeared down the drain when I didn't close the cap properly so I found myself with an emergency trip to the health store. To my horror my favourite shampoo was a Christmas special so I had to choose something else.

I found myself with a whole list of decisions I had to make.

Just who decides what we buy anyway? Was it the large companies who lure us in with their false promises of a magical product? Or was it us? Or perhaps a combination of the two?

Do they tell us why we should buy a product? I wasn't convinced. Sometimes yes they do but others we guide them. After all only a handful of people would have cared about organics or animal testing. these days it is a lifestyle and ethics choice. Things had changed so much and we are much more informed and aware. Unfortunately with that the advertisers have become more cunning too!

So when did that happen? I wasn't sure. I drew up a list of things we consider even if only subconsciously about what we buy and why.

Top Reasons We Go Organic

  1. Ethics

    Is the shampoo tested on animals?

  2. Attraction

    With this make me more attractive to the opposite sex

  3. Environment

    How will this affect the environment?

  4. Is It Natural?

    Note that some products are natural. Do not assume that they are not tested on animals. Some very well known brands are! Natural shampoos are considered better for many.

  5. Economics

    Price and value for money

  6. Health

    How will this shampoo affect my health? Note that just because a product is natural (or claims to be) does not mean that it falls into all the categories.

    My chocolate shampoo was supposed to increase serotonin levels and help with moods.

  7. Free From

    Some products still have dangerous chemicals in. Don't be fooled by the pretty white and green covers.

So Why Do We Buy Organic Hair Shampoo?

There are many different reasons we may choose to buy a shampoo or any other product. It may be that there is a combination of reasons.

Faith In Nature Review

This isn't me but it could be - well may be a (bit) older! But the enthusiasm is there.

A Review of Faith in Nature

Why I Like Faith in Nature Shampoo's

Faith In Nature Lavender and Geranium Shampoo and Conditioner Duo Pack
Faith In Nature Lavender and Geranium Shampoo and Conditioner Duo Pack

So these shampoos cover all of the requirements, though I admit I nearly fainted when I saw the price! I need not have worried they are extremely economical even washing every day to every other day they last ages as you need only a fraction of shampoo than you would normally use - phew!

They are natural organic shampoos, they do not test on animals, they do not have Parabens in them. They are also free of SLS. Neither do they hide under the word Parfum which can have up to 300 chemicals in. They have no less than 5 badges of honour on their packaging which shows they mean business.

They smell really great and don't make me sneeze which is a bonus. also check your own issues as because they are natural you may need to check if you have an allergy to it.

This shampoo is scented with the lovely scent of Lavender and Geranium. Faith in Nature do a fantastic variety of unusual scents or combination's of scents. All are created with natural ingredients which are considerate to the environment and us.

They are also suitable for Vegans and are made with essential oils and real herbal extracts. Check which ones are suitable for your hair because they are natural certain herbs are better than others depending on your hair type and also its colour. It will say on the bottle, or if buying on-line the write up.

They also consider the plastic used in the bottles which is mostly rPET and not BPA plastic.

And they are fair trade so no one has been exploited to make any of their range of products. Personally I think they lather up quite well - hmm too well if you are used to using a lot of shampoo. These are very economical as you don't need that much. I always feel pampered when using them.

 

Reasons Given to Buy

What We Are Being Sold - Favourite Tricks To Get Us To Buy

I have seen programs that show us that some times the wool is pulled over our eyes in an effort to sell us what we want.

  1. Free From

    This shampoo is free from: colour; perfume etc

  2. Packaging

    Have you noticed just how much packaging is either clear or white and green. This to declare that their products are environmentally friendly and safe. But are they?

  3. Natural

    This is great, unfortunately not always.

  4. Attraction

    It will make you more attractive.

Natures Way - Leaves

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Decisions, Decisions

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Wow all that just to get a shampoo! What is worse I have been drawn into thinking some of the ones I have bought in the past are good when they are not!

One thing to avoid is Parabens. These are chemicals used to preserve your products and shampoos and they are very good at it. However in recent times they are under suspicion of causing breast cancer as they have been found in tumours on the breast. See more information on the link list below.

Imagine my horror when I raided my "natural" products to find that yep they all had these chemicals in them. That was a while ago. Since then I swapped over to what I think based on current information is a shampoo that covers most of the above criteria. I don't think it does the attraction bit but it does most of the others.

So Why And How Do You Choose Your Shampoo Poll

Why do you choose your shampoo?

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      Sundae 3 years ago

      Organic shampoo is the best. Love your lens! Sundae ;-)

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      Marie 5 years ago

      I like to know I'm using products which aren't tested on animals and I love the shampoo bars because there is no packaging needed for those.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love using organic shampoo, choosing cruelty-free products are super important to me. Thanks for the great info, *blessed by a squid angel*

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      Merstarr 5 years ago

      Unfortunately. affordability is a bit of an issue, but I really want to try that new non-shampoo Wen... have you heard of it? I haven't read the label yet... but it is intriguing!!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Quite an interesting read! Thanks so much for sharing!

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      MayaIxchel 5 years ago

      Wow! I think I will go check out my shampoo, perhaps I am in need of a change. Thanks for the great info! Very eye-opening. Greetings from 'the land of eternal spring'!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice lens..

      I recently started blogging on squidoo and I read various lenses by searching on squidoo...

      i found your lens out there... Hera my lens How to Use LAVA 730G Data Card

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      bwet 5 years ago

      I've always stick to my fav shampoo but organic shampoos... never heard of it until I came across this lens on the front page

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      Li-Li-ThePinkBookworm 5 years ago

      I actually went the no-shampoo way, using only baking soda and water to clean my hair, and it works amazingly well. Good lens, though. People should always be aware of why they buy certain products.

      Li Li

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      AngelaKane 5 years ago

      I think the more natural and organic the shampoo, the better it is for your hair.

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Very interesting look at past practices.

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      Eleanor Candy 5 years ago from Australia

      I have very sensitive skin and usually use organic shampoo. Great lens.

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      Gayle Dowell 5 years ago from Kansas

      I'll be trying this brand!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Used this brand for years- then did the no-poo method. Recently startesd experimenting with shampoos again :)

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      The Falcon Press 5 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      I'm considering giving this one a try. Very convincing testimonial review!

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      Cara 5 years ago

      I think I'll give Faith in Nature shampoo a try.

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      Cynthia Davis 5 years ago from Pittsburgh

      I'm going to try the Faith in Nature shampoo. It sounds like something good for your hair.

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      alaiamax lm 5 years ago

      Very informative! I also love to use organic products.