Your Shampoo Is Hurting the Environment

The typical bottom line for all grooming habits consists of washing and keeping body parts in clean working order from head to toe. Sometimes simple washing isn’t enough to fend off dry skin; in fact, many cleaning products designed to help us smell great and remain fresh, are the main triggers for dry skin. We often think of dry skin as being on the hands, feet, elbows or even the lips, but the head falls victim to this curse more often than you may think.


The remedy for a flaky scalp is often a specific shampoo or conditioner regimen that is tailored to help restore adequate moisture to the area, and rid the body of the flakes and the peeling of the scalp. However, what many who use these specially designed shampoos do not realize is that the reason they are so effective, is because they use a number of harsh chemicals in order to work. Sadly, these chemicals, when rinsed from the hair, enter the drains and when they finally make their way to the ocean, do serious harm to animal wildlife that call the ocean home.

Many popular dandruff shampoos utilize an anti-fungal chemical as the active ingredient; this chemical is called climbazole. Once disposed of from the hair, this fungicide chemical is slowly killing off algae and negatively impacting the germination rate, seed production, and even the leaf color of certain water plants. These chemicals, as effective at ridding your hair of dandruff as they are, are also highly toxic to fish, and harmful to crustaceans that serve as food for a large majority of ocean dwellers. In essence, these shampoos are cutting off the food chain and the circle of life in the ocean one fish at a time.

Sadly, the damage doesn’t end with the sea; in fact, many of us may be greatly affected by these harsh chemicals. This is because much of the chemical itself remains in the water, and when that water is put back into the ocean, it is then used on crops after being deposited at water treatment plants. So in essence, the chemically harsh water that we are creating with these chemicals, is the same that is used to help plants grow: the same plants that we find ourselves eating.

Ridding the water, the ocean and our food of these dangerous chemicals is needed; it is needed to keep us healthy, to provide safe water and crops for consumption, and to preserve the wildlife around us. Opting for a more natural way to free the scalp of flaky skin is as easy as knowing the ingredients causing harm and going without them. You should even try using age old remedies to balance the pH of the scalp like lemon juice to the scalp, yogurt or even cutting foods like sugar from your diet.

Consult your primary care physician or chiropractor for any medical related advice.



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