Like most people, as soon as I see a little sunshine, it gets me thinking about summer holidays and of course, getting myself ready for the beach.
No, I’m not talking silk kaftans and the ‘perfect’ beach bag, I’m thinking more about getting my body, skin and hair in tip top condition so I can wear my summer clothes with a little extra confidence.
Therefore, continuing my quest for all natural skincare and beauty products, this week I’ve turned my attention to haircare.
As I’ve already covered in previous articles, one of the most common nasties found in many off-the-shelf shampoos is Sodium Lauryl Sulfhate (SLS).
Sodium Lauryl Sulfhate (SLS)
Sodium lauryl sulfates (SLS) and its close relative Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), is the ingredient added to create a rich foamy, lather that we all associate with a ‘good’ shampoo. However, what many people don’t realize is that SLS is the same ingredient used to degrease engines and clean floors!
Of course, the strength of SLS in shampoos is in much lower quantities than when used industrially, however even at lower concentrations, a known eye and scalp irritant, SLS can cause the swelling of hands, face and arms, plus there is also evidence from Chemical Safe Skincare advocacy group to suggest it is an endocrine inhibitor and may increase the risk for cancer and liver disease.
One shampoo that has no SLS added or indeed any other chemical additives, is Weleda’s new all-natural range.
NATRUE-certified Weleda’s new range uses only natural plant-based cleansing agents that are kind to the skin and the environment. Replacing SLS with Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, made from coconut oil and plant sugars, Weleda’s soft lather cleanses the hair without irritating the scalp.
Also containing biodegradable surfactant Disodium Coco-Glucoside Citrate (an ingredient which enables spreadability) made from ‘fatty’ alcohol from vegetable oils, Weleda shampoos cleanse but do not strip the natural oils from the hair and scalp.
Trialling their range of shampoos, I certainly noticed a difference in how their products were to use and how they left my hair feeling, when compared to my usual haircare products.
After decades of being used to a rich, foamy shampooing experience, it was very noticeable how much less Weleda’s products lathered.
At first I found the shampoo a little difficult to ‘work in’ so subsequently, to achieve a ‘normal lather’, I used more shampoo than was necessary.
However, after a couple of uses, it soon became apparent that the copious amount of bubbles I was used to was not needed to cleanse my hair effectively, in fact, washing my hair with less lather meant rinsing was quicker and used less water.
Another noticeable difference was the scent. Again, being used to highly floral and fruit scented shampoos, Weleda’s Cereal essential oils scented range had a more subtle, natural medicinal fragrance.
The most noticeable and pleasant difference I found with Weleda’s shampoo, in comparison to my usual buys, was that Weleda’s left my hair feeling much fuller and more manageable.
Having fine hair usual shampoos and conditioners can weigh down my hair, but as Weleda’s all-natural haircare products contain no synthetic ingredients, my hair felt lighter, voluminous and healthier.
A little more expensive than some supermarket shampoos, Weleda’s haircare range certainly has the thumbs up from me. It takes a little getting use to, but the benefits to my hair, health and of course, the environment make it the go-to product for those looking for a genuinely natural haircare product.
The products I reviewed where:
Millet Nourishing Shampoo – for normal hair rrp £8.95 190ml
Gently cleanses and maintains natural shine and resilience.
Oat Replenishing Shampoo – for dry & damaged hair rrp £8.95 190ml
Smoothes the surface of the hair and reduces breakage
Weleda’s new all natural haircare range is available from natural health stores and their online store www.weleda.co.uk