Hair and Scalp Care
Our hair care products use a special formula not found in any other brand. It took over a year of testing it on our guinea pigs ( friends and family!) before we got it to work as we wanted.
We wanted to make products safe enough to drink (in moderation!), use natural ingredients proven to improve the condition of the hair, and lastly take care of the scalp without the traditional chemicals. Some of our customers said they "felt like pulling their hair out" after washing their hair with other shampoos. Our shampoo and conditioner is for them.
We used the safe alternatives to the traditional scalp care shampoos. We DON'T use the pesticide active "Pyrithione Zinc" used in most scalp care shampoos. If you know anyone using shampoo with the ingredient Pyrithione Zinc, suggest they do some research on its toxicity. The US Environmental Protection Agency is even reviewing its risk noting the following:
"Areas of concern include potential dermal and inhalation exposure risks during residential application of antifoulant boat paints which contain zinc pyrithione as an in-can preservative. Another concern involves potential occupational dermal and inhalation exposure risks to those who regularly work with the chemical." For the full report click here.
A Pyrithone Zinc Anti-Fouling Boat Paint product was also denied approval by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation because of its toxicity to workers and the environment. Full report here.
How it Works
Our main cleanser, Capric Glucoside, is made by combining glucose with a fatty alcohol. This cleanser was originally developed for baby wipes. It has virtually the same irritancy as water, and is safer in the body then coffee, salt, baking soda or aspirin, according to LD>50 tests. Unfortunately it does not taste too good.
Capric Glucoside belongs to the first group of foaming ingredients to be given a favorable Class 1 rating in the German Water Hazard Classification. They have very low fish and algae toxicity and break down quickly to their natural elements, even without sunlight.
Source: Ecological Evaluation of Polyglycosides. Josef Steber, Walter Guhl, Norbert Stelter and Frank Schroder.
For those with longer oily hair: Our shampoo uses mild cleansers that are gentle on the scalp as well as the hair. Although they are quite effective cleansers, natural cleansers do struggle to cope with lots of hair oil. If you have oily long hair, you may need to wash the hair twice.