So lately I've been having some major hair probs. Okay maybe not major, but I've been really trying to figure out a system to detox my locks and wean myself off of my typical daily wash. I don't know about ya'll, but if I go two days without washing, I basically can't go out in public. Am I being a little dramatic? Of course. But is it seriously frustrating to feel a bit greasy after skipping one shamp?
Not to mention, I'm an obsessive label checker and have been getting pretty tired of having to look up a majority of the components in my hair care products. It's the same deal with food. It's so so so so so important to know both what we're putting in and on our bodies.
Now you guys already know that I'm a huge fan of argan oil (read the post here), so I was pumped just to find a decent argan-infused line that doesn't break the bank. But when I saw that this line doesn't contain any sodium chloride, salt, dyes, sulfates, parabens OR gluten, it was almost too good.
And why the hell does this matter?
♥ Sodium Chloride/Salt: According to this source, sodium chloride is commonly used as thickener in hair products and can result in increased eye irritation, a dry/itchy scalp and hair loss. No thanks!
♥ Dyes: Can result in discoloration for color-treated locks.
♥ Sulfates: Sulfates are responsible for generating suds/foam. It feels pretty good to get all lathered up but, according to this source, these sulfates actually strip your hair of natural oils that are essential for healthy hair. So, if you don't mind skipping the suds, sulfate-free haircare is a great option to boost your health. Don't freak though, it's OK to use a shampoo that contains sulfates about every six washes for a deep clean, according to Into The Gloss contributor Emily Ferber.
♥ Parabens: According to this source, parabens have been widely used in cosmetic products to prevent bacteria growth since the 50s. They're cheap and effective, BUT were deemed xenoestrogens -- agents that mimic estrogen in the body -- in the 90s. While studies aren't conclusive, "estrogen disruption" has been linked to breast cancer and reproductive issues. Though there is no need to have an all-consuming concern for these chemicals, I always like to ditch the unnecessary additives when possible and cut out all reason for concern.
♥ Gluten: Gluten is the least of my qualms when it comes to cosmetics, but if there's no need for it, I say eliminate it. Gluten typically only becomes an issue in hair products when it's accidentally consumed by someone who is gluten sensitive. By no means do I only use only natural products (though I wish I this were true), but my absolute favorite finds are those that only contain a few ingredients -- all of which I can pronounce. So why not kick out this unnecessary component?
Another great thing about the Renpure Originals line is that it is not tested on animals. According to the bottle, it's actually tested on the Renpure family themselves. Love it! Oh and did I mention that it's only $5 per bottle? Talk about a steal.
So guys, you can bet that I'll be wandering aimlessly around Rite Aid more often after this find. I'm also super excited to try Renpure's other haircare lines, which include Almond Milk and Coconut Cream!
♥ For more drugstore beauty buys, check out the Boots No7 makeup review here ♥