Monday, September 14, 2009


“Huh? What on Earth is she talking about?” (I know that’s what you’re thinking.) If you read CG, then you’ll understand what I am referring to. If not, no, I am not talking about bodily functions. I am talking about ridding certain kinds of shampoos from your hair care diet. Poo, for our purposes, is classified as any shampoo, whatsoever, that contains sulfates. Stay Away From Poo At All Costs! :) (LOL….) Now seriously, you want to stay away from sulfates because they strip away needed oils from your scalp. These oils help provide moisture to the hair and combine with sweat to create the acid mantle. Overly disturbing the acid mantle is bad because it’s what helps to protect your scalp from the elements and harmful bacteria and fungi. (Protection is a good thing. We like that.) You can however, use shampoos made with very mild, gentle cleansing agents. These do not strip away all of the necessary oils, leaving the acid mantle better intact. Cocamidopropl Betaine,Coca Betaine, Disodium Cocamphodiacetate, and Sodium Cocogl Isethionate name a few of these milder cleansing agents. Beware, these milder cleansing agents don’t lather up as well as the sulfates do. This can be rather disturbing to some people who are hooked on bubbles. Don’t fret, your hair will be clean, although, there may be an adjustment period. (Give it a good month before you chuck the idea out the window.) Another concern that has been made is that you do not achieve the same squeaky clean feeling that you once experienced. My only retort to that, is, squeaky clean hair isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Squeaky clean, is an indication that you have stripped off too much of the acid mantle. The long and short of it is, stay away from poo, and don’t over do it with the milder shampoos. Start to do this and you will be well on your way to a poo free life.

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