As parents, you want to protect your children and keep them safe and healthy. One way most parents care for their children is consistently bathing them. You are faced with many tough decisions about what to use on your child’s hair and body. There are mainstream products with artificial coloring and fragrances and then there are natural products with unclear labels. Thankfully, there are a few simple rules to follow when finding the best hair products for your children.
A surfactant is the chemical in shampoo that pulls the dirt and oil away from the scalp and hair and washes it down the drain. Commercial products use Polythylene-based surfactants. While these surfactants are effective, it has been linked to endocrine problems in babies. Some popular natural surfactants include sodium cocoate, which is a coconut-based surfactant.
Many companies like to make strong-scented products for children. The problem is that each company’s scent is a trade secret and the manufacturer is not required to reveal the ingredients of that scent, which often contain phthalates (known hormone disrupting chemicals). It’s alright to like fragrance but look for kid products that use essential oils as the fragrance instead. Essential oils are naturally extracted from plants and are actually used most often in expensive perfumes. Best of all, essential oil scents will smell nice longer.
While your children may enjoy hot pink or berry blue shampoo, the artificial colors used can actually be harmful to their health. Red 40 is the most common coloring agent used and it is under investigation as a possible carcinogen. If your kids insist on having colored shampoo, some natural products contain natural dyes from beets or flowers.
The age-old rule certainly applies when it comes to shampoo for your children, if you can’t pronounce the ingredients, then don’t buy it. This is especially true when you see as many as 30 different chemicals listed to create just one bottle of shampoo. Reading the label of the shampoo will ensure that you get the best hair products for your children without risking harmful chemicals.