07-25-2008, 09:07 PM
Look at your shampoo bottle, does it have sodium laurel sulfate? If it does then look for another shampoo. I'm not saying that your hair will grow back if you change your shampoo, but at least you've eliminated once source of hair loss.
Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)– Found in car washes, engine degreasers, garage floor cleaners… and in over 90% of personal care products! SLS breaks down the skin’s moisture barrier, easily penetrates the skin, and allows other chemicals to easily penetrate. Combined with other chemicals, SLS becomes a “nitrosamine”, a potent class of carcinogen. It can also cause hair loss. SLES is sometimes disguised with the labeling “comes from coconut” or “coconut-derived”.
Sodium lauryl sulfate a high volume synthetic chemical used in consumer products and regulated as a pesticide. A suspected gastrointestinal or liver toxicant, sodium lauryl sulfate can be drying and harsh for the hair and cause eye irritation, allergic reactions, and hair loss. According to the National Toxicology Program, it has shown moderate reproductive effects in experiments. It has not been tested for neurotoxicity.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate are irritants at concentrations of 2% and greater. Irritation increases with the concentration of the ingredient. In some cosmetic formulations, however, the irritant properties of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate are attenuated. The longer these ingredients stay in contact with the skin, the greater the likelihood of irritation, which may or may not be evident to the user.
Although Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is not carcinogenic, it has been shown to causes severe epidermal changes to the area of skin to which it was applied. Other studies found heavy deposition of the detergent on the skin surface and in the hair follicles; damage to the hair follicle could result from such deposition. Further, it has been reported that 1% and 5% Sodium Lauryl Sulfate produced significant number of comedones. These two problems—possible hair loss and comedone formation—along with proven irritancy, should be considered in the formulation of cosmetic products containing these ingredients.
Alternative names for SLS
AI3 – 00356, Akyposal SDS, Aquarex ME, Aquarex methyl, Avirol 101, Avirol 118 conc, Berol 452, Carsonol SLS, Carsonol SLS Paste B, Carsonol SLS Special, Conco sulfate WA, Conco sulfate WA – 1200, Conco sulfate WA – 1245, Conco Sulfate WAG, Conco Sulfate WAN, Conco Sulfate WAS, Conco sulfate WN, CP 75424, Cycloryl 21, Cycloryl 31, Cycloryl 580, Cycloryl 585N, Dehydag sulfate GL emulsion, Dehydag sulphate GL emulsion, Detergent 66, Dodecyl alcohol, hydrogen sulfate, sodium salt, Dodecyl sodium sul fate, Dodecyl sulfate sodium, n - Dodecyl sulfate sodium, Dodecyl sulfate, sodium salt, Dreft, Duponal, Duponal WAQE, Duponol, Duponol C, Duponol ME, Duponol methyl, Duponol QX, Duponol WA, Duponol WA Dry, Duponol WAQ, Duponol WAQA, Duponol WAQE, Duponol WAQM, EMAL O, EMAL 10, Emersal 6400, Empicol LPZ, Empicol LS 30, Empicol LX 28, Emulsifier No. 104, Finasol osr (sub 2), Gardinol, Hexamol SLS, Incronol SLS, Irium, Jordanol SL – 300, Lanette wax – S, Laurylsiran sodny (Czech), Lauryl sodium sulfate, Lauryl sulfate, sodium salt, Maprofix 563, Maprofix LK, Maprofix NEU, Maprofix WAC, Maprofix wac – LA, Melanol CL, Melanol CL 30, Monododecyl sodium sul fate, Monogen Y 100, Montopol LA paste, NCI - C50191, Neutrazyme, Nikkol SLS, Odoripon AL 95, Orvus WA paste, P and G emulsifier 104, Perlandrol L, Product No. 75, Product No. 161, Quolac EX – UB, Rewopol NLS 30, Richonol A, Richonol AF, Richonol C, SDS, Sinnopon LS 95, Sinnopon LS 100, Sintapon L, Sipex OP, Sipex SB, Sipex SD, Sipex SP, Sipex UB, Sipon LS, Sipon LS 100, Sipon LSB, Sipon PD, Sipon WD, SLS, Sodium dodecyl sulfate, Sodium n - dodecyl sulfate, Sodium dodecyl sulphate, Sodium lauryl sulfate, Sodium lauryl sulphate, Sodium monododecyl sulfate, Sodium monolauryl sulfate, Solsol needles, Standapol 112 conc, Standapol WA – AC, Standapol WAQ, Standapol WAQ Special, Standapol WAS 100, Steinapol NLS 90, Stepanol ME, Stepanol ME Dry, Stepanol ME Dry AW, Stepanol methyl, Stepanol methyl dry AW, Stepanol T 28, Stepanol WA, Stepanol WA – 100, Stepanol WAC, Stepanol WA paste, Stepanol WAQ, Sterling WA paste, Sterling WAQ – CH, Sterling waq – cosmetic, Sulfetal L 95, Sulfopon WA 1, Sulfopon WA 2, Sulfopon WA 3, Sulfopon WA 1 special, Sulfotex WA, Sulfotex WALA, Swascol 3L, Swascol 4L, Swascol 1P, Syntapon, Syntapon L, Syntapon L pasta (Czech), Tarapon K 12, Texapon DL conc., Texapon K12, Texapon K – 1296, Texapon L 100, Texapon V HC, Texapon V HC powder, Texapon ZHC, Texapon Z high conc. Needles, Trepenol WA, TVM 474, Ultra sulfate SL – 1, WAQE, Witcolate A, Witcolate A powder, Witcolate C.
07-26-2008, 02:44 AM
I don't know if you want to do this but stop using shampoo. It has worked for many people. - me included! My hair is so much better after stopping it.
This would work out well for you too since you are short on money - I can't believe all the money I save. You will have a gross period for a week or two but it will even out and all of the natural wonderful oils that your scalp produces will help protect, strengthen and condition your hair. :) Do can also use a dab of coconut oil for extra conditioning. Just rinse your hair really well with water for your "shampooing" and you should be able to keep the excess oil at bay. (you want to keep some of the oil in your hair because it protects the hair).
My guess is that stress is the main cause of your hair loss obviously. Even though you are getting over it - it will take a while for your hair to recover. So, be patient and give it a chance. Just keep eating foods that are good for your hair. Hemps seeds are are excellent one - they have lots of the important hair nutrients in them. (use the money you save on shampoo and conditioner to buy them!)
Here is a starter list to help you out.
Sulfur – MSM, onions, radishes, hemp seeds, Aloe Vera (has MSM)
Silicon – cucumber skins, nettles (good to use on your scalp and hair in juice form too – I have use this and it makes the hair really strong)
Vitamin A – Arugala, carrots, Papaya (you need the vitamin A combined with the sulfur and silicon for good hair)
Zinc – Coconuts, coconut oils, nuts, pumpkin seeds
Vitamin C – Papaya, lemons, oranges (MSM needs Vitamin C to work its best)
Iron and Manganese – Onions, Spinach, Sea veggies
Protein – Hemp Seeds (hair is 97% protein and the rest is other things esp. MSM)
Selenium – Macadamia nuts, Brazil nuts
Vitamin E – Olives, olive oil, watercress
Another thing I highly recommend you start doing is scalp massages, these will help get the blood flow going in your scalp and ease tension their caused by stress. A too tense scalp can cut off the blood flow to the follicles resulting in hair loss. Scalp massages can really help your hair start growing in thicker and better. Exercise that get the blood rushing to your scalp will help too.
I don't know how long your hair is but if it is really is that bad of shape (breaking off etc), you might want to consider just starting over with a cute shorter cut. That way you get rid of the old fragile stuff and can start afresh growing in healthier strong newer stuff. Fragile hair that is damage will just keep breaking off and cause more hair loss.
Good luck to you! I would be happy to answer any questions you have. :)
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