It’s always nice to feel clean. Stepping out the shower is a refreshing moment for body, mind, and soul. Getting clean, though, can be quite the journey.
Every day, we’re exposed to a long list of chemicals from all sorts of sources, including the stuff we put in our hair.
In a world where we’ve become more and more aware of what we put into our bodies, it’s really no surprise that we’ve grown just as aware of what we put on our bodies, or specifically our heads, too.
Here at Soapbox, we refuse to add anything to our shampoos that could be harmful to your tresses.
We use ingredients designed to lock in moisture, nourish your scalp, and give you the shine and bounce you deserve.
Here’s a look at some of the ingredients that go into our range of shampoos.
Panthenol is probably one of the better-know shampoo ingredients, and it’s an important one at that. What is it? Well, panthenol is a form of vitamin B5.
Think of it as the all-important moisturizer in your hair care regimen. It offers an excellent selection of benefits, too, like hydration, conditioning, detangling, and it works as a glossifier. All of these benefits work together to add thickness to your tresses.
Cocamidopropyl betaine is a molecule that is derived from our all-time favorite, coconut oil. It’s a gentler version of other chemicals and works as a mild cleansing agent complete with conditioning properties. Best of all, this ingredient works to simultaneously cleanse and soften your hair.
While citric acid is a relatively inexpensive ingredient for shampoos, it is extremely effective when it comes to adjusting the pH level of shampoo. Low pH matters for the skin, but they count for hair, too. The conditioning agents in shampoos work well under acidic conditions, in other words, a low-pH environment.
You’ve likely heard of this one, especially since it’s really sea salt! Sodium chloride in shampoo is used to regulate the consistency of the product. The same way some things just dissolve better in salt water, sodium chloride has the same sort of emulsifying effect.
We know this one’s a mouthful to say, and it’s actually the short form of “copolymer of acrylamide and diallyldimethylammonium chloride.” To put it simply, this polymer is used to help your hair lie flat. In other words, it’s a nontoxic antistatic agent that works to help your locks hold their style.
Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate
This ingredient is an anionic surfactant. It’s commonly found not only in hair care products but also bath and shower cleansers. What it is, is a mixture of long-chain sulfonate slates that are prepared by sulfonation of C14-C16 alpha olefins. Derived from coconut, this ingredient is an exceptional foaming agent.
It may sound like a scary mouthful, but it’s completely safe for personal care products and mixes really well with water (also found in our shampoos) to remove oils, pollutants, and dirt so they can easily be rinsed away.
This is one ingredient with a wide range of uses, especially when it comes to shampoos. It’s designed to act as a foaming agent, an antistatic agent, a thickener, and a conditioner. It’s a mild surfactant that gently cleans your hair and scalp, helping deliver all the other ingredients in the shampoo.
Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate
Don’t worry about getting your tongue around this one. What’s important is that it works to de-grease your hair while also acting as a foaming agent and emulsifier.
This is an organic ingredient as it’s a molecule based on carbon-carbon bonds. However, it’s unlike other chemicals. It’s completely safe for you and since the molecules are larger, they cannot penetrate your skin in the way other types of surfactants can.
Overall, this one is extremely gentle on the skin and suitable for sensitive scalps, particularly.
Butyrospermum Parkii – Shea Butter
This gorgeous shea butter ingredient acts as a conditioning ingredient and also as a thickener. Its function in hair care is two-fold. First, it helps lock in moisture and lessens the loss of water. It does this by forming a barrier on your scalp’s surface. Second, it works to reduce the appearance of dry flakes and any rough patches on your scalp.
Treat Your Tresses
These are just some of the important ingredients that go into our shampoos. Our hair care range is designed to seal in moisture and leave you with soft, luscious locks using all the right ingredients that are safe for your scalp and your hair.
See our full range of hair care products today at Soapbox.
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