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Thanks for tuning in to Twelve Minute Health Bits. This is your host, Christen Hull, providing health and wellness support for the 21st century. We will be talking about using simple methods from today and centuries ago to keep our bodies healthy. Our goal is to daily stay “Above the Wellness Line.” In this podcast I will be giving you tips and tricks on how to daily make small changes to your life in order to keep your body well. 

Episode 39 - The Hidden Dangers of Shampoo 

Super excited to talk about hair! I want to share with you a little about my journey with my hair when I moved to living holistically. I started to learn about ingredients and which could hurt and harm our bodies but I just was not sure if I was ready to give up my hair and the chemicals I used to make my hair what I thought was great. But then I realized those chemicals are leaching into my body, into my kids’ bodies, and I did not want that anymore. So if I was really going to live this holistic lifestyle, I needed to clean up my hair products as well.

15 Most Dangerous Chemicals. I learned about the 15 most dangerous chemicals and could not go back.

  • Sulfates which can cause frizzy hair, are hormone disruptors, and can hurt the environment. Look for the words like SLS or sodium lauryl sulfate that is how it is labeled on products.

  • Parabens. Another harmful chemical is parabens. They mimic hormone estrogen and have been linked to breast cancer are labeled as butyl, propyl, and ether anything with words starting with those prefixes are parabens. 

  • Polyethylene glycol is a derivative of petroleum and is used in the gas industry. It is also a thickening agent so many people thought it was great to put in shampoo and other personal care products. It can damage the scalp long term. Some ways it is labeled is 100, 120, 14M, 30, 3275, and so on. 

  • Phthalates are used in hair care products to increase spreadability of the product. They make the perfume and synthetic fragrances stick to your scalp and hair. They are also endocrine disruptors, meaning they can cause early puberty in girls and reduce sperm count in men.

  • Formaldehyde is used as a preservative, you will see it labeled on the products as bronopol imidazolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantoin, coratin 15, or diazolidinyl urea. 

  • Triclosan is an antibacterial and antifungal agent added to reduce or prevent bacterial contamination. It is known as a hormone disruptor as well and can cause weight gain and lead to infertility. 

  • Dimethicone is a type of silicone added to haircare products and acts like a protective layer to the hair shaft but it builds up residue on your scalp, prevents moisture from entering the hair, and clogs the pores. 

  • Retinyl palmitate can cause skin itching, redness, scaling, and peeling, and may also cause cancer, thus carcinogenic. It is added to shampoo, sunscreens, and other anti-aging products.

  • Alcohol is used in hair care and can make your hair extremely dry, it is used as a thickener in shampoo, and can cause brittleness in hair.

  • Fragrances. Many companies list fragrances as just the word “fragrance.” You need to be smarter than this false advertising! Most brands are smart enough not to not reveal the exact ingredients and put them in one category. Fragrance parfum are highly synthetic and made with a variety of toxic chemicals. How else can you make apple pie shampoo? But, in a lab they do not add natural flowers and fruits. But Young Living does, they do add the essential oils and are very carefully grown and distilled and added to their products.

  • Colors. We love to see pretty looking colors in our shampoo but these ingredients are derived from coal, tar, or patrolym. You can identify synthetic colors on the labels by the terms FD&C or DNC. 

  • Toluene is a petrochemical solvent used in most hair dyes. It is found naturally in crude oil. This chemical is also used in gasoline and paint thinner. It can hamper your immune system and cause birth defects. It can cause headaches and dizziness short term, but it can leave permanent effects on your central nervous system. It is labeled as benzene or phenyl methane, toluol and methylbenzene.

  • Risorius cal is a common crystalline ingredient in your hair dyes and bleaching agents. It can cause functional disabilities in the immune system and thyroid disruption.

  • Selenium sulfide is a proven carcinogen, cancer causing compound, which means there is no safe exposure to this chemical. In fact, lab tests on mice showed development of tumors. It can also cause damage to the liver and kidneys. It is commonly found in anti-dandruff shampoos as an anti-infective medication. 

  • Quaternium 15 is a formaldehyde releaser, it is a surfactant and preservative used in shampoos and conditioners. It is an ammonium salt, is harmful as a skin toxicant and allergan. It has caused reproductive toxicity in animals during testing. Formaldehyde is carcinogenic, there is the potential link to cancer. 

Critical Mission

So, we are on a mission, it is critical that you swap out your personal care products. The number one poison in your family home is actually laundry soap. Because you are poisoned in three ways. Topical exposure with the clothing touching your skin. Outgassing as you are washing in your home, and outgassing as the clothes sit in your closet all night and you breathe in the toxic fumes. 

The number two poison is personal care products. A third of the ingredients on the top 15 most dangerous chemicals list may cause cancer or hormone disruptions. One in three men and one in five women will have cancer by the age of 50. But listen to this! The American Cancer Society says only five percent are genetic. That means five percent of cancer cases are genetic. That means we have to get to a point where we stop saying everything is going to kill me and we start reading labels with a discerning eye. I know those people that say everything is going to kill me, something is going to kill me. How about we take control and say, “I am not going to use those things that are going to kill me anymore.” Because it really is that important. If we just kind of blow off everything how do we really even care about our bodies and our temples that we have been given? So something as simple as snagging one shampoo over another could have a life changing repercussion for you and your family. 

If we take a closer look at the ingredients in the Young Living Shampoo, we find that we have coco glucoside which is a surfactant and cleanser derived from coconut. We have coco betaine which is a surfactant derived from coconut. We have all of these things that are derived from safe sources. I could go through all the ingredients but I am not going to in this podcast. If you want a list of all the ingredients I would be happy to send it to you, just send me a message. 

Shampoo Comparison

Let’s put these two shampoos side by side. We know that the cheaper shampoo includes all the ingredients already listed earlier are under five dollars. They can cause frizzy hair, disrupt your hormones, hurt the environment and have ingredients that can cause breast cancer, link to long term damage of the scalp, and endocrine disruption, and I could keep going, they can trigger asthma, lead to hair loss, hamper your immune system, cause birth defects and even lead to tumors. 

However, you have product number two. Young Living’s Copaiba Vanilla Moisturizing Shampoo, no known side effects after being used by millions of customers globally and is held to an organic standard. It contains water, coconut, palm kernel oil, non-GMO corn, ningXia wolfberry extract, and berries of the rowan tree. Just amazing ingredients derived from incredible sources. So, you look at the cost. Young Living’s shampoo is about 20 dollars. I take it on the chin for that. But when you are extracting seaweed, infused with essential oils and coconut, filling with enzymes and healthy algae and using products with ningXia wolfberry, loaded with antioxidants, it is hard to source and stock every single building block to make a shampoo that is powerful and safe. A bottle of Young Living’s shampoo lasts me a good six months, so that means three dollars a month. I can protect my endocrine system and cross 15 dangerous chemicals off the list that should not be in my house or on my body. 

A Better Way

That being said, Young Living’s shampoo is not diluted so it is very concentrated. So if you are used to using an entire palm full of your previous shampoo you would want to adapt to use just a small amount of Young Living’s shampoo. 

You made it past the hardest part of this podcast, the label reading. We are going to go into a few other things. Your hair may go through a detox if you switch over to Young Living’s shampoo because there is all that build up from all those chemicals. So be warned of that. I have some ideas for you, to help you strip your hair of those chemicals and I can give you those recipes as well.

When you wash your hair, you want to totally saturate your hair. You are going to add two teaspoons of shampoo to the palm of your hand. Most of us use way too much, and when you use Young Living’s you can use even less. Rub it between your hands and lather it. There are no cancer causing foaming agents so you are not going to get lots of foam. You will have fewer suds but that is okay, you do not want that foam even though we tend to like that foam and have gotten used to that foam as a society. Apply the shampoo to your scalp, massage it until after your head is sudsy, and work it in. Pay most attention to your scalp. The cleansing agents work right away so you can rinse right away. I do add some oils to my Young Living shampoo just because I like to have just a little bit more of Rosemary which helps with any type of yeasty stuff that might be on your head. You can add Cedarwood or Lavender and just put it right in the bottle, shake the bottle up, and it is good to go. Now there are a couple of other options. I do have a DIY for you today called “Mermaid Hair Serum.” 

One of my favorite recipes lately has been this DIY scalp treatment. Every once and a while I suffer from dandruff that is annoying. I think it is from all the years of toxic chemicals that I poured on my head. But, we are working on that and will keep working on that until it is gone. What I do that really seems to help is a large batch of this recipe. This helps to moisturize. The carrier oil that I use is Young Living's V-6 oil. I put this recipe on my scalp and let it sit for 20 minutes or even sleep on it and wash it out in the morning. My scalp is so moisturized and my scalp feels so great when I am done. You can shower and wash as normal. 


I know you were thinking, what was she going to talk about hair and the ingredients in our shampoo and why does it matter? I want to challenge you to create a DIY and work on getting products with those harmful synthetic chemicals out of your homes, bathrooms, and showers. Have confidence in what you are doing. Play with your oils, play with your hair, rest, and do it at a pace that you can handle. Some people need to do little bits at a time, other people want to clean out their entire home in one weekend. At any level it can be overwhelming, and I totally understand that. Whatever you decide, when we know better, we do better. 

We need to be aware and stop buying products that are harmful because that is the only way we are going to tell the people making them we do not want them any more. We really vote with our dollars when it comes to these products. 

I hope you enjoyed this episode, and these  ideas to make your hair beautiful and fabulous. 

Products Featured on Today’s Broadcast

   Visit www.twelve-stones.net to place an order

Essential Oils

  • Rosemary 

  • Lavender

  • Cedarwood 

  • Peppermint


  • Copaiba Vanilla Moisturizing Shampoo

  • Young Living’s V-6 Carrier Oil


Hey Friends.

Thank you for tuning in to this resource from Twelve Stones Health and Wellness with Christen Hull. If you have an idea for an upcoming episode, send it my way, I would be happy to explore the topic. If you are interested in more information on becoming a member of Young Living and receiving the benefits of synthetic chemical free living in your home, please talk to the person who shared this podcast with you or, visit my website at www.twelve-stones.net. If you find this resource helpful, I encourage you to enjoy and share this podcast. Please do not alter the content in any way or charge for this resource.


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