Many of you have asked me if I will ever develop a shampoo. I believe many people deal with itchy burning scalp It’s on my list of goals, but shampoo is pretty complicated We like our hair to feel soft and silky. But itchy scalp and irritation can be a side effect of some shampoos.
And it’s frustrating.
Recently I found some pretty cool answers to this problem though. Every head is different, but if you are having frustration with itchy scalp it could be connected to your hair care products.
I figured out that two ingredients were the main cause of itchy scalp for me, one in my shampoo and one in the conditioner I was using. Let’s talk about the shampoo ingredient. (Watch for a future post on the other.)
Cocamidopropyl betaine is found in 90% of the shampoos I read labels for. Although Cocamidopropyl betaine is not considered potentially toxic or harmful, it is has been associated with irritation and allergic contact dermatitis. (Source) This may be due to the ingredient itself or to impurities present in it.
Whatever it is, I determined to find a shampoo without this ingredient. Not and easy task. I found two. The one I purchased was Infusium 23. There may be other ingredients that aren’t perfect, but this switch accomplished it’s task in eliminating the itchy burning scalp.
In less than a week my scalp is so much happier!
It makes me wonder why companies would choose to put this ingredient into a product that you are going to put on your skin. I was most surprised when I looked at one product that claimed to be a scalp therapy. I thought for sure it would not have this irritating ingredient and was completely shocked when it did.
So…for all of you who are waiting for my miraculous product for the hair, it may be awhile. But in the meantime, here is something to try. Look for a shampoo without cocomidopropyl betaine.
And share you experiences here. I’d love to hear them.