Conditioner is a Scam Perpetuated by Oil-Stripping Shampoos

January 17, 2017 at 4:56 pm

Almost all shampoos strip the natural oils from your hair, which keep it stronger, shinier and healthier than the most expensive conditioners on the market, for free.

It’s almost impossible to find shampoo and conditioner without a long list of synthetic chemical ingredients. Even the most natural brands have replaced cancer-causing preservatives like parabens with phenoxyethanol, which isn’t much better.

But one of the worst ingredients, found in even the most “organic” brands, is alcohol, which totally strips the protective natural oils from your hair, causing your scalp to go into overdrive producing more oil to heal it.

This creates a vicious cycle of strip/condition, strip/condition, leaving the consumer with ever more damaged and thinning hair.

See how the industry sells us one product to solve the problems another one of their products creates?

The lack of non-damaging shampoo options had me whipping up apple cider vinegar and baking soda for a while,  but that left my hair dry, dull, tangled and smelling bad. I tried the no-poo thing too, but sometimes my hair was actually grimy and just needed a wash.

So I remained trapped in the vicious cycle of stripping my hair of its perfectly balanced natural oils and replacing them with expensive conditioner that didn’t quite do the trick, and waking up with oily, matted roots and dry, damaged ends a day or two later.

Until one day I noticed this cute little “shampoo bar” at Whole Foods:

The results were more than I had hoped for.

1. No Plastic. Less Money.

Not only did I spare the landfills two more plastic bottles, I spent a quarter of what I normally spend on shampoo and conditioner. This is because the shampoo itself is cheaper, and – because it doesn’t strip the natural oils out of your hair – it doesn’t require you to buy conditioner.

2. Pure ingredients.

The ingredient list includes olive oil, castor oil, sunflower oil, palm oil and rose oil. That’s it. Because it’s not liquid, no preservatives necessary.


3. Healthy, beautiful hair.

My hair has never felt so clean and healthy. A little more than a year of use, I have zero split or damaged ends. Each of my previously thin and frayed strands is now smooth and strong.

My hair feels totally clean, shiny and bouncy for days without washing. There is none of the detergent residue that used to leave my hair lackluster.

It’s the perfect combination of cleaning the grime without stripping the oils… It actually feels like it does a great job bringing the oil from the roots down to the tips.

I’ve tried one other brand, which was OK, but I didn’t like it as well as the J.R. Liggett’s brand: