Can you use washing up liquid for your hair?

Written By Carine Mbembi Whyte.
Dear Reader,
The shampoo is made with surfactants such as sodium lauryl sulfate or sodium lauryl sulfoacetate. It has a better pH balance than washing up liquids, In order to be more gentle on your hair and it contains silicon as part of its fillers so that it's thicker and can coat your hair and wash your scalp without burning from the above ingredients.
Detergents and other liquid soaps such as washing up liquid, chemically speaking, are also surfactants composed of the salt of a fatty acid, typically lauric, palmitic or stearic acids and lye. It is strongly alkaline and remains very alkaline. It doesn’t contain any fillers and so it remains runny. The alkalinity of soap strips all the oil and dirt of any material it lands on, including skin, but without being diluted will leave your hair like straw swiftly followed by severe hair loss in the days following its use.

The above is the case with the generic formation of shampoo, however, products that are targeted at the black community for skin and hair are extremely high in alkaline, lye, Sodium lauryl sulfate and other forms of harsh chemicals. This is because historically we have been known to use heavy grease in our hair, and those who made our hair products for us deemed that this grease needed to be removed in the same fashion as if you were washing a pot, to devastating effects evident with the continued struggles we have with our hair and the health risks we take merely by using shampoo. (I’ve touched on this so many times).

Although with time and improvements in cosmetics manufacturing practices, shampoos marketed at us remain the post acidic, alcoholic, filled with sodiums (salt), and alkaline shampoos than any other demographic.
Shampoo was first brought to the market in the 1930s…. how did we wash our hair before that and why did the oils in our hair never bother us until we were fooled into stripping them off, then handed blended petrol (Petroleum jelly) to replace the goodness of nature? It’s because it was easier. It was cheap and it was a part of integration into western society, plus the feeling of acceptance in having products “tailor-made” for us.
The shampoo has been the catalyst of our hair care issues, which have further perpetuated an inferiority complex in us because it makes our hair problematic. The looser your curls the better able you are able to distribute your natural oils through your hair shaft, however, we can all agree that no matter what, the shampoo leaves our hair very brittle and dry. It goes further in destroying the skin on your scalp and starts to produce dandruff, then over time, it shrinks your follicles, until such time that they close, and stop producing hair.

We can also not ignore the fact that the way we adorn our hair in styling does weaken our follicles and with the influence of shampoo, they don’t stand a chance, often making alopecia and hair thinning prematurely an issue.
With AfroHairCandy we accept that turning fresh plants and oils into pastes for cleansing, treating and nurturing our hair is not easy, we accept that the ingredients have far to travel to get here, at a high cost, and we accept the long, laborious process of hand-making the products in order to not compromise on the quality is perhaps a stubborn method in achieving honesty in our cosmetics, but we do it anyway because we truly are worth it.
With our Cowash, our aim is simple: Washing your hair and your scalp safely, while getting rid of the dirt, conditioning your hair with rich plants and offering your scalp healing from the routine manipulation we allow it to endure, protecting your natural oils and giving your hair moisture, even though the cleansing process. All while remaining 100 Chemical Free, made with just Plants, Seeds and Oils.

It's so mild a new-born baby can use it, and your hair will thank you for it.

The pride of going back to our roots with AfroHairCandy means beauty without having to compromise, while we support and guide you through your journey and feed you with knowledge.
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TIP: If you have a pH paper or pH meter handy, just try measuring it for soaps, shampoos and other detergents. You’ll be amazed by the results.

Carine Mbembi Whyte.
AfroHairCandy CEO