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Everyday Cheapskate: The Costly Mistakes You Make with Your Choice of Shampoo

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Hair is dead and cannot be repaired. Any hair product can only provide temporary benefits for the look and feel of hair.

NO TEARS

Myth: Baby shampoo (no-tears shampoo) is great for adults because it is so gentle.

The detergent in baby shampoo is way too gentle and not designed for cleaning adult hair, especially when a lot of styling products have been used.

HERE'S THE SECRET

The secret to shampoo intelligence is to know your detergents. Pay little, if any, attention to anything on that bottle or packaging except for the list of ingredients. Water (or some fancy name for good old H2O) will always be the first ingredient. Next comes the detergent. The following are examples you might find:

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--Ammonium lauryl sulfate -- very harsh

--Ammonium laureth sulfate -- harsh

--Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) -- still harsh

--Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) -- mild, great choice

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