Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Holy Cow! No Split Ends!!!

Somebody better give me a drumroll, because it's a big day for me. When I decided to go Paraben Free, I did it for my health, I never realized that it would end up helping my hair as well! I haven't had a trim in nearly 6 months and I don't have a single split end on my head.

Back story:
I have mid-back length red hair. In my pre-Paraben days I would use Aussie or Pantene products and still have to spray my hair with a silicone product in order to get a comb through the knots. It was terrible, so bad in fact, I cut off about a foot of it last year because I was tired of the split ends and rat's nest tangles.

Since then, I had my Paraben Purge and started using Jason's brand shampoo and conditioner. I changed over to Aloe 80 a couple months ago because it has even fewer ingredients. The difference since using more natural products has been astounding. I used to get little sore spots on my scalp, all the split ends, rat nests and flyaways. I have none of these now. My hair is naturally wavy and the curls have really picked up. My hair is very shiny. It actually looks shinier now than when I was using the silicone shining spray.

Sorry to the organic naysayers, you can't deny hard evidence. I have to laugh at myself now because I always believed Aussie was a 'natural' product. In comparing ingredients listings, the difference is obvious. Compare the ingredients for my old Aussie shampoo and my current Aloe 80:

Water ,
Sodium Laureth Sulfate , Sodium Lauryl Sulfate , PPG-2 Hydroxyethylcoco/Isostearamide , Sodium Chloride , Citric Acid , Sodium Citrate , Fragrance , Sodium Benzoate , Tetrasodium EDTA , Polyquaternium-10 , Humulus Lupulus Extract Hops , Hedychium Coronarium Root Extract Australian Ginger Extract , Prunus Serotina Bark Extract Wild Cherry , Methylchloroisothiazolinone , Methylisothiazolinone , Sodium Xylenesulfonate , Red 4

certified organic aloe vera gel, sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate and aloe vera gel,cocamidopropyl betaine and aloe vera gel, cocamide MEA, glycerin, sodium chloride, Certified Organic AloeSorb, lemon (citrus medica limonum) peel oil, hydrolymethyglycinate, rosemary (rosmarinus officialis leaf) oil,sodium cocoyl apple amino acids, terasodium EDTA, potassium Sorbate, DL pantheol (vitamin B5), L-Lysine HCI, Retinyl Palmitate (vitamin A) Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E).


  1. Wow - that's fantastic! When your hair is behaving it makes you feel so much better :)

    I'm Australian and I've never heard of this "Aussie" shampoo. Is it supposed to be from Australia or is it just a marketing gimmick, I wonder?

  2. Yes, even before I wanted to go paraben free, I was pretty much just using natural products on my hair... the "curly girl" method, using no sulfates or silicones (really bad for curly hair!), I pretty much just use Aubrey Organics now. (:

  3. You can find Paraben free creams, shampoos and conditioners at along with many other natural alternatives.

  4. do you think it might because you inadvertently went dimethicone free? there;s a good piece in this month's elle? bazaar? marie claire? i'll dig it up, anyway apparently dimethicone is really bad for your hair. pantene is loaded with it.

  5. I had actually tried going 'cone free several times over the years from advice on the long hair boards. Really didn't do anything for me except give my hair more tangles. I still had split ends. After learning about ingredients, Pantene is probably the last product I needed to be using!

  6. How does the Aloe shampoo work on colored hair? I switched to using sulfate free shampoos about 6 or 7 years ago now, and my hair is much happier for it. I accidentally used a shampoo with sulfates about a year ago, and my scalp freaked out and flaked all over the place! Never again!
    Currently I'm using Tigi's Super Star shampoo and conditioner (which is sulfate free) and it doesn't irritate my scalp and does ok with my hair coloring, but I only wash my hair twice a week.

  7. where can you buy the aloe shampoo?

  8. You can usually find the Aloe 80 at health food stores, but I buy it from Vita Cost because it is quite a bit cheaper.

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