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October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and it is close to our hearts for many reasons. When Kai-Jo began, part of it's ultimate goal was to help inform and educate our communities while offering economical alternatives to questionable products. We believe our businesses should work to empower and uplift communities. Healthy communities create healthy business and completes the circle. Unfortunately, we as Americans know little about how the chemicals found in many products, from food to cosmetics actually affect our health. The American Cancer Association says:
Because human studies of the long-term effects of most cosmetics (except, perhaps, hair dyes) don’t exist, there is little evidence to suggest that using cosmetics, or being exposed to the ingredients in cosmetics during normal use of these products, increases cancer risk. Still, because there are no long-term studies, little is known about the health effects of long term exposure to many ingredients in cosmetics. This means that we cannot claim that these products will not cause health problems in some people.
We don't support the approach of fear mongering, but we do believe the public has a right to be informed about the unkown saftey of consumer cosmetics. This being said, we understand that we still too have many questions about cancer and the more we understand it, the more we can do to stop it.
Which brings us the the other reason that Breast Cancer Awareness is deeply close to our hearts. We have a dear friend whose support and enthusiasm has is many ways kept us going on our journey with Kai-Jo. This beautiful woman's spirit and energy has uplifted us both as entrepreneur and as friends. Her involvement with our work has meant so much to us that we wish to give back as she now is in the physical, emotional and financial struggle that too often accompanies breast cancer.
Thanks for all you have done, we hope we can help give back! For Breast Cancer Awareness month, we will be donating 50% of our shampoo bar proceeds to the cause. Your support is greatly appreciated.
People everywhere, once again are revisiting the benefits of shampoo bars. Shampoo as we think of it today was largley the result of a desire to improve the lather in shampoo. This was one of the major pushes to create Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS), a chemical in many bath and body products from shampoo, to toothpaste, to sunscreen. Much debate has turned up over this chemical that has a way of slipping into many products, even those that suggest they are natural. Whether you agree with the dangerous allegations of SLS, the one indisputable fact is that SLS is anything but natural. In fact, around the same time SLS began to creep into our body care, conditioner became popular because our hair was being stripped of its natural oils from the harshness of our new and “improved” shampoos.
This is one of the beautiful benefits of shampoo bars. They are created with added moisturizer already in the bar so your hair is moisturized as it is cleaned. Many people find they no longer need conditioner once they switch.
Which brings us to the other great benefit of shampoo bars, money. Finding all natural shampoo can be difficult, not to mention expensive. With shampoo bars you are spending less to do more for your hair, plus you may stop buying conditioners all together.
Lather bar in your hand, or directly on the hair. You can also mix it with water (2 or 3 water to 1 soap is recommended).
Because often our water is slightly acid, some find a vinegar rinse is beneficial. MIx 1 part white vinegar or apple cider vinegar to 3 parts water and rinse. I recommend this step while transitioning to the all natural bar. The vinegar smell dissipated fairly quickly.
Also, keep in mind it takes time to see results when switching from any shampoo to another. That is because it take a few washes to remove residues left from the old shampoo in order for the new shampoo to fully function.
As always, good hair starts with good health. The best way to improve hair health is by drinking lots of water, and eating a balanced diet. Start from the inside first, then work from the outside.
For more information on shampoo bars,
check out NaturallyCurly’s write-up:
For more info on SLS, view this article.
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