The Powder of Nature.
Since the invention of salonsolids solid to liquid hair care in 2012 the goal has been to not only create water-less, water-soluble products to eliminate plastic waste, but to eliminate the unhealthy synthetic ingredients. Did you know that the sulfate substitutes that are in solid hair care products are not good for our eco-system or you? While they may be creating less plastic waste or are "less harmful" they're still polluting our environment. The use of sulfate substitutes and other synthetic ingredients in hair care products can have long-term effects on the environment and human health, so it's important to be mindful of the ingredients in these products and to seek out alternatives that are derived from natural sources. An example would be now popular in zero waste products is sulfate substitute sodium cocoyl isethionate, which is often made using a process called ethoxylation. Ethoxylation involves the addition of ethylene oxide to a fatty acid, such as coconut oil, to create a surfactant. The ethylene oxide reacts with the fatty acid to form a new molecule, which is then neutralized with a salt, such as sodium hydroxide, to create sodium cocoyl isethionate.
While ethoxylation can be an effective way to create surfactants, it can also result in the formation of by-products, such as 1,4-dioxane, which is a known carcinogen. Additionally, ethylene oxide is a hazardous chemical that can be harmful to human health and the environment.
It is important to consider the entire life cycle of the product, from production to disposal.
The use of natural ingredients, selected with sustainability in mind can help to reduce the negative impact of hair care products on the environment and human health. It is important to consider the entire life cycle of the product, from production to disposal. By incorporating ancient methods of cleansing and using surfactants and plant extracts from nature, it is possible to create products that are both effective and environmentally friendly. This shift towards more sustainable and eco-friendly products is an important step in protecting the health of both our bodies and the planet.
We've drifted from nature and need to recognize her power to heal while we still can.