Miscellaneous Shampoo: Get to Know the 5 Common Shampoo Ingredients

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta -The problem of falls and dandruff on the hair is a problem that never ends and one of the causes is precisely the use shampoo which applies daily.

Therefore, people often swap their shampoos to get rid of this problem. But do you know the ingredients and substances of shampoo?

Quoting MD’s webpage, different types of shampoo contain different ingredients and promise different results. Some shampoos claim to make hair shine, keep hair hydrated, break down dirt, and clean hair.

Read also: What is dry shampoo or dry shampoo and its benefits?

Most shampoos contain around 10-30 different ingredients. Launched from Healthline, all shampoos should contain cleansing ingredients to cleanse the scalp of oil, dirt, sebum buildup and odor. These ingredients work by removing dirt from the scalp which is then washed away with water.

Ingredients and substances in shampoo

1. Shipping agent

The main job of these ingredients is to help the active ingredients in the shampoo work. One of the most commonly used mediums is aqua, which contains only water. In other shampoos, manufacturers add alcohol as a carrier instead of or in addition to water.

2. Thickener

Shampoos contain thickeners derived from chemicals such as glycol distearate. This ingredient helps increase the flow rate of the shampoo. Commonly used shampoo thickeners are stearic acid, gelatin, xanthan gum, carnauba wax, stearyl alcohol, and cetyl alcohol.

3. Surfactant

Surfactants are the ingredients that make shampoo such an effective cleanser. It is a material that can produce foam. Materials used as surfactants are ammonium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, ammonium laureth sulfate and sodium trideset sulfate.

4. Conservatives

Preservatives prevent mold from growing in the shampoo. Mold is one of the health risks, especially if the product contains a lot of water as an ingredient. The most commonly used preservatives are sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate which are also used in foods

5. Emollient

These are ingredients that work to balance the effects of surfactants. Emollients help hair follicles retain moisture to prevent hair from becoming brittle. Emollients also lubricate hair strands to stop friction damage. Emollients can be obtained from aloe vera, vegetable oil and mineral oil.

Thus the 5 main ingredients and substances that are usually found in shampoo.


Read also: Dry shampoo withdrawn in America and Canada, what is benzene?

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