The Pros and Cons of Using Baby Shampoo

By Rayan Rao on March 12, 2012

All shampoos work the same way. Or do they?

Over the past years, I have used a number of different shampoos that I’ve thought would be healthiest for my hair. I’ve used a wide variety of brands and products, including Neutrogena, Head and Shoulders, Garnier Fructis, Flex, and Baby Shampoo.

I find all of these products to be effective in protecting the health of my hair, but more recently have been enjoying the use of baby shampoo. Although the use of baby shampoo has been shown to protect hair through its gentle formula, there have been other negative aspects that have been associated with baby shampoo as well.

Credits flickr/Andrea Pilotti

Credits flickr/Andrea Pilotti

Lets take a closer look at the pros and cons of baby shampoo.

There are several positive aspects of using baby shampoo, some of which include slowing down the balding or thinning of hair. I was with a friend at a hair salon, and overheard a hair salonist promoting the use of baby shampoo to protect hair.

The lady who was getting her hair cut was talking about how her hair was starting to thin, and how she was worried that she was going to start soon grow bald. The hair salonist told her to start to use baby shampoo, because of its gentleness on hair. After hearing her recommended this, I started using it as well, and started to feel an immediate impact.  My hair started to feel healthier after a couple of weeks of using it, and I haven’t stopped since.

However, according to a report published by The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, 2 potentially cancer causing chemicals called dioxane and quaternium have been found in Johnson’s Baby Shampoo, one of the worldwide manufacturers and leaders of baby products.

These chemicals release formaldehyde, which is a colorless liquid that is classified as a carcinogen. Although the short term effects of formaldehyde are known, the long term effects of exposure are still unknown. However, formaldehyde is considered a carcinogen, under consistent, long term exposure.

It is still not known if baby shampoo is potentially cancer causing in just young infants or in adults as well. Young babies are at greater risk and more sensitive to chemically rich shampoos and products in general. However, I don’t think this risk of being exposed to these cancer causing chemicals is as serious of a problem for adults, as they are much resilient to such chemicals then new born babies are.

To whoever may be looking for a new shampoo to use, I highly recommend using Johnson’s Baby Shampoo, unless you are recommending it for a baby. Not only does it work really smoothly with hair, it smells great as well.

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