Confessions from a Personal Trainer: I only wash my hair (maybe) 3x per week

Where every Tuesday – I confess. 

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Confession: I only wash my hair (maybe) 3x/week. Gone are the days where I wash it every day or even every time I take a shower.

Disclaimer – I wear my hair up in a ponytail basically every day and often with a headband, so I do not have the need to style it. But bear with me here while I talk about why I stopped washing it so much.

Besides school supply shopping (the folders, the notebooks, the pens, ahhh!!!!)  the beauty aisles at Wal-Mart were one of my favorite places to shop. All the different scented shampoos, conditioners, body wash, and don’t forget the Bonnie Bell lip gloss.

And of course I put all my lip gloss, hair stuff, and jewelry in my treasured Caboodle.

But ever since I started changing my diet, I also started looking at other ways to get rid of chemicals (especially the ones that go on my body). Your skin is your biggest organ and what you put on it matters.

For my hair I simply started washing it less but was still using my basic, cheap Target shampoo. Then eventually I started reading labels and wanted something without phalates.

This next paragraph  is taken from the CDC website.
Phthalates are a group of chemicals used to make plastics more flexible and harder to break. They are often called plasticizers. Some phthalates are used as solvents (dissolving agents) for other materials. They are used in hundreds of products, such as vinyl flooring, adhesives, detergents, lubricating oils, automotive plastics, plastic clothes (raincoats), and personal-care products (soaps, shampoos, hair sprays, and nail polishes). 

Phthalates are used widely in polyvinyl chloride plastics, which are used to make products such as plastic packaging film and sheets, garden hoses, inflatable toys, blood-storage containers, medical tubing, and some children’s toys.

I’m pretty sure that I don’t want to put something on my body that is also used for vinyl flooring, toys, adhesives and so much more.

I encourage you to do some research in your bathroom and beauty cabinets. It is easy to swap out your body wash for a bar of goats milk soap and to search the aisle at Target or Wal-Mart for a shampoo that does not have phalates.

We have to not only think about what we are putting in our bodies but also what we are putting on our bodies.

How to avoid it? A good place to start is to avoid plastic food containers, children’s toys (some phthalates are already banned in kid’s products), and plastic wrap made from PVC, which has the recycling label #3. Some personal care products also contain phthalates, so read the labels and avoid products that simply list added “fragrance,” since this catch-all term sometimes means hidden phthalates. Find phthalate-free personal care products with EWG’s Skin Deep Database:

I challenge you to replace one of your beauty items this week with a more natural alternative just like I challenged you in this video to find some of the foods high in sugar in your house and replace with one lower in sugar.

Missed the video – check it out here.

More follow up videos to come this week.

Have a great week!



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