Scrutinizing the ingredients of a shampoo can be a hair raising experience. The reason that hair care products are so often full of nasties is that regulations are laxer for "rinse off" products. To me that's really saying that something is safe only once you've gotten rid of it. Like bed bugs. So I was pleased to come across Suki's Daily Revitalizing Shampoo ($27). I didn't even know that Suki, maker of one of my favorite products - Lemongrass Exfoliating Cleanser
- had a hair care line.
Suki's shampoo features yerba, surely a botanical du jour
. A large sample of in vivo and in vitro research has made it one of the cosmetic industry's latest go to ingredients. Independent studies have discovered that yerba maté
contains higher levels of antioxidants than both green tea and red wine; and, based on cellular studies, discovered a correlation between yerba maté’s polyphenol content, antioxidant capacity, and its ability to protect DNA from double-strand breaks that may help prevent certain cancers. South American folklore has it that it will turn gray hair back to its original color.
Shampoos designed for daily use are a bit tricky to pull off. They are either too mild to do very much or run the risk of drying out the hair. Suki uses gentle but effective coconut surfacants and has added in gluconolactone
, hyaluronic acid and babassu (much like coconut oil) to help with moisture retention.
I like the inclusion of neem extract, a natural preservative and strengthener of keratin. It also has horsetail (one of the ingredients in my loved Earthly Delight
Tropical Rain shampoo). The stems of this plant (also called bottle brush) are rich (10%) in silica and silicic acids, which help mend broken bones and form collagen, an important protein found in connective tissue, skin, bone, cartilage, and ligaments. They also contain potassium and calcium. We know that calcium is essential for healthy hair, but (and I may be adding two and two and making five here) I also found out that hair growth products like Minoxidil may work by opening potassium channels in cell membranes.
Again like Earthy Delight, Suki has included rosemary and nettle extracts. Hmm, I'm going to have try this out and see how they compare in the shower.
Organic rose infusion (rosa centifolia & aqua), decyl glucoside (decylglucoside), sodium lauroamphoacetate, sodium myristoyl glutamate, organic yerba protein (ilex paraguariensis), organic jojoba seed oil (simmondsia chinensis), organic lavender extract (lavandula angustifolia), gluconolactone, organic babassu palm fruit (babassuamidopropyl betaine), hyaluronic acid, linoleic acid, organic neem extract (melia azadricachta), 100% natural non-gmo vitamin e (mixed tocopherols), organic nettle (urtica dioica), rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis) & horsetail (equisetum arvense) extracts, sorbitol, hydrolyzed rice protein, willow extract (salix alba), aroma (pure premium steam distilled essential oil), honeysuckle flower extract (lonicera caprifolium