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The Truth About Dirty Shampoos And How To Find A Good Shampoo

by Nandini S + India Sutra 09 Aug 2021

Who hasn’t seen this shampoo commercial? Model jumps into the shower using shampoo Ex, she lathers and lathers her hair, and then she rinses it and tops it off with a quick blow-dry. Cut to model smiling insanely with her large mane which is now bouncing and shining ridiculously just as the commercial ends… haven’t we seen them all!

The unfortunate reality is that most mainstream shampoos can be deceiving. They are loaded with nasty chemicals that do more harm than good. The majority of shampoos sold contain caustic detergent ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), sodium Laureth sulfate (SLES), Formaldehyde releasers, BHT, Microplastics, Synthetic fragrance and a host of other dirty ingredients.

Have you seen how much a synthetic shampoo lathers over a natural one that sometimes you need to struggle with? The reason is the absence of synthetic foaming agents.

Research has shown that these detergents have the potential to cause skin irritation. Further research points to the fact that they can also be a factor in premature graying and hair loss, and may even damage the hair follicles over time so that as the hair grows out of the scalp, it becomes more fine and wispy.

What you put on your body is as important as what you put in it, so why not make sure that what you’re using is good for you? Cleanly formulated shampoos are typically made with gentle ingredients that can be beneficial, nutritious and moisturizing for your hair and scalp.

Furthermore, have you wondered what happens to the dirty water which leaves your bathroom drain after you have showered? That water is called grey waste.. And typically the grey waste from your shower and the millions of others ends up contaminating our streams, rivers and oceans and these ingredients (as grey waste) are seriously toxic to marine life. Did you know that many of these ingredients are responsible for the world’s reef getting slowly bleached?

Now that’s a solid reason to switch!

And when you use a clean formulated shampoo, the grey waste from your shower drain is good enough to be used in your own garden! That’s a huge difference. So why not make the switch to cleaner. For a cleaner you and cleaner Earth.

Ok. Now that I know this, how can I find good, natural, clean shampoos?

Unfortunately with the growing trend and demand for natural, pure and organic products, there are many many false claims that many many brands across the globe do. And everyday people get green washed into thinking that the products they are using (daily) are good and safe.

The reality is far from this. 7 out of 10 products in our vanity contain dirty ingredients. And we don’t even know it. is the world’s first brand reader, a platform that checks any personal care brand you use to see if it is really that clean. All you need to do is type the brand name and hit bop.. that’s it. A clean or dirty score of the brand you use will be shown with details on the kind of ingredients it carries.

For instance, if you are curious about seeing Hair brand EX… all you need to do is type brand Ex (name), and voila the results will show. Your brand is scored from 0-5, in which 0 is terrible and 5 is Super.

Aren’t you curious to see how your brand fares? Zoobop’s mission is to empower you with information so you can better choices.

And what’s more, All brands that sell on the zoo market are strictly vetted with a zoobop score for you to shop clean.

To make everything easier, here is a list of my top picks for you to choose from.


1 SOULTREE licorice hair repair shampoo with strengthening bhringraj

Key takeaway: provides nourishment without any harsh chemicals, prevents premature greying, moisturizes, nourishes and strengthens your hair. Shop for this hair-strengthening shampoo if you want thick and healthy hair.

Who is it for: Fine, straight hair




2 VIKARAH ausadhiya kesah marjana (medical hair cleanser)

Key takeaway: Deeply cleanses and nourishes from within. Transforms hair into luscious, thick and shiny locks.

Who is it for: All hair types

Who is it for: Fine, straight hair




3 BARE NECESSITIES mason & co dessert dry shampoo 500

Key takeaway: Most Dry shampoos leave a white residue hence buy this natural dry shampoo which is perfect for Indian brown hair. It treats your locks to a heavenly dessert while removing dirt and oil buildup.

Who is it for: All hair types



4 ARATA natural hydrating hair shampoo with ginkgo, ginger, and indian gooseberry for men and women

Key takeaway: gently cleanses while leaving hair feeling moisturized and luxurious. Provides high nourishment, and helps repair dry, damaged hair.

Who is it for: All hair types.



5 THE EARTH RESERVE tuberose & ylang ylang 5 infused shampoo 295

Key takeaway: Sick of seeing hair strands on your brush? Buy a natural anti-hair fall shampoo.This shampoo nourishes and restores the earth’s natural balance.

Has a soothing, calming fragrance that helps in relieving stress and eases fatigue while bathing.

Who is it for: All hair types facing dandruff, hair fall



6 SATLIVA hemp with argan and activated charcoal shampoo

Key takeaway: Buy this shampoo bar to save some extra bucks. Acts as both shampoo and conditioner in one. helps to purify your hair and clear out excess build-up, adds a luxurious silky feel, strengthens your hair follicles and other scalp conditions.

Who is it for: All hair type

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