From an environmental standpoint, scientists are becoming more and more interested in what happens to our soaps and shampoos when they wash down the train. A lot of different ingredients you find in personal care products are being considered contaminants because water treatment plants aren’t able to filter them out anymore.
The latest culprit it the anti-fungal chemical used in most popular dandruff shampoos. In a new study published in the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, it was found that even in tiny doses, dandruff fighting shampoos containing climbazole are throwing off the overall health of our waterways.
These fungicides kill off algae and impacts germination rates of crops, seed production, leaf color, and stem sizes of some common plants. Scientists have now classified it as toxic to water creatures too.
So what can you do instead of using these shampoos?
Well, first, aim for the proper pH. Your scalp is naturally acidic, and sometimes hair care products are more base. Try massaging a few tablespoons of lemon juice into your scalp and rinse with water. Apple cider vinegar has a similar effect.
Additionally, make sure you don’t have a zinc deficiency.
With any luck, that dandruff will be a problem of the past, and so will these environmental disasters.