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Head & Shoulders Shampoo
Transcript of Head & Shoulders Shampoo
-Great looking hair Those benefits would be really great to have right? Well, behind those benefits, there are several non-beneficial effects as well. Beware! The contents that you are about to see may be disturbing. If you wish to continue, put on your Hazmat suits. Earplugs and blindfolds are also acceptable. THE BAD... Here are some ingredients that are inside the Head & Shoulders product:
-Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate
-Ammonium Laureth Sulfate
-Ammonium Xylene Sulfonate
-Stearyl Alcohol This is the ingredient Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate. What did this look like to you at first? I will be informing you about Pyrithione Zinc, Coal Tar, Selenium Sulfide, and Eucalyptus oil. Pyrithione Zinc Pyrithione Zinc is an antibacterial and antifungal agent. Because of its antifungal purpose, it was soon produced in dandruff shampoos. This ingredient helped prevent itching, flaking, and scaling of the scalp. However, there are some people that are allergic to the contents inside pyrithione zinc, causing skin irritation, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, hives, and swelling. It is recommended to consult with your doctor before use of the product containing this ingredient. Coal Tar Coal tar is a keratolytic agent, meaning it softens the skin protein keratin. This makes it easier to remove old, dead skin cells. This ingredient is used to treat many scalp conditions that involve dandruff and other thick crust conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. However, the side-effects are quite severe. Shampoo containing coal tar can cause photosensitivity (increased sensitivity to the sun which can easily cause sunburn), allergic reactions, and possible staining. Now normally I would show pictures of photosensitivity, but because of its very disturbing content, I have decided not to. Worse, coal tar is highly carcinogenic (cancer causing agent), especially when the individual is outside in the sunlight. The most common type of cancer for these types of people would be skin cancer. Selenium Sulfide Selenium sulfide is an anti-infectant agent. It is now commonly found in dandruff shampoos like Head & Shoulders due to its ability to relieve itching and flaking of the scalp. Selenium sulfide is also used to cure fungal infections of the skin. Because of its beneficial effects, selenium sulfide was later considered as an essential micronutrient. This ingredient has helped boost the effects of dandruff shampoos, but using it too much may lead to a variety of side-effects. Too much use of this product may cause skin irritation, increase of hair loss, and discoloration of hair. Fact: Although Head & Shoulders claims that it removes dandruff, it does not actually get rid of all the dandruff in your hair. It only reduces the amount of dandruff and flakiness. Eucalyptus Oil Eucalyptus oil is a colorless or straw-colored liquid substance with a distinct odor and taste. They are gathered from eucalyptus trees, found in Central America and Australia. This ingredient is often used in Head & Shoulders Itchy Scalp Care to help treat irritating skin and dandruff. Once used it does help people feel clean and refreshed, but eucalyptus trees are being cut down to make these products. These clear cuttings of eucalyptus trees have put a great impact on the environment, especially the koalas. Koalas are very picky eaters, and if they cannot find their own eucalyptus tree, they will NOT eat. Because of this fact, many koalas starve to death, and are now among the endangered species. You do not want this little koala to starve do you? Side-effects may vary depending on the individual's skin sensitivity, which is why it is usually not recommended for people with highly sensitive skin. Allergic rash, drowsiness, difficulty breathing, drug interactions, and toxicity are only portions of what could happen. Try to look out for anyone who is allergic to eucalyptus and save their lives. Manufacturing process Before the manufacturing process begins, some raw materials are required. They consist of water, detergents, foam boosters, thickeners, conditioning agents, preservatives, and other ingredients (Dye, Fragrance, Pyrithione Zinc, etc.). The first procedure begins with a step called Compounding. Compounding is the process of any large scale cosmetic production, which is usually used for make-up products. All the ingredients are mixed together in large, stainless steel tanks (3000 gallons or more) by compounders. The raw materials, typically provided in drums as large as 55 gallons or 50 lb bags, are poured into batch tanks and thoroughly mixed. Some of the ingredients, like water and primary detergents, are pumped and metered directly into the batch tank. After the mixture, a formulating chemist determines the order and temperature. A computer is often used to control mixing speed and temperature. Depending on the size and type of shampoo, the whole procedure may take about 1 to 4 hours to finish. The next procedure is the Quality Control Check. This procedure is to ensure the approval of the product processed. After the batch is approved by the QC (Quality Control) department, it is pumped out of the main batch tank into a holding tank where it can be stored until the filling lines are ready. From the holding tank, the batch of shampoo gets pumped into a filler which is positioned on the filling line. Filling is the next step to completing the manufacturing of the Head & Shoulders product. This is when the shampoo is filled into the bottle, set in a filling line. The filling line is just a conveyor belt (a continuous moving band of fabric, rubber, or metal used for transporting objects from one place to another). Empty bottles are put into a hopper (mechanical parts) at the start of the filling line. As the bottles move along the filling line, they are physically manipulated by machines until they are automatically filled with shampoo. The bottles move along the conveyor belt to the filling carousel which holds the shampoo. Filling carousels are made up of a series of piston filling heads that are calibrated to deliver exact correct amounts of shampoo into the bottles. From here the bottles move to a capping machine where caps are put on. This can also be done by workers, depending on the speed of the filling line. Next, labels are applied, then the bottles are moved to sorting machines that put them into boxes, ready for shipping and delivering. The company Procter & Gamble owns the Head & Shoulders shampoo as one of its many products. Although factories and companies try to minimize the pollution as much as they can, air pollution and water pollution is still emitted, eventually building up to hurt other living things. Many people were happy with the product, but the Head & Shoulders shampoo received various different complaints about balding and irritation. Even though there were disappointments, they still continued making the same product with the same ingredients. In 1989, Procter & Gamble tried to launch a $17.5 million program to convince the public that testing on thousands of defenseless animals were necessary. This program was never released primarily because of the intense pressure and opposition P & G received from animal advocates. However in 1999, Procter & Gamble announced that they would limit their testing on animals due to scandals, leaked information and complaints. I think that during the past, the company was not doing anything about their problems at first, but as time went by, they were considering fixing the problem. As you may have already seen, the Head & Shoulders logo looks like this. Head & Shoulders can be found most commonly in variety stores like Wal-Mart and Shoppers Drug Mart and over 45 different countries around the world, like Canada and USA. Because of the dangerous effects the product could have on you, try to avoid daily and constant use of it. Once or twice a month would be totally okay. If you love the product so much and really want to keep using it, once or twice a week would be recommended. Not to try and scare anyone, but anti-dandruff shampoos are nothing but advertising puff and chemicals. Head & Shoulders targets Out of all the Head & Shoulders consumers, 61% of them are females, 39% males. Many of the consumers are aged 20-25, and is mostly used for people with straight and normal hair. Many use the anti-dandruff shampoo at least twice a day. Additionally, they consider it a necessity. Head & Shoulders is often used for smooth, shiny looking hair instead of the treatment capabilities. Strangely, most people who use this product do not have dandruff problems. More than half the consumers do not look at the labels when buying the product. Almost all of the people use it because "It really helps them". There are more people that experience thinning hair after 3-6 months of daily use. This means that among all the users, these people have weaker and irritable hair follicles than others. In conclusion, Head & Shoulders will most likely target females in their 20's. Many of the consumers use it for the purpose of better looking hair, making some females think of it as a necessity. Because of this reason, many are unaware of the bad side-effects that could occur, which is why labels are not seen in most cases. Unfortunately, more than half use it at least twice a day, causing dryer and thinner looking hair within a couple months. Females would not like to go out with frizzy and dull looking hair, so they try to find something that will help them. That is the end of the ~Head & Shoulders, Knees & Toes~ presentation! Any questions that I would be able to answer logically and simply? Sadly, Procter & Gamble also has chinese slave labour in China. They are forced to work 12 hour shifts six days a week, with just four days off per month. Proctor and Gamble lobbied AGAINST China's Draft Labor Contract Law. This law would secure minimum wages, enforce contracts and severance pay and give the employee leverage power over workplace procedures and policies. Procter & Gamble did NOT like that section. Notice the date when the contract was published. May 25 2007, we were 8 years old at the time. Although slaves have now been given more suitable ways of living, 5-6 years ago, labour was still very harsh. The worst part is when the slaves do their work either with thin gloves or BARE HANDS. Head & Shoulders needs to have different varieties of chemicals to process, and researchers at the National Institutes of Health have found chemicals that can cause neural damage. They discovered that the chemical MIT (methylisothiazoline) causes severe nervous system damage. Ironically, Head & Shoulders is among one of those shampoos that contain MIT. Researchers are concerned that exposure to this chemical by pregnant women could put their unborn baby at risk of abnormal brain development. In other people, exposure could also be a factor in the development of Alzheimer's disease and other nervous system disorders. If these nervous systems do get damaged, it will cause suppression and impairing of the normal function of the brain and nervous system. Eventually the networking of neurons slow down, and if they stop completely, either it will numb the limb or body part, or the nerves will die. Do you know what will happen when your nerves die? Any guesses? Leprosy.