Why I Stopped Using Renpure Cleansing Conditioners
I Thought I Found A Way to Save Time
We live in very rushed times, and most of us look for effective ways to reduce the time it takes for personal grooming. Hence, the idea of not having to shampoo our hair, rinse, shampoo again, rinse, use conditioner, and rinse again - seems like a terrific idea!
Who doesn't want a full head of hair that is shiny, soft, and manageable? I know I do! In addition, I do not wish to have a head full of frizzy hair. Living in a humid climate, that can sometimes be a challenge.
It seemed to me to be a great idea, to combine a cleanser and a conditioner into one product. I remember when "Twice as Nice" first came out, and was "all the rage". That didn't seem to last very long, though, as people simply felt their hair was not really clean. I remember trying it, and felt like it made me shed a lot of hair. Of course, that experience was many, many years ago, but I still remember why I stopped using it.
The Cleansing Conditioner Rage
Today, there are lots of products on the market that are cleansing conditioners. Some of them are very expensive, and some of them are reasonably priced. I have tried quite a lot of them, only to become disillusioned, time and time again.
Don't think for a moment, that I do not understand the concept. In order to stop stripping our hair of all of its natural oils, a cleansing conditioner makes "sense". I simply found that my hair never felt clean, no matter which product I tried. There is something about having that "clean scalp" feeling, and I was not getting it with cleansing conditioners.
I have returned to shampoo and conditioner, although I now use only products without dimethicone or sulfates in them. It seems to take a while for your hair to adjust to the lack of those ingredients, but once it has - you again have a head full of healthy hair.
My Experience With Renpure Cleansing Conditioners
One of the companies that I tried, was Renpure. I absolutely loved the smell of the one called Sweet Pomegranate, although I also purchased - and used - the Rosemary Mint one. My first experiment with their products was positive. I really enjoyed how my hair felt, how manageable it was, and how it smelled.
It did not seem to leave my hair very shiny, though. Since I am in my 60's, and since I still have long, dark hair - I wanted it to be shiny, long, dark hair. That was disappointing, to say the least.
With repeated usage, over the course of 2 months, I began to notice something else that really concerned me. Every time I used it, my hands would be covered with hair that should have been on my head! I saw a lot of my dark hair in the drain, too - that's not good!
To be sure it was not simply my imagination, I used it one last time. No, it was not a figment of my imagination at all - I was losing lots of hair!
Needless to say, I stopped using it. I tried several different shampoos and conditioners, and have found a company that I am happy with. They are not a large company: I believe they only sell the shampoo from one outlet at the moment, and they make their shampoo in small batches.
My Hair Is Staying On My Head, Where It Belongs!
Now, when I wash my hair, which is not a daily occurrence, I do not have strands of my dark hair entwined in my fingers when I am finished with the final rinse, and the end results are great!
My hair is soft, shiny, manageable, and clean - and it stays that way for several days. I don't think it is a good idea to shampoo one's hair every day, anyway. Mine seems to be at its best, a day or two after I wash it.
Perhaps you have never heard of Renpure's Cleansing Conditioners. Perhaps you have never used any cleansing conditioners. Perhaps you are enamored of the "no-poo" method. Regardless of your own personal preferences, please take my experience to heart. I could not ascertain exactly what ingredients in Renpure's products were causing the hair loss, but something surely was!
Which One of These Ingredients Was Making My Hair Leave My Scalp?
- Purified Water - we can assume this one is acceptable.
- Cocamidopropyl Betaine (Coconut Oil*) - this ingredient, derived from coconut oil has some concerns in regard to allergens and contaminants.
- Cetyl Alcohol (Palm Oil*) - there are some concerns about organ toxicity.
- Glyceryl Stearate (Palm Oil*) - low health hazard concerns
- Behentrimonium Chloride (Rapeseed Oil*) - I never ingest it, but it seems to be considered safe.
- Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil (Argan*) - the consensus is that it is safe.
- Hypnea Musciformis Extract (Red Seaweed*) - protects the skin; not known to be harmful.
- Gellidiela Acerosa Extract (Red Alga*) - no health hazards to be found.
- Sargassum Filipendula Extract (Brown Seaweed*) - skin protector that seems to be very safe.
- Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower*) Seed Oil - safe.
- Cocos Nucifera (Coconut*) Oil - no indication of toxicity.
- Punica Granatum (Pomegranate*) Fruit Extract - no known health hazards to be found.
- Hydrolyzed Pea Protein - low health hazard.
- Psidium Guajava (Guava*) Fruit Extract - no well-known toxicity.
- Butyrospermum Parkii Oil (Shea*) - the consensus is that it is extremely safe.
- Sorbitol (Sugar*) - humectant; generally safe.
- Amodimethicone - for conditioning hair; low toxicity indicated; can be irritating to the scalp.
- Trideceth-12 - emulsifier; toxicity is considered to be low.
- Cetrimonium Chloride (Palm Oil*) - preservative, known to be an allergen and toxic to skin.
- Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride (Guar Bean*) - health hazards estimated to be low.
- Glycereth-26 (Coconut Oil*) - clean bill of health.
- Silicone Quaternium-17 - it is a silicone, but seems to be safe.
- Diazolidinyl Urea - this one says it can be an immune toxicant; may have formaldehyde in it; possible link to cancer - great!
- Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate - known to be an allergen and considered to be toxic.
- Butylene Glycol - seems to be safe.
- Disodium EDTA - adjudged to be safe.
- Fragrance - unknown, as we do not know what is used for the fragrance.
(* Derived Source)
After researching the ingredients, I am still not certain which one of them was responsible for my hair loss, but something surely was!
I have never tried Wen products, as I find them a bit pricey for my taste, so please do not think I am promoting that product, and attempting to discredit Renpure. I am not.
No, I do not have any financial interest in any particular hair care company.
In addition, I am not a member of any network marketing company, as I do not care for the multilevel marketing approach to selling goods.
My purpose in sharing my sorry experience with Renpure, is simply to save someone else from seeing a lot of their hair merrily swirling down the drain.
Heads up, everyone!
Have You Used Renpure Cleansing Conditioners?
Did you lose a lot of hair? Did you like it? Are you still using it?
- FDA Cosmetic Products and Ingredients
Lots of good information can be found here from the FDA, on selected cosmetics products, ingredients, and potential contaminants.
- Tightly Curly
I do not have "tightly curly" hair, but that doesn't matter. Their extensive ingredients list and ratings of the same, is a great resource.
- EWG Skin Deep Cosmetics Database | Environmental Working Group
This site is loaded with information about ingredients that are in products we use on our bodies. I have enjoyed reading their in-depth exposés many times.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Questions & Answers
Have you considered that you're supposed to naturally lose a bunch of hair every day? If I brush my hair after I shampoo, I lose a bunch of hair. I think losing hair is natural. Some hair follicles aren't healthy, so they fall out. Making room for new hairs. Maybe it's something different but I just thought I'd give my two cents.
I did consider that, and am aware that we naturally use quite a few hairs a day, however the hair loss I was experiencing was unusual and a bit frightening. I just believe that the Renpure Cleansing Conditioners were not a good "match" for my hair. Since I stopped using the products, my hair is a lot thicker, and grows fast!Helpful 11
Can you please share the name and details of the shampoo and conditioner you found that you are satisfied with?
I have found a few. Right now, I am using the shampoo and conditioner from Neem Tree Farms. The shampoo is low suds, but cleanses thoroughly, and the conditioner is awesome. Love the combination, and so does my rapidly growing hair.Helpful 14
Are all Renpure products problematic?
I do not know, as I have not tried all of their products. I had the issue with the Renpure Cleansing Conditioner.Helpful 7
Is canola oil is linked to skin issues?
Yes. Canola = Canadian Oleic Acid. I do not know if it is related to skin issues, but I do know it is not a healthy oil for us to ingest. I do not use it.Helpful 1
Coconut oil is not for everyone. It can cause dry hair and hair loss in certain hair types. Do you think that is what caused your hair loss?
I do not know if the coconut oil was the culprit, or not. I just know that their products were not compatible with my hair.
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