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Akshay Thakur*, Vinay Pandit and M. S. Ashawat


Hair-care products may be defined as the preparation which is meant for removal of dirt, excessive oil, dandruff from the hair and scalp. Hair cares products also provide nourishment to the hair and giving the healthy look to hairs. The real technology of cleaning the hair and scalp was developed in this century by the introduction of cake soap which was followed by the production of shampoo products.[1] The shampoo is a world derived from the Indian subcontinent. It dates to 1762 and is derived from Hindi champo which means head massage with the mean of hair oil.[2] A shampoo is a cosmetic preparation meant for the washing of hair and scalp. Its primary function is cleansing the hair of accumulated sebum, scalp debris, and residue of hair grooming preparation. The added function of a shampoo includes conditioning, lubrication, medication, and so on.[3] The shampoo is preparation using surfactant as the main ingredient and additional ingredients that are functioned to increase the working power of shampoo. Shampoo which is available in the market use synthetic ingredients that are harmful to the skin. Most consumers are not aware of these harmful effects. Sodium lauryl sulphate is a surfactant which is widely used in shampoo which irritates scalp and damage hair follicles. Formaldehyde is also used as preservatives in shampoo formulations which lead to an increase in dermal sensitization.[4] Today people are aware of synthetic products and their harmful side effects on hair, skin eye, this makes consumer prefer herbal products over synthetic products. Herbal products have negligible side effects. Shampoos are of various types, like powder shampoo, clear liquid shampoo, lotion shampoo, solid gel shampoo, a medicated shampoo, liquid herbal shampoo etc. As far as herbal shampoos are concerned instability criteria. According to the nature of the ingredients they may be simple or plain shampoo, antiseptic or antidandruff shampoo and nutritional shampoo containing vitamin, amino acids proteins hydrolysate.[5]

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