These are tough times, what with the crazy weather, political shenanigans in full swing — and the weekend coming up. You don’t want to be caught having a bad hair day.

Then again, what is all that stuff in the ingredients list of store-bought shampoo? And do you really have to unload your bank account to get the products that don’t contain crude oil?

Fear not, good people. Umbra Fisk, Grist’s green advice columnist, feels your pain, understands your needs, and just wants to help your family. Here she is with a little advice for getting the scare products out of your hair products.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of our Ask Umbra advice column, and to celebrate, we’re pulling a favorite gem of eco-advice out of the archives each week.

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