Foam, Bubbles, Lather and the Truth about Sulfates
Sulfates like Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS) are used in shampoo to create foamy bubbles also referred to as lather. Most of us are misinformed and associate foam and lather with cleanliness, but the amount of lather has no relationship to the quality of the shampoo.
Advertising has conned us through images of good-looking models with amazing hair, washing their hair with excessive lather and as a direct result we believe that the foam is necessary to achieve the best cleansing.
The most common sulfate found in shampoo is Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS), however this man-made chemical is often used to remove grease and oil from engines or floors. If it is capable of removing grease from engines, you can imagine what it would do to your hair! As a matter of fact, the sulfates will remove natural oils from your hair and scalp, leading to dryness, thinning or even loss of hair. Products like SLS have the ability to penetrate through the skin and enhance allergic reactions, damage skin cells and cause roughening of the scalp, which can lead to other medical conditions.
Recent research has shown that long-term exposure to sulfates can lead to damaging hair follicles and can cause premature hair loss. By avoiding shampoo’s with harsh chemicals, you can reverse the harmful effects and restore the normal function of the hair follicle.
So why are these sulfates in shampoo in the first place? Simply because they are extremely cheap to produce. So it is a simple case of outweighing the risk of damaging your hair and saving a few pounds in the process, or using a sulfate free shampoo or cleanser, which will preserve the natural oils in the hair, to help it keep healthy.
I strongly recommend to always use a Sulfate Free Shampoo if you have a sensitive scalp, dry hair, coloured hair, oily hair (or scalp) or suffer of eczema. And even if you don’t fall into this list, I would advise you to take extreme caution when dealing with any products containing sulfates (yes you will find them across the spectrum of cosmetic products).
Always make sure to examine the ingredient list, even if a product is advertised as SLS free, as other sulfates may have been added to replace the SLS.
Please check your bottle for any of the following ingredients (usually listed directly after water, which means it will be the second highest concentration) : Sodium Myreth Sulfate, Triethanolamine Laureth Sulfate (TEA), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or Ammonia Laureth Sulfate.
If you suffer from dry hair or any of the other conditions mentioned earlier, I would strongly recommend you try a sulfate-free shampoo or my own Organic Hair Cleanser and experience the difference for yourself.
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