Haircare Guide For Best Medium Hair Cuts
What is a Sulfate?
A sulfate is a surfactant. Sulfates can be mild or harsh depending on their chemical composition. Sulfates like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), are added to shampoos because they create foamy bubbles also known as lather. Many people associate cleanliness with lather, however, lather has nothing to do with cleanliness. We have been falsely made to believe through advertising that a lot of lather is necessary for the best cleansing to be achieved.
The following is a list of sulfates used in shampoos:
Sodium Myreth Sulfate Triethanolamine (TEA) Laureth Sulfate Sodium Laureth Sulfate Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Ammonia Laureth Sulfate
Sulfates can remove the natural oils from your hair which can lead to dryness, thinning or even hair loss. The most common sulfate used in shampoos is Sodium Laureth Sulfate. Recent research has shown that long term exposure to sulfates can lead to the damaging of hair follicles and result in premature hair loss. Healthy function of the hair follicle can fortunately be restored and the harmful effects reversed by eliminating the use of sulfates.
Who should use a sulfate free shampoo? Anyone who experiences the following conditions:
Sensitive or dry scalp Dry hair
Hair that has been damaged due to chemical processing
Oily hair and/or skin Eczema
If you are sensitive to sulfates, I recommend that you diligently read the ingredients of your shampoo. A shampoo can still contain sulfates even if it says “SLS FREE”. A sulfate other than Sodium Laureth Sulfate may have been used. Sulfates have not been proven to cause any serious ailments however you should always use a sulfate free shampoo if you have dry hair or experience any of the above listed conditions.