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Why Sulfate Free Shampoo is the only way to go!

Ever wondered what’s the big buzz about sulfate free shampoo lately? You've likely heard or read about the beauty industry moving to "sulfate free" shampoos. If you haven't check out the shampoo isles lately take a moment to observe all the rows and bubble bursts proclaiming victory because they too are now Sulfate free. Sometimes I think if the Shampoo could talk it would be celebrating to have gotten rid of that poison. Just like sugar is bad for your body but looks and taste good - so is it with Sulfates in your shampoo bottle. They lather up and look and feel good but are seriously potentially harmful to your health.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is a relatively inexpensive, yet rather powerful, grease-cutting detergent that also aids in the foaming nature of soap. It is commonly used in all kinds of soap products from shampoo and facial cleansers to heavy degreasing agents used on mechanic's shop floors. So, in simple terms, SLS is used to make soap "soapy" (which we like because we are accustomed to associating lather and bubbles with clean) and it cuts and removes oil effectively. This is a good thing in shampoo, right? I want my soap to be foamy and I don't want oily hair. Or I want my soap foamy to rid my hair of all the grime. The problem is that, even in diluted quantities, SLS is irritating to the skin and scalp. Have you ever got shampoo in your eyes? Wasn’t fun was it? Meet the culprit of the sting - SLS. In addition, and the primary reason that I'm not a fan of SLS, is that SLS has been known to be damaging to the hair follicle.

Damaged hair follicles can lead to weakened hair structure and diminished hair growth. Seriously! There seems to be conflicting data that claim sodium lauryl sulfate can also cause cancer, immune system damage, and damage to the skin. The debate is still out on this verdict but I believe better safe than sorryr. Neverthelss, to this day, SLS has not been banned from cosmetics or shampoos by the FDA as unhealthy or a cancer causing shampoo ingredient. What does sulfate free shampoo mean to you as a consumer? It means good news. Shampoo manufacturers have removed the sulfates and are now using alternative ingredients to get the job done. You may notice that your sulfate free shampoo doesn't foam up as well as it did with the sodium lauryl sulfate. Don’t worry, it’s not supposed to.

Don’t get caught up with using more product to get the bubbles that you're used to resulting in your pocket book decreasing faster from purchasing shampoo more often. It’s a process that simply takes some getting used to meanwhile still effectively cleaning your hair. Check out our other articles on properly shampooing your hair (sulfates or not) and some great advice on getting the best bang for your buck out of your shampoo experience.

Leola Anifowoshe
The Healthy Hair Diva :)
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