There are thousands of different shampoos, conditioners, body washes, facial cleansers, scrubs available on the market today. Unfortunately, most of these drugstore products contain ingredients that can wreak havoc on the body. One such ingredient is ‘Sulfates’.
Because many people have become aware of this fact, many companies are making a serious attempt to ‘mislead’ their customers.. Yes.. You heard that right! Some of these companies mislead us by labeling their product as ‘sulfate-free’ when the truth is that they are replacing the sulfates with equally harmful/toxic ingredients such as Cocamidopropyl betaine (CAPB), Sodium coccyl isethionate, etc.
What is Sulfate and why do we use them in Shampoos and Cleansers?
Sulfates actually are great cleansers. They break away oil molecules and dirt that sticks to the hair and body. Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) are forms of sulfates that are routinely used in chemical-based haircare products.
When these surfactants are mixed with water, they create a dense foam that efficiently lifts dirt and oil. Thus, getting ‘lathered’ up creates an illusion that often gets associated with cleanliness, which is simply not the case!
Why Switch to Sulfate free Shampoos and Cleansers
- Sensitive Scalp and Skin
If you have a sensitive scalp, sensitive skin or are prone to certain skin problems such as itching, flaking scalp, skin redness, eczema, allergies and rashes, it’s likely that a natural, sulfate-free formula has already taken a place on your shelves. Even the AAD states that shampoos and cleansers that contain sulfates may potentially irritate your skin.
- Colored Hair
Whether you color your hair at home or at a salon, sulfate-based shampoo strips hair color, plain and simple. Sulfates dry hair excessively adding more damage to colored hair. Natural Organic Color-Safe Shampoo restores lost moisture, protects hair color and makes your hair feel soft, silky and manageable.
- Protect your Eyes
Sulfate is an eye irritant, causing redness and stinging if accidentally gotten in the eyes, and may even be implicated in long-term eye damage.
- Dry and Frizzy Hair
Products with sulfates strip hairs natural oils which in turn drastically reduces moisture content. To prevent dry scalp and frizzy hair, use a shampoo that has the right balance of moisture-enriching nutrients (such as Sunflower oil, Olive oil, Jojoba oil, Vitamin E, etc.) Always follow up with a Natural Conditioner to lock in hydration and prevent breakage and split ends.
- Damaged and Falling Hair
The percentage of Americans who are facing problems such as Alopecia and general hair thinning has been rising exponentially. While lifestyle choices are the biggest culprits, Sulfates and other toxic chemicals are undoubtedly playing a major role as well(Read more). Sulfates are simply too strong for dry, delicate hair.
Organic Alternatives to Sulfates
Many of us tend to believe that if a product lathers well, it cleans well. But this is simply not the case! Natural surfactants, such as African Black Soap, Yucca root and Castile Soap are three of the best natural alternatives to sulfates that not only cleanse well, but are actually protective of our hair as well. These organic ingredients in Natural sulfate-free shampoo have the additional benefits of being anti-bacterial, moisturizing, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and are soothing to the scalp as well.