With all of the different shampoos in the marketplace, how does one know really what type to select for use on their hair? Many of the haircare products on the shelves and online are divided into categories by hair type, i.e. normal, dry, oily, etc. Then you see labels on the bottles that indicate other additives or special attention is drawn to the fact that some shampoos are sulfate free. So, why is sulfate free shampoo so important for your hair?
For those of you who don’t know what sulfate free means, you need to know that shampoos that are sulfate free do not contain SLS or sodium lauryl sulfate. SLS is a cleansing product that is used in a whole host of products including shampoo and even floor cleaners. These cleansing products tend to only clean the surface on which they are applied and if used on your hair, the chemical can irritate your scalp and strip essential oils causing the hair to be dry. So if this ingredient is so harmful to your hair why use it? For the simple reason it is a cheap ingredient and of all things it creates bubbles and aids in the production of foam. Do bubbles and foam really clean your hair? Well, the SLS ingredient will remove oil from the hair but is this good for the hair? No. Why? Sulfate has been also known to damage the hair follicle. This can lead to the structure of your hair weakening and even a thinning out of the hair. I don’t know about you, but I can’t afford to lose any more hair!
Over time, and with consumer awareness being so prevalent these days, the manufacturers of shampoo are finally starting to jump on the bandwagon and are starting to remove SLS from many of the shampoos. There are still many many shampoos still that contain this ingredient so if the health of your hair is important to you, I strongly suggest that you check the labels before purchasing and even when the sulfate free shampoos seem to cost more, think about what is important in the long run. Do you want to be spending an inordinate amount of money trying to repair your damaged hair, or by spending the few extra dollars for the right product do you want to maintain a healthy, shiny, looking head of hair?