You may have heard of sulphate free shampoo or you may be wondering what I'm talking about today! Either way, I'll give you a quick guide and explain a bit about it. Sulphate, or sulfate for my non-UK friends, is a chemical that is basically used to make bubbles / suds in your shampoo. A lot of people don't really know much about it so I thought I'd make you a quick, basic guide.
Whats The Proper Name?
SLS, Sodium Laureth Sulphate, or Sodium Loreth Sulfate if you are outside the UK.
Why Use Sulphates?
It is very cheap to use and it foams up better than other chemicals. That is it in a nutshell! We associate bubbles with cleanliness, so it gets sneaked into our cleaning products.
What Are Sulphates Found In?
Shampoos, soaps, bodywash, toothpaste
Why Are Sulphates Bad?
They are a well known skin irritant. Ever wonder why certain shampoos or bodywash makes your skin dry, itchy or flaky? They probably have a high sulphate content. If you have sensitive skin (like me) you should try, if possible, to stay away from sulphates.
What Do Sulphates Do To Hair?
Sulphates dry out hair in the long term. This makes your hair prone to split ends and breakage. Sulphates strip the natural oils from our hair; not good if your hair goals are Rapunzel!
Hair dye also doesn't last long around sulphates, the colour fades quicker so you'll be paying more to keep your hair fresh looking. Who needs that hassle?!
Who Does Sulphate Free Shampoos?
Pamlers Shampoo - cruelty freeOrganix - no longer cruelty free
Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Moisturizing Lather Shampoo - cruelty free
Liz Earl Botanical Shine Shampoo - cruelty free
* These are the ones I have tried. As I try more, I will add them to this list.
Who Should Use Sulphate Free Shampoo?
Anyone who wants healthier hair. Anyone prone to a dry, irritated scalp. Sulphate free shampoos are also recommended to keep hair extensions looking new and shiny.
I hope this post has cleared up any questions you might have about SLS. Feel free to email me if you have any more questions! Do you use SLS free shampoo? Do you have any recommendations for me?