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Why You Should Be Using A Sulfate-Free Shampoo and Conditioner

Why Sulfate Free Shampoo and Conditioner

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You can find sulfates in almost anything in your home. Shampoo. Conditioner. Toothpaste. Dish soap. Laundry detergent. Basically, if you use a product to help rinse and wash something, it probably contains sulfates.

Sulfates are good at their job, too. And their job is to clean. They’re incredibly powerful and perfect for removing dirt and oil from different surfaces and textures.

They’re so powerful, in fact, that they’re also stripping away the natural oils, moisture, and color from your skin and hair.

Why Are Sulfates Bad For Your Hair?

When sulfates go to work, they separate oil and dirt from solid materials, like your hair. As they do this, they also remove the protective layers on your scalp that prevent harmful bacteria from entering your skin.

This leads to skin irritation and inflammation on your scalp, which is perfect for bacteria. It gives them access to your skin where they can clog your pores, leading to acne around your hairline, and even causing hair loss, thinning, and shedding.  Common sulfates and their acronyms to look out for are sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) and ammonium laureth sulfate (ALS).

The good news is there are plenty of sulfate-free surfactant alternatives that gently clean your hair and scalp just as well. Not only that, but they’ll keep your hair more moisturized by helping to maintain the natural oils on your head.

If you have dry or curly hair prone to frizz and tangling, or if you regularly use a curler, iron, or blow drier, you should an improvement within a few weeks of using a sulfate-free shampoo.

And, for those of you with dyed or colored hair, you should see your color last longer with a sulfate-free shampoo as sulfates sometimes strip away the color molecules used in coloring agents.

What Are Some Sulfate-Free Surfactant Alternatives I Should Look For In Hair Care Products?

If you want to make the switch to a sulfate-free shampoo, look for a label that has sulfate-free on it. You can also check the label for some of the ingredients below, which are sulfate-free alternatives.

Of course, you could always take a look our sulfate-free Puretanica Cool Bliss Shampoo and Conditioner as a healthy hair care alternative!

Here’s the list of sulfate-free surfactant alternatives!

  • Ammonium cocoyl isethionate

  • Caprylyl capryl glucoside

  • Cocamidopropyl betaine

  • Coco glucoside

  • Decyl glucoside

  • Disodium cocoyl glutamate

  • Disodium laureth sulfosuccinate

  • Lauryl glucoside

  • Sodium cocoyl isethionate

  • Sodium cocoamphoacetate

  • Sodium cocoyl glutamate

  • Sodium methyl cocoyl taurate

  • Sodium methyl oleoyl taurate

  • Sodium lauryl glucose carboxylate

  • Sodium lauroyl lactylate

 

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