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Sulfate free Shampoo & Conditioner

Why use “Sulfate Free” shampoo and conditioner?
Sulfate Free. We see it highlighted on shampoo bottles like it’s a big deal, but what does this really mean? Why is it important for us to use sulfate free shampoos and conditioners?
Sulfate is an inexpensive chemical used by companies to provide cleaning power and bubbly lather in our shampoos (and some conditioners).
It cuts through grease and provides the bubbles that we love, so what’s the problem? The concern is that sulfates can cause skin irritations, worsen skin problems and can even be linked to hair loss! Sulfates are cheap and effective as a detergent, but our delicate scalp, hair, and hair follicles aren’t able to handle the harsh chemical- especially as we age.
Here are a few types of sulfates you want to look out for (in order of most irritating to least).
1. Sodium Myreth Sulfate
2. TEA Laureth Sulfate
3. Sodium Laureth Sulfate (Probably the most common)
4. Ammonia Laureth Sulfate
If you’re experiencing hair loss, skin breakouts, or dry skin, consider switching to a sulfate free shampoo and conditioner.
If your shampoo doesn’t explicitly state that it’s “sulfate free,” it’s probably not. Next time you’re shopping for a shampoo and conditioner, consider trying one that’s sulfate free.
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Published: February 9, 2014