Beauty Post by: Sunshine
Time for some hair talk! Everybody wants the shiny beautiful hair like in all those hair commercials.
I do! And I have tried many products out there from the drugstore to the expensive salon brands.
After using up one bottle or even many times before I was done with a bottle I would move on to the next miracle in bottle hoping that this would be the one!
Recently I have stuck with the same hair routine for almost a year now. I think it has been working. My hair feels really soft and my hair stylist has even said that I have no split ends all the way down my hair! Yet, I am starting to wonder now, if what I am doing really is healthy for my hair?
Sulfates! Sulfates are detergents in shampoos that clean the hair of oil and dirt. There is so much talk about sulfates out there right now! Just like in facial cleansers there are certain sulfates that are stronger than others. Look for the more gentle sulfates like sodium laureth sulfate.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is very similar but harsher. Sodium lauryl sulfate has been found to be a skin irritant if used at high concentrations for a prolong period of time. However, it is only used in lesser concentrations in personal care products.
Ammonium Lareth Sulphate is just as harsh as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.
Myreth Sulphate is the least harsh of the four listed here.
If sulfates were that irritating then they would not still be used in shampoos. Although, it something is irritating, find something else! It's all about finding what works for you!
So I would look for on the ingredients list of shampoos for Sodium Laureth Sulfate.
Also do NOT believe that sulfates cause cancer, there is no scientific evidence to back this up!
Many natural personal care products like to state this so that you will buy their products!
Sulfates clean the hair, removing dirt, oil and product buildup. If sulfates didn't remove your natural oils then that would not be good. The natural oil in your hair traps dirt, pollen, and dust everyday. So we do not want to keep the natural oils in our hair! Yucky! Clean is good and sulfates are good perfectly safe ingrediants. Use a conditioner afterwards to add moisture back into your hair after cleaning.
(More on shampoos coming soon!)