Sulfate Free Shampoo
Ever wondered why your hair feels so dry and frizzy after you have applied shampoo on it? The answer lies in the kind of shampoo that you use. Most of the shampoos available in the market today are sulfate-based shampoos and not sulfate free shampoo. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) are the two sulfates in the shampoos that tend to absorb moisture from your hair, rendering it dry. They also cause hair-irritation, split-ends in hair, hair-loss and discoloring of hair, apart from mild after-effects on other parts of the body as well. And yet these are the shampoos you crave for!
Unlike, sulfate free shampoos, sulfate based shampoos contain SLS and SLES, surfactants which produce lather when they come in contact with water, especially hard water. When this happens, you feel that the shampoo is cleansing the dirt from your hair in a very effective manner and also removing the extra oil from your scalp. True, it does all that. But what it also does is that, it dehydrates your hair, leaving the scalp dry and irritable. It also makes the hair frizzy and unmanageable, and if you have sensitive hair, the effect and the sensation is more acute.
Research also suggests that the chemical SLES is contaminated with a carcinogen called dioxane which is a by-product formed during the manufacturing of SLES by the process of ethoxylation. While mild exposure to SLES may not be lethal, extreme quantities of the same can lead to skin cancer. Hair-loss, scalp irritation, frizzy hair can still be overlooked, but do you want to take chances with chemicals that can cause cancer?
Sulfate free shampoo on the other hand poses no such grave threats. In addition, it provides the much-needed moisture to your hair, making it far less irritable. It also provides strength to your strands and keeps intact the natural color of your hair. Critics of shampoos not containing sulfates may claim that it denies the hair the shiny, sleek look that sulfate based shampoo provides you with, which it perhaps does. But since the former fulfills the basic necessity of cleaning your hair, and removing extraneous oil, I am sure you would go with the former, hands down.
Sulfate based shampoo is more popular in the market thanks to its cheaper price and the relatively low awareness about sulfate free shampoo. However, changing times and greater knowledge about these products will ensure that natural products prevail eventually. Surely, this information will help you make a better choice, the next time you are shopping for a bottle of shampoo!