What kind of shampooIf you have seen the term “sulfate free” appearing lots of times on labels of products like shampoos or even shower gels and other personal hygiene products, you might have wondered what it means.

In specific, what is it about sulfates that is making people shy away from them, and are they as bad for your hair and skin as some people claim?

In addition, are sulfate free shampoos any better for your hair than those containing sulfates?

Let’s take a look at some facts about sulfate and sulfate free shampoos.

What is A Sulfate Free Shampoo?

Sulfate free shampoos are shampoos that do not contain any of the forms of sulfate detergents. In addition to not using these inexpensive chemicals, most sulfate free shampoos are made with fewer chemical ingredients overall.

Sulfate free shampoos tend to use more natural as well as organic and healthy ingredients that will help to make you hair overall healthier.

Also, you might find that these shampoos create less lather than shampoos containing sulfates but that is not always necessary.

Besides, many of the sulfate free shampoos tend to be less drying to your hair and scalp, and your hair may feel softer and look more shining than when using sulfate shampoos.

What Do Sulfates Do?

Sulfates are detergents used in most household cleansers as well as many skin care products and shampoos. They are what creates the rich lather or foam that most people want to see in order to feel as though they are getting their hair really clean.

What are the Risks of Hair Products with Sulfates?

They do a  good job of cleaning oil, dirt and other pollutants from your hair. However, they can be extremely harsh on your hair and scalp, stripping it of all its natural oils and leaving your hair and scalp dry and even irritated.

Sulfates can make your hair frizzy as well as tangle more, and they are extremely irritating to people with eczema or dermatitis, both increasing and worsening their symptoms.

Also, they can irritate your eyes and skin and in large amounts, it is believed that they can cause or contribute to organ toxicity, development and reproductive toxicity. Moreover, they can permanently damage the hair of some people when used over any period of time.

Sulfates come in many forms with the most common ones being Sodium Laurel Sulfates (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulfates (SLES) and Ammonium Laurel Sufates (ALS).

While, overall, it is thought that Sulfates will not be harmful in small amounts, when you consider all the products that contain sulfates and how many times we daily use them, it is not an issue that should be taken lightheartedly.

In this case,  many people choose either to reduce the number of  products containing sulfates or exclude them completely from their daily use.

Sulfate Free Shampoo Benefits

There are several reasons why people choose to use sulfate free shampoos. Here are just a few of the reasons why people are switching to them.

Less Drying for your Scalp and Hair:  While sulfate shampoos can be drying to your hair, many sulfate free shampoos are less drying on your hair and scalp, which means that you hair will suffer less damage over the same amount of time.

Healthier Ingredients:  Many shampoos that are free of sulfates do not just eliminate the sulfates, they also eliminate other chemical ingredients that are not healthy for your hair, scalp, or skin.

In many cases, these versions contain hair beneficial natural ingredients such as argan oil, green tea and others.

Less Irritating:  For some people who have colored treated hair, dandruff, suffer from eczema or dermatitis of the scalp, or have a sulfate sensitivity, sulfate free shampoos are non irritating to their scalp, eyes and skin, and therefore they help to prevent itching, drying out, breakouts and in some cases even swelling.

In the final analysis, sulfate free shampoos are simply a healthy part of any individual’s hair care routine who is seeking to live a healthier lifestyle and wants beautiful and more healthy hair.