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Beware of Sudsy Shampoos!

June 21, 2010

Educate yourself on what products you put on your scalp.

For some, like myself, not looking into product ingredients is the norm. I don’t have a degree in Biology and chemicals are tricky and confusing for most to understand. But after a brief research session with some knowledgeable reviews about the notorious Sodium Lauryl Sulfate’s long-term relationship with cleaning products running the gamut from industrial cleaning products to shampoo and toothpaste, I discovered that this one ingredient is dying a long, painful death.

First, here is the wiki definition of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate / or Sodium Laureth Sulfate – Sodium laureth sulfate, or sodium lauryl ether sulfate (SLES), is a detergent and surfactant found in many personal care products (soaps, shampoos, toothpaste etc.). SLES is an inexpensive and very effective foaming agent.

The first thing the masses don’t realize is that bubbly, foamy reaction one experiences when the product hits your hair in the shower is a false indicator to the consumer that they are getting a super-clean result. But, you can clean your hair with something less harsh, a.k.a. SLS-Free, and save your scalp the risk of extreme dryness and **GASP** hair loss. Even though chemical-conscious individuals may know the harmful effects SLS has on a person’s scalp, there are still plenty of shampoos being sold with this ingredient as the main cleansing factor. I don’t even want to know how many times my head has been exposed to this harsh chemical, but I will take notice to what shampoos I purchase from now on.

Here is a helpful link that will guide you down the right path in your search for sodium-free/SLS-free shampoos.

Thank you Killer Chemist and for your post, and yes I know that post is a little old but it’s still a relevant topic since shampoos are still using this in their ingredients.

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