Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Fate of your Mane!
Much like me, you've been bombarded with so much information regarding sulfate free shampoos. Many people don't get it, so today's post will address that. In the most simplistic of terms, we are going to discuss sulfates so you can decide on what, if any, changes you may want to make to your hair regimen.
There are two kinds of sulfates in most shampoos, sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) and sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). They are chemical agents found in many household detergents.
Why are sulfates put in hair products if they are bad for your hair? Well the answer is simple. One of the chemical agents is largely responsible for creating lather, not to mention it's cheap. The shampoos with sulfates have been approved by the FDA; however, we are just now being swarmed by advertisements against sulfates. People with dermatitis and other sensitive skin conditions have long been avoiding the "fates" in their hair products. If you find your skin dry and itchy after shampooing your hair, you may be having an allergic reaction to the sulfates in your shampoo.
So, which shampoo is right for me? That you have to answer for yourself. Again, sulfates are detergents, if you have baby fine or thin hair with oiliness, sulfates may be a God send for you. If you have thick, coarse, relaxed, dry ... hair like mine, you want to leave them out as best you can.
I should advise you that shampoos sans sulfates are a bit more expensive than those which contain sulfates, but if it improves your hairs health, it may be worth cutting out something in exchange.
More hair talk to come...