What’s In This?
We hear about sulfates and other bad stuff that goes in our hair products, body washes, and lotions. What exactly is that “stuff”?
Approximately, 90% of our beauty products including toothpaste, shaving creams, and face lotions contain sulfates which are synthetic ingredients partially based on sulfur. Sulfates are derived from petrolatum or other sources. Although, sulfates are not just petrolatum derived, but the largest part of the molecule comes from lauryl alcohol, which is from coconut oil or other plants. To make sulfates, lauryl alcohol is reacted with sulfuric acid. Sulfur can be found naturally on earth, but for manufacturing it’s generally produced using petrolatum.
There are hundreds of sulfates, but sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) are the ones most commonly used in our daily care products.
Why Is Everything Going “Sulfate Free”?
- Sulfates are considered “safe”, but are known to be allergic to aggravate sensitive skin causing redness, dryness, and itching.
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) is a derived from compound 1,4-dioxane which is considered a carcinogen, but no studies have indicated cancer causing effects.
- Sulfates can wreck hair color and cause increased breakage and dryness. That’s one reason why L’Oreal represents their Sulfate-Free hair products to prevent hair fading.
- Long term use using shampoos, body washes, and lotions containing sulfates can increase irritation of the eyes, scalp, tangle hair, cause frizzy or fuzzy hair, and split ends. In some cases, an allergic reaction can include swelling of your hands, face, and arms.
- Sulfate-free is all about sustainability, since petrolatum is a non-renewable resource.
What I Recommend
I love the OGX product line, which there are about 21 varied types to choose from. Smy favorites so far are the Gravity-Defying and Hydration O2,
Biotin & Collagen, and the Ever Straight Brazilian Keratin Therapy. This entire product line has varied benefits dependent upon your hair type, which honestly I haven’t found one that I didn’t like.
If your hair is dry and need a detangler, I also recommend using the OGX O2 Weightless Oil Lifting Tonic.
It gives hair shine, not oily or greasy and smells phenomenal! For best results, apply to wet hair and brush through.
So, if you are particular about your haircolor and pay a good penny for it to look beautiful, I do recommend using products without sulfates. Overtime, your hair will become brittle, dry, and break. Since I have been using this product line, my hairdresser has always complimented on the texture of my hair, shine, and overall health.
The best price I have found is on Amazon.com which I have a link attached to photos, which usually comes in a pack of 2, otherwise it’s $8-10 at other retailers for one bottle.
Just a head’s up!