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What You Need To Know About Sulfate vs. Sulfate-Free Shampoo

May 15th, 2014
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Over the years people have progressively become more health conscious, as the concern for what we put in, on and around our bodies have heightened. In recent years the term “sulfate-free” has gained its popularity in the hair care industry as the term “sulfate” has developed a negative connotation.  Although many have heard that sulfates are “bad” for you, the reasoning’s behind this view are not always understood.  This post will give you the inside scoop on the differences between sulfate and sulfate-free hair products and why sulfate-free might be the better choice for you.

What are Sulfates?

There are multiple types of sulfates that exist, including Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES), TEA Lauryeth Sulfate (TEA) and Ammonia Laureth Sulphate (ALS), all of which are chemicals that are found in many products including shampoos, conditioners, soaps and household cleaning products. Essentially, these chemicals are utilized to create the foaming lather that is generally produced when using different types of soaps.

Effects Caused by Sulfates

Sulfates have been rumored to be carcinogenic, however the FDA has yet to discover enough evidence to support this claim. Although this myth has yet to be proven fact, there are other downfalls to using shampoos and conditioners that contain sulfates.  These chemical fillers strip the hair of its essential oils and can damage the hair follicles causing breakage and an increase in hair fall.  Sulfates can also cause or worsen irritation for those with sensitive skin or skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

Benefits of Sulfate-Free

Although a sulfate-free shampoo will lack lather, it will continue to cleanse the hair and scalp but more importantly in a safe and non-irritating manner.  In addition, the hair will become softer because without the use of sulfates, the scalp will be able to produce the natural amount of sebum while ultimately reducing dandruff and overall scalp dryness.  Sulfate-free hair products are also typically recommended for those with Keratin or color-treated hair, as it is mild enough to preserve the treatment results for longer.

TIP: When looking for products that don’t contain sulfates, always double check the product label for “sulfate-free”.  Regenepure is a great place to start, as any Regenepure Hair Loss Shampoo and Hair Loss Treatment is both paraben-free and sulfate-free.

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