April 14, 2009

Sulfates the new BPA?

The latest trend in hair products is sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners. Although, most conditioners don't use sulfates so I'm not sure why you need a sulfate-free one. I wondered if this was just another marketing scheme to scare people into buying new products-or if sulfates were the new BPA (you know those bad water bottles of last year)? After a little research and tweeting with my friends at The Beauty Brains, I've come to the conclusion that it's just HYPE. Why? Sulfates are what make our shampoo's (and body washes) foam up so you can get that nice lather. Also, sulfates break down the dirt and oil in the hair. That's all they are. They don't strip the color out any faster than their sulfate-free counterparts. However, sulfate-free are less drying so if you have super dry skin/scalp you might benefit from them. To read more on what kind of sulfates are in shampoo's read here and here. I think both these explain it very well. For those who think they cause cancer: wrong (they might just give you "the runs" if ingested). Read here for more on this. So my dear readers what do you think?

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  1. so here's another totally not related question to this post...i purchased the loreal elastique creme for curls but i'm still finding that my curls have drooped into a mess of nothing at the end of the day. Anything I can do to help that out?

  2. Have you tried diffusing it? I find that mine looks better and last if I diffuse it with the blowdryer. If you don't have a diffuser you can use a hairnet instead. Just tuck all your hair up in it and then blow it dry on low.

  3. THANK YOU! Sodium Laureth Sulfate in shampoo IS the shampoo. The Laureth part binds up the grease and dirt, and the sodium and sulfate parts let the water carry it away. If you want foam, you're going to have to use either that molecule or something VERY similar to it. Some people can get away with non-foaming shampoos. I'm not one of them.