A while ago, I have changed my hair routine completely and I started to actually read the labels of the hair products I bought. I always just used whatever my mum bought from the drugstore and what was already in the shower but since I have been buying my own products, I have noticed the difference in my hair! Now let’s talk about these sulphates.
Firstly in case you didn’t know this already, the order in which ingredients are listed on the labels of your shampoo is the amount that has been used of that ingredient. So for example, ‘Aqua’ is always listed first because most of the product contains water. (if this is not the case please throw your shampoo out right now) In most drugstore shampoos, ‘Sodium Lauryl Sulphate’ comes second and this is exactly the ingredient I am trying to avoid right now. I have always used any shampoo and every single one of them contains SLS. It comes in different forms sometimes such as ‘Laureate Sodium Sulfate’ but you will recognise what to avoid when you see it.
Now you must be thinking, ‘If this is not good for your hair then why is it in every shampoo?’ and I thought exactly the same. SLS is a very good cleaner so when used on the scalp, it will quickly get rid of all the grease and oils. It is used in toothpaste as well for the same reason. However, since SLS is such a harsh chemical, it will get rid of ALL oils in your hair which is not good at all since your scalp needs its amount of natural oils to stay healthy.
All the shampoos containing this ingredient are the most foamy products as well which means you only need a little amount and it will save you money on buying a new bottle every time. SLS is actually very cheap to use which is the number one reason that all the companies use it, there are many other less harsh ingredients they can use but they are more expensive.
Now you know a bit more about sulphates, here are some of my personal reasons on why you should avoid them and what improvements I have noticed since I switched to sulphate free shampoo.
– hair is less dry
– more healthier scalp (due to better oil-balance)
– better for dyed hair, helps hair stay in its healthy condition
– less harsh chemicals on your body
– hair is much stronger
– better hair growth
– less breakage
Everything has of course its disadvantages but honestly the only disadvantage to switching to sulphate free shampoo is the foam, there is literally none. It is more of a cream and takes a little while to get used to but I do not have a problem with this at all anymore. Especially once you start noticing the difference it is totally worth it!
I am only showing the L’oreal low shampoo but there are many more good ones available in your local drugstore. Some examples are: Liz Earle Botanical shine, the Bodyshop rainforest, L’oreal everpure and some of the Moroccan argan oil shampoos.
Let me know your favourite SLS-free shampoo, I always want to try out different products! Also if you have any questions please ask in the comments below!
Love, Marlinde x