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Why Sulfates SUCK…

By August 12, 2008 26 Comments

Why Sulfates SUCK…

Here’s a beauty secret from the hair professionals:

There’s been a bitter war raging between sulfate-friendly shampoos and non sulfate-friendly shampoos for quite sometime now. (note: most shampoos you use do contain sulfates). Many companies are trying to remove sulfates entirely from their products!

I, for one, wanted to know what the big hooplah was all about!

So, I’ve recruited the guidance of hair guru, Jen Atkin, of the Chris McMillan Salon to give us the real story on sulfates….

“Sodium laureth sulfate (pictured above) is absorbed into the body from skin application. Once it has been absorbed, one of the main effects of SLS is to mimic the activity of the hormone Oestrogen. This has many health implications and may be responsible for a variety of health problems from PMS and Menopausal symptoms to dropping male fertility and increasing female cancers such as breast cancer, where oestrogen levels are known to be involved.”

Okay, let’s pause for a moment. So, basically sulfates can cause cancer and hinder male sperm count…. NOT OKAY (for me or my man)!

Why use Sulfate free shampoo?

“Sulfates are essentially foaming agents that are also found in industrial cleaning products and detergents. They can be extremely drying. It’s really great for people who suffer from psoriasis (which I don’t).

Sulfate free shampoo is free from sulfates, harsh chemicals, fragrances and colorings. It is cleansing and suitable for sensitive skin and scalp. An environmentally friendly option, for those concerned about our waterways.”

Better for our hair, body AND the environment??? That seems like a no-brainer…

Jen gives us some of her favorite sulfate-free products out there:


And one of my very favorite new hair lines (sulfate-free, of course):

David Babaii For WildAid
(Kate Hudson is the spokes-chick)

I’ll have a full review on the products later in the week, so make sure to check back!
In the meantime, do you use a sulfate-free shampoo (immediately go into your shower and CHECK TO SEE IF YOUR SHAMPOO CONTAINS SULFATES – it would be in the ingredients section)?
If so, let us know which one!

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