Natural Socialite

To Sulfate or Not to Sulfate… Natural Hair Faux Pas?

In Dry Hair Remedies on March 14, 2011 at 8:50 pm

One of the first pieces of advice that is thrust upon newly natural & transitioning Socialites is to avoid Sulfate (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) inclusive shampoos like the plague.  Even though this advice is quite widespread in the natural community, many still don’t know why. 

Sulfates (Sodium Lauryl Sulfates) are used in many of the products we use on an everyday basis, but we usually only discuss their use in Shampooing products.  Products such as toothpaste, soaps, and detergents many times use sulfates because of their ability to create a foam/lather/sudsy effect.  There are over 150 different names that Sulfates are labeled by, but the effects are somewhat similar.   Companies continue to use sulfates in their hair care products because they are cheap, and keep the costs of their products down.

Just like mechanic shops use sulfate mixtures to clean oil from car engines,  the use of sulfates in our everyday grooming items removes oils from our skin and hair, creating a drying affect.  The “no poo” method developed Curly Girl Lorraine Massey refers to the use of sulfate free shampoos to avoid over drying your natural tresses and stripping the strands of much-needed natural oils.

Kinky-Curly Come Clean

Burt's Bees more Moisture Raspberry and Brazil Nut

Miss Jessie’s Cream de la Curl,  Burt’s Bees More Moisture Raspberry & Brazil Nut Kinky-Curly Come Clean and Giovanni’s Tea Tree Triple Treat shampoo’s are all sulfate free options that are worth trying.

Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treatment Shampoo

The options for more hair healthy shampoos on the market are plentiful, just make sure that you are reading the product labels and mindful of the included ingredients.  No one can tell you the “best” product to use or what will be “right” for your hair; this is up to you to decide.  I recommend requesting samples of any product you are interested in trying when experimenting with shampoos, conditioners, and styling products.  Just remember….. healthy hair is happy hair!

Til next time Naturals!

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