“Non-sulfate shampoos” have become a buzzword in the hair industry, now that people are realizing just how harmful chemicals such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) can be. But are these chemicals really gone from the shampoos? Nope. They’ve just been renamed (SLS alone has 38 different names) or replaced with different chemicals.
The Cycle of SLS and Other Foaming Chemicals
Here’s how it goes:
- Have greasy, dirty hair.
- Shampoo with chemical foaming agents.
- Chemicals strip hair of natural oils, making it look clean for a little while.
- Scalp panics and overproduces oil to compensate.
- Repeat 1-4 until hair is unhealthy, falling out, or worse!
It’s never ending! ): And your poor hair just has its damage covered up with chemicals over and over, so you might not be aware of the problems.
If it foams, don’t take it home!
There are no truly natural surfactants that will produce a thick lather. Natural products, like Morrocco Method shampoos, will foam very, very little, not even noticeably most of the time. Only chemicals can produce that beehive of foam.
But now that we are aware of the problems, companies have been coming up with new unpronounceable chemicals. So when the “all natural” product says its made with coconut oil and it foams, check the back. Does it say cocamide diethanolamine (DEA)? This is a foaming chemical derived from coconut oil in a laboratory. In 2012, California added cocamide DEA to the Prop 65 list of harmful chemicals. Check out this list of products with cocamide DEA on EWG’s Skin Deep Database. Some of them are marketed as natural, organic products!
Now check out Morrocco Method shampoos. Nothing but pure, all natural ingredients you can find from Mother Earth! And the only things you can’t pronounce are the scientific botanical names of the plants we use. But at least you know what they are! ;)
About Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and other chemicals…
We made a little video for you on the harmful cycle of SLS! You can also check out these articles:
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – The Arch Villain in Synthetic Shampoos
- Your Shampoo May Be Hazardous to Your Health
- Chem Heads (from the Philadelphia Enquirer)