If your routine is similar to mine, I like to wash my hair most days. Of course I use my own brand of shampoo which lathers up nicely and it’s reassuring to know that all those foaming bubbles are the combination of natural ingredients coming together rather than synthetic ingredients.

But what if you use a shampoo that foams well but isn’t a natural shampoo, what causes the shampoo to foam? Would it shock you to hear that the main ingredient could actually be damaging your hair rather than looking after it?

The ingredients I am referring to, and which is found within most shampoos are sulphates. Most of the supermarket shampoos and some big name shampoos use sulphatesin their shampoos to create lots of foam or lather. This of course makes it cheaper for them to produce which is beneficial for the manufacturer however; it’s really not good for the consumer as sulphates could affect the users hair condition, overall hair health and the environment.

You might be thinking, well if sulphates are that bad why are companies using it?

I’m sorry to say it but it all comes down to profits, as mentioned above shampoo manufacturers use sulphates because they’re cheap to use and give the customer lots of foam and lather which keeps them happy. The vast majority of customers who purchase a shampoo containing sulphates think that because it lathers up well when used that it’s doing a great job and will continue to purchase the same harmful sulphate filled shampoos. 

Which Sulphates should I avoid?

Examine the ingredients on the back of your shampoo bottle and see if it contains any of the following sulphates:

  • Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES)
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) which we’ve discussed in the past as being particularly nasty.

These two are particularly nasty and are not just found in shampoos but also products such as toothpaste. These two sulphates can cause really bad skin irritation particularly to the scalp and shoulders when the shampoo is rinsed away. A lot of people do not realise that these chemicals, particularly sulphates, can also be absorbed by the skin and can cause damage within your body over many years.

Why it’s time to switch to a sulphate free shampoo.

Sulphate Free Shampoo

The two Sulphates mentioned above have shown to cause your hair to dry out and cause damage to the hair follicles. Prolonged use could actually be so bad for your hair that it could lead to the loss of your hair, especially in men who are more susceptible to baldness, so why help to speed up the process?

As we mentioned earlier harsh chemicals in shampoos such as sulphates strip the hair and scalp of the essential oils your hair needs to keep itself in great condition, so stripping your hair of these essential oils will also dry out your hair causing it to break.

I hope the reasons above are enough to convince you to make the switch to a sulphate free shampoo. Looking after your hair is important and you really don’t want to be placing any potentially harmful chemicals anywhere near your skin.

With so much choice out there, what key ingredients should you look out for? In the final part of this post we’ll share with you some key ingredients to look out for on the label.

Check on the back of your shampoo bottle to see if ingredients such as Cocoamphoacetate or Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) are present as these are some of the best ingredients.

If you’re unsure on any ingredients I’d be more than happy to answer any questions you may have, just leave a comment with your question at the bottom of the page.  All the ingredients in the Alison Claire Natural Beauty shampoos are non-irritant and contain no harmful chemicals.

It’s important to note that due to the fact that our natural shampoos are completely sulphate free, they will not generate as much foam or lather than you may be used to. Remember though, the sole reason regular shampoos lather up so well is purely down to the sulphate levels within them.

Choosing a sulphate free shampoo will allow your hair to become healthier, shinier and in great condition for a lot longer as natural oils are not stripped away.

Alison Claire