Chemicals in Shampoo Destroy Your Hair

Chemicals in Shampoo Destroy Your Hair

It appears that shampoo can actually injure your hair, specifically the ones that contain sulphates. These chemicals have been long used as the number one foaming and cleansing tool. Toothpaste on your bathroom shell as well as the shower gel and the major part of shampoos all contain this harmful ingredient.

Why sulphates are damaging?

Lately the cosmetics manufacturers tend to avoid including them into its composition and incline towards using the “natural” gentle ingredients in the production, partially due to the fact that sulphates fade the color of highlighted or dyed hair. Sulphates can also turn hair that is often exposed to styling with heating devices like straighteners, hairdryers and tongs become limp and dry.

Consequently, during the last 18 months the big number of “sulphate-free” products started appearing on the supermarket shelves.

Chemicals in Shampoo Destroy Your Hair

Sulphates is a salt of sulphuric acid. In shampoo are often used 2 types of sulphates: sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulphate (SLES). They are not as dangerous as they are rumored to be: their carcinogenicity is a myth.
Officially called surfactants, sulphates are the perfect tool in dissolving dirt and boosting foam and that’s what makes sulphates the unalienable ingredients in any cleansing items. But the problem is that some people find them irritating their skin and over-stripping their hair.

Dr Sam Bunting, dermatologist, said:

SLS and related compounds lather well and produce a rich foam, which cleans the hair effectively, but they can irritate the eyes and leave the hair dry. This is a particular problem for those who colour or straighten their hair regularly, or have very long hair, where the ends can easily get into bad condition.”

Chemicals in Shampoo Destroy Your Hair

Their strong cleansing activity can also gradually strip hair color. So, try to pay attention while buying the shampoo. The recent technological advances provide us with the plenty of shampoos with the gentle cleaning agents received from corn, coconut and oats.

Dr Bunting said:

Gentler surfactants can clean the hair just as effectively as harsher ones. The fact that a shampoo produces foam is not a good indicator of how well it works. Gentler surfactants are an excellent choice for most people, especially anyone with processed hair or a sensitive scalp.”

He added:

Examples of effective surfactants include cocamidopropyl betaine and sodium lauraminopropionate. These will clean the hair and leave it soft and manageable.”

Chemicals in Shampoo Destroy Your Hair

Conditioners, in turn, don’t contain SLS and SLES. As for the shampoos’ ingredients list, sulphates usually appear second. Even so-called sulphate-free shampoos may contain sulphates and end on the list in “-sulphate”, which is acceptable as soon as there are no sodium lauryl sulphate and sodium laureth sulphate.

Green people spokesman, company specializing in organic body-care products, said:

The one we use as a foaming agent — sodium coco sulphate — is derived from coconut.”

You are probably wondering whether you should bother yourself with buying sulphat-free shampoos? The answer is yes in case your hair is colored and straightened. Most importantly among them, and it’s not limited to social studies, teachers said, we’ve got more standards than we know how to manage,’ he said

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