Here's the basics on what you should know about sulfates and an answer to the most popular query 'Are sulfates bad for your hair?'
Sulfates are found in everyday cosmetics such as toothpaste, handwash and shampoo, it’s a cleansing agent used to remove oil and dirt. This is the ingredient that creates a lather when you shampoo.
SLS otherwise known as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is what is considered to be the most effective cleansing agent and could cause irritation to the skin. This harsh sulfate can be drying on the hair and irritate the scalp, especially if not washed off completely or if you have sensitive skin. None of our products contain SLS.
SLES otherwise known as Sodium Laureth Sulfate and ALS otherwise known as Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate are commonly used in professional shampoos and are much gentler cleansing agents, allowing your hair to feel clean with less likelihood of skin irritation. This is what we choose in any of our sulfate based products.
Mostly, people are fine with a gentle sulfate such as SLES and ALS which will easily cleanse away the dirt and oil that accumulates in our scalps. One thorough hair wash less regularly is better than multiple washes to keep the hair in good condition.
Some who have extremely dry hair or who suffer from certain skin conditions may opt for a sulfate free shampoo and this is okay too. These shampoos will still have a surfactant in them but will take more time and more product when washing as you will spend extra time applying rubbing techniques and rinsing the scalp to ensure a thorough cleanse.
However, the most common reasons for dry hair are heat, colouring your hair excessively/incorrectly and using styling products for the wrong purposes.
Using a product with a small percentage of gentle sulfates is effective and generally nothing to be concerned over. All our products have only gentle sulfates in them and we have sulfate free options available too.