There is a problem; there’s always a problem. If you look closely at the ingredients on the packaging you might find the bean in the middle of the rice. A good example of this is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS). SLS is a chemical that you will probably spot in the ingredients of your shampoo, shower gel, toothpaste, and others. Its close cousin, Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), is as harmful or even worse. SLS and SLES are the cheap ingredients that make your shampoo foam when you wash, and although they both help remove grease from your hair, they are both highly irritant – the reason why your eyes sting if you get shampoo in them – plus they are toxic and harmful to the environment.
So, what can we do to avoid these ingredients and still get healthy, clean hair?
You can look for substitutes that are produced from natural sources and that are permitted and certified as safe cosmetics; like Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate (SLSA). I know it sounds like it comes from the same family as the other two, but it doesn’t. SLSA comes from coconut or palm oils; it is a cleanser much milder than others and is completely safe for the skin. You still get frothy foam, it dissolves much quicker with water, and it rises faster. Finally, the best part about SLSA is that it is beneficial for all hair and skin types; even the most sensible ones!
Sulfates and Surfactants you want to avoid:
Now you know what to look for regarding ingredients used in your daily routine, which ones are safe and harmless, and which ones are not. Soon, I will be sharing more information with you on ingredients your hair will love, and ingredients you should completely avoid, but until then…you can stay in touch for more tips and info on Instagram and Facebook at @TheHairRoutine.
’till next time,