The ONE ingredient you want to avoid!

I still remember a time, not so long ago, when, if we wanted to use organic hair or skin products, we did not have many options. We had to either look for them in natural food markets or make them ourselves (which I sometimes still do because it’s SO GOOD for your hair). Slowly but surely, consumers have realized that chemicals, salts, and synthetics are not safe for us or the environment and are demanding safer products that are more conscious. Now,  it’s way easier to find good brands that sell naturally-made products for my hair and skin. Even my Instagram feed is selling me this stuff, it’s amazing!

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.

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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:

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Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Sodium Myreth Sulfate
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate
Ammonium Laureth Sulfate
Sodium Trideceth Sulfate
Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate
Sodium Myreth Sulfate
Sodium Alkylbenzene Sulfonate
Sodium Coco-sulfate
Ethyl PEG-15 Cocamine Sulfate
Dioctyl Sodium Sulfosuccinate
TEA Lauryl Sulfonate

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.

Find hair products without these nasty ingredients here. 

’till next time,