Recently, the beauty industry is rapidly moving towards the promotion of sulfate free shampoo. If you check the shampoo bottle you purchased at a store, you might notice a sulfate-free sign on the product label. Moreover, if you buy a shampoo sold at a salon, they may inform you that the product doesn’t contain sulfate. Therefore, when making a purchase, you, as a consumer, should be aware of the hazardous effects of sulfate to your hair and the chemical composition of the shampoo in order to experience its true benefits.
Companies manufacturing sulfate free shampoo are now expansively advertising their recently discovered product, promoting the positive effects. Just like how Nizoral shampoo TV advertisement explains about its dandruff treatment benefits, other hair care brands such as L’anza and Nioxin also launch their promotional campaigns. What exactly are the benefits of using a sulfate free shampoo? What shampoo brands are known to have no sulfate containment?
Sulfate and Its Effects
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or SLS is known for its grease-cutting properties that can be seen in not only shampoo products, but also in other detergents and soaps. It is also found in facial cleansing products and some beauty care products. In fact, almost all products in the world from packaged foods to health and beauty care products contain SLS making them produce bubbles during use while improving the cleansing properties.
However, recently there has been a growing concern about the hazardous effects to common users of products containing SLS. It is said that it irritates the scalp and skin, is painful to the eyes, damages hair follicles, weakens hair structure, and slows down hair growth. In addition, there are claims that it can damage the immune system and human skin, and even cause cancer. Although this is still being studied, FDA still hasn’t banned shampoo or any cosmetic product, which contains SLS, available in the market.
Sulfate-Free Brands in the Market
While it is true that there are hair care products like L’anza and Nioxin (known for resolving hair thinning concerns) with specific hair benefits, sulfate-free brands were never left behind. There are leading cosmetic companies that produce sulfate free shampoo; for instance, L’oreal and Avenoo, which are mostly into vegan and organic shampoo ingredients. The Dermorganic brand also produces hair and skin care products that contain argan oil for hair, which promotes healthy hair. DevaCurl is another brand included in the list of sulfate-free hair products mostly used by salons for attractive hairstyles. These brands only deal with natural ingredients like orange peel extract and citrus containing vitamin C, among others.
Do the Benefits Outweigh the Price?
Sulfate free shampoo is generally lauded as the best shampoo because of its lack of harmful chemicals. While many still dismiss it as an over-hyped fad, its benefits cannot simply be discounted as a passing trend. In spite of its benefits, there are still some points that cannot be ignored, and these may well be talking points against sulfate free and organic shampoo. Sulfates are the agents that enable soap and shampoo to lather and produce suds or foam. There is a notion that the more suds or foam there is, the cleaner the hair will be when washed. This notion is related to the common or observation of first time users of sulfate free shampoo – that they feel their hair is not clean enough because of the low foaming capability of the shampoo.
Some users say that due to this low foaming feature, they use more of the product and therefore conclude that sulfate free shampoo is costing them more. The price point for organic and sulfate free shampoo is relatively higher. A 300-ml L’anza shampoo costs about $25-$30, while a regular sulfate shampoo costs anywhere from $5 to $15. The cost may be a difficult pill to swallow to some people, especially if they think more of the product is needed to keep the hair clean.
But doesn’t the hair deserve the very best care? While the price may turn off some consumers, the only thing to consider is just how one values one’s crowning glory. The benefits of sulfate free shampoo far outweighs its price. This is just another case of getting what you pay for. In the end, it would all be worth it.