Shampoos and Sulfates
Hello Blog Lovers! I would like to first welcome all of the new blog followers!!! WELCOME, WELCOME, WELCOME!!! I hope that the posts that you may have read so far you were able to enjoy them. In the event of my Co-washing Youtube video being posted to another website for further review and discussion...I kept getting the statement that Shampoos have sulfates in them and it isn't good for the hair. I will be the first to admit that I didn't have a clue as to what a sulfate was and what they were talking about. I took the time out to read the back of all my shampoo bottles as well as the shampoo bottles at my moms hair salon (they all contain sulfates). I decided to do a little more research to find out what they actually are and their purpose. The name of the sulfates are Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, and Sodium Laureth Sulfate. They are all surfactants that are used to cleanse the hair and scalp from dirt and oils. These sulfates which have also been tested on animals which I am in total disagreement with (that is barbaric and disgusting), even though I don't have any pets I don't agree with abusing them or treating them like experiments. The results were shown to have negative affects on their skin and hair. However I will also say that animals and humans are not made up the same way, in many aspects. They are saying that these sulfates can also have a negative effect on the hair follicle as well as be a skin irritant for us. I have never had an issue with any of my shampoos and/or skin or scalp irritation. I also decided to just be curious and look at all the other cleansing products in my house and I discovered that the same sulfates in shampoos are also in our laundry detergent, body wash, hand soaps, toothpaste, and also in Feminine Wash. So my question now is since you are riding yourself of sulfates are you getting rid of your hand soap, body wash, feminine wash, toothpaste and laundry detergent as well?? (That would also mean you would have to spend more money for SLS Free products as well) So are we really freeing ourselves of all sulfates when it comes to really freeing ourselves?? We are still coming in contact with that chemical.
Like all chemicals they have a purpose and they can have negative adverse effects if used incorrectly. Everything that we do should be in moderation and there are ways to prevent things from getting out of control. Since I've never had a problem with any of my products that contain sulfate (I haven't had a problem with my hair either) I can't really say that it's bad and will cause hair damage or hair loss (despite others have said so). Initially the health of the hair is based off of your diet and how you maintain it. If you feel like the shampoos are damaging and changing the condition of your hair then by all means I suggest using sulfate free shampoos and they do make those shampoos (I just saw a commercial the other day). I'm sticking with my shampoos I like what they do for my hair I am going to check into finding a really good Sulfate free shampoo to see how it works and if I like it. When it comes to using shampoos it's important to follow up with a conditioner, that is the main purpose of conditioning the hair to replace whatever has been taken out of the hair and put it back to make it more manageable and add more luster and shine to the hair.
My thoughts are as long as we live in this society and in America under rules, laws, and health regulations we are going to be surrounded with these chemicals and more chemicals the whole rule of thumb is to use everything in moderation and not over do it. Since we as African Americans shampoo our hair once a week to once every two weeks (which means you are shampooing either twice a month or four times a month)<
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