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The Truth About Sulfates by Sophie Sawyer

If you’ve considered getting new shampoo and conditioner within the last decade, you’ve probably heard the word “sulfates” quite a bit – and to avoid them at all cost. Let’s quickly go over some urban legends, wives tales and actual facts about these supposed “evil doers.”

First off, what is a sulfate? Here is the definition: “Sulfates are effective cleansing and foaming agents that can be found in toothpaste, shampoo, and body washes, among other products.” Doesn’t sound too scary, right? Cheap shampoo companies like to be able to slap a label that says “sulfate free” on their products to make the everyday person think, “Ooooh! I can buy this $8 shampoo and it’ll be good for my hair!” In reality, nothing could be further from the truth.

photo by Clean Walmart

photo by Clean Walmart

When you think about purchasing a hair product, you need to start thinking about it the same way you would think about buying your food. For example, if you buy a hamburger from McDonald’s, do you think it is the same quality as the beef you could buy from the farmers market? Shampoo and conditioner, along with other products, are coming into contact with your skin and going down the drain almost every day. Think of the drug-store shampoo as the burger from McDonald’s. Is that really something you want to put on your body? The way this all ties into sulfates and parabens is simple – they are ingredients. So: cheap products equal cheap ingredients and professional products equal high-end ingredients.

All in all, if you want to be nice to your hair (and the planet), the best way to go about it is getting products that are professional and use good-quality ingredients. Sulfates included!


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Thank you for explaining this to us people who know nothing about what to look out for when purchasing hair stuff!

Well done….