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The Sulfate Debate

If you’ve ever wondered what causes your normal commercial shampoo to lather, it’s something called sulfates.

Sulfates are ingredients that help shampoo mix into water to create a lather and to effectively clean dirt and oil from your scalp. Hence, they are detergents. There are two main types of Sulfates and they are known as sodium laurel sulfate and sodium dodecyl sulfate. Not only are they found in shampoo, but you’ll also see them in products such as face wash, dish washing liquid and laundry detergent. 

While sulfates have not been proven to cause cancer, in excess, they can cause damage to your hair and they can irritate your scalp and your eyes. In addition, they are thought to remove proteins and natural oils from you hair which ultimately could lead to split ends and breakage. 

People that are susceptible to dry skin or who suffer from conditions such as rosacea, eczema  and contact dermatitis are advised to steer clear of shampoos that contains sulfates. Furthermore, you wouldn’t want to use sulfate products on babies or children, as they tend to have more sensitive skin. There are also individuals who may be allergic to sulfates in which case it could be detrimental for them to use any products containing these chemicals. Apart from the effects they can have on humans, sulfates are detrimental to the environment. They are considered toxic to aquatic organisms. 

In essence, sulfates do not pose a health risk, but they are not doing our hair or the environment any good. Made by Nature stocks a wide array of natural shampoos that do not contain sulfates or other nasty chemicals. They are just as effective at washing your hair without causing any damage. Best of all they will still lather and take care of you hair. So why not let yourself be nurtured be nature? 

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This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Always talk to you doctor about the risks and benefits of any treatment.