Ladies & Gentlemen…Sulfates

Sulfates. A word that has created quite the buzz in the hair care industry. The word has become quite heavy for an ingredient that creates those big bubbles everyone loves to gush about. Somewhere in all those big bubbles is the truth and it’s time to wash them away and speak honestly about why they are there and what they do.

SLS, SLES, ALS, what do these all mean? To put it in layman’s terms, Surfactants. These surfactants are put into your shampoos to create the bubbles that we are all told ” clean our hair”. What they don’t tell you about sulfates is the fact that you  are drying out your hair, fading that $200.00 color service you just had done at the salon and some studies show that sulfates are damaging to the immune system. The list doesn’t stop there. Other studies show that sulfates can be damaging to the hair follicle and thus effecting hair growth. Here’s something to think about, SLS is not only in your luxurious shampoo, but your husband just washed your garage floor with it. The same sulfates found in your shampoo are the same sulfates that are used in car degreasers. Those sulfates dissolve the grease on car engines the same way it dissolves the natural oils in your hair. Now you have something to think about.

SLS knows no mercy, they will take whatever you’ve got, including the natural oils that your hair needs to remain healthy. You might now be asking yourself, ” Well if we know all this about sulfates, then why are they being used in my shampoos?”  The answer is simple. Cheap, cheap , cheap.  So what could be recommended is to start buying your shampoos by the gallon, that way you can wash your hair and your car at the same time.

While this seems like a way to cut some costs and time, there is a better way to deal with this dilemma.  There are sulfate free shampoos. SLI Beauty shampoos are completely sulfate free. We don’t think you should have to wash your hair with the same ingredients the car is washed with.

There are many alternative surfactants. One of the more popular being Cocamidopropyl Betaine, this surfactant is derived from coconut oil. Another popular surfactant is Decyl Glucoside which is harvested from corn, potato and wheat. There is a gentler way to wash.

Now is the time to re-educate. While you are not going to have the same big bubbles that you get with sulfates, you can rest assured that you are safe and looking after the health of your hair, as well as, your overall health.

When using a sulfate free shampoo it is recommended to start with a dime sized amount of shampoo and do a light pre-wash followed by a regular shampoo. This will help with creating a lather, which until the mass population understands that the amount of bubbles isn’t what is making their hair clean it might help them feel at ease.

SLI Beauty has a well rounded selection of shampoos that will meet the needs of all hair types. Now SLI Beauty is taking a step further with our Essential Infusions. Contact SLI Beauty to find out more about our shampoos and how you can customize an entire private label line.

Contact us at:

www.salonlabel.com

Phone: 1 (888) 595-7999
Email: info@salonlabel.com

” Put your salon’s name on the most natural and organic private label products possible.”

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4 thoughts on “Ladies & Gentlemen…Sulfates

  1. Thank you for your response and subscription!

    The future of sulfates is going to be dependent on what education is passed along. SLI Beauty does not believe in the use of sulfates and believes that educating our clients so that they can educate theirs and so on is the key to addressing this cheap unsafe tactic in the beauty industry.

    We believe it is very important to have the choice to use products that are using a higher grade ingredient to replace the sulfates.

    Reading labels and being aware is number one and the only way people will know what they are looking at on a label is through education.

    I hope this post has given you some excitement to get out there and experience sulfate free products if you haven’t already!

    Cheers,

    SLI Beauty Team

  2. wow. im shocked to read this..it is so true and makes so much sense…im sure huge shampoo manufacturers do not want consumers to know what really is in their shampoo…who wants to wash their hair with car wash shampoo.not me!.I see I will start educating my clients..thank you very much for the information.

    • Thank you for taking the time to read the SLI Beauty blog!

      SLI Beauty believes it is time for new education to come to the forefront. It is important to know what is being used in our day to day products.

      Very pleased to hear that you are going to be joining the educating! Please join us again for more blogs on products,ingredients and education.

      Hope to hear from you again soon!

      SLI Beauty Team

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