X
X

Enter to win a hair treatment from Moroccanoil!

*By entering to win, you agree to receive future emails from Moroccanoil and SheFinds.

beauty

Here's Your Complete Guide To Sulfate-Free Beauty Products

January 17, 2018 by Kiarra Lyles
shefinds | beauty

If you walk down the haircare aisle at almost any drugstore, you’ll see tons of shampoos and conditioners that are sulfate-free. Sulfate-free products like shampoo and conditioner, as well as hand soap, body wash, and dish soap, have become increasingly popular over the past few years. Why is that? What exactly are sulfates and why are they being removed from everyday home, skincare and beauty products?

Healthline describes sulfates as “salt that forms when sulfuric acid reacts with another chemical.” Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) are the most common sulfates found in shampoos. Essentially, sulfates are responsible for creating the rich lather that makes us feel clean, hence why they’re in many soap-like products. So, what’s the big deal? “While sulfates aren’t ‘bad’ for you, there’s a lot of controversy behind this common ingredient,” Healthline reports.

Sulfates create a soapy lather that helps get rid of dirt and grime, but it can also strip your hair of its natural oils. And, for people who use hair dyes, sulfates can strip away the pigments. “Sulfates can be harsh on the hair by removing natural oils and allowing more damage to hair that is already color- or chemically treated,” the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) reports. “In addition, there are a few reports linking sodium laureth sulfate and sodium lauryl sulfate to contact dermatitis in some people.”

Should you throw out the products that you have that contain sulfates? Well, if you have textured or kinky hair, or if you color your hair, the answer is yes; you may want to switch to sulfate-free products. Also, if you have sensitive skin, you may want to switch to sulfate-free products as sulfates can cause irritation. Note that sulfate-free shampoos have a more gentle formula and that they won’t create tons of suds like regular products that contain sulfates. But “it is possible to get hair clean without sulfates,” says dermatologist Eric Schweiger. “With the lather from a sulfate, you don’t have to work as hard to cleanse your scalp. With a product that does not contain sulfates, you will need to do more of a rigorous massage on the scalp in order to get it clean.”

So, what’s the takeaway? Are sulfates bad for you? Sulfates have a long-running history in personal care products, and they’re not inherently unsafe for you, many studies conclude. It all just depends on your hair and scalp. Do you have oily hair? Then, continue to use your regular shampoo. The same goes if you have sensitive skin, then you may want to make the switch!

Here are some of our favorite sulfate-free products if you’re thinking about going sulfate-free:

Sulfate-Free Shampoo

L’Oreal Paris EverCreme Sulfate-Free Deep Nourish Shampoo ($6.69)

Sulfate-Free Conditioner

L’Oreal Paris EverPure Sulfate Free Moisture Conditioner ($6.69)

Sulfate-Free Body Wash

OGX® Coconut Miracle Oil Body Wash ($5.69)

Sulfate-Free Hand Soap

Everyone Apricot Vanilla Hand Soap ($3.99)

Sulfate-Free Face Wash

Garnier SkinActive Gentle Sulfate Free Cleanser ($8.99)

Sulfate-Free Laundry Detergent

Sulfate-Free Dish Soap

Rebel Green® Peppermint & Lemon Dish Soap ($9.99)

 

Looking for more natural products for you hair? Find out how to make your own chemical-free shampoo and more at SheFinds.com!

 

[Photo: Shutterstock]

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...

beauty

5 Benefit Hoola Bronzer Dupes That Are So Good, You Can't Tell The Difference

August 15, 2018 by Jennifer Hussein
Save your money with these!

beauty

Bar Soaps Are Back "In" And This One Is The Best

August 15, 2018 by Jeanine Edwards

beauty

This Cheap Natural Eye Cream Is Selling Out At Target Because It Works SO Fast

August 15, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
It'll blow your mind!

beauty

The Super Affordable Drugstore Product Celebrities Swear By For Thinning Hair

August 15, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
It's cheaper than we thought!

beauty

The Bizarre $17 Anti-Aging Product That Works Like Botox For The Skin

August 15, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
We didn't think this was possible!

beauty

We Found The Best Dupes For Fenty Beauty By Rihanna’s Sold Out Body Lava

August 14, 2018 by Jessica Harrington
Get your glow on.

beauty

The $8 Drugstore Self-Tanner That Works Better Than The Expensive Stuff

August 14, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
This is a game-changer!

beauty

The One Food You Should Never Eat After Working Out Because It Clogs Pores

August 14, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
We did NOT see this coming!

beauty

This Anti-Aging Sunscreen Is SO Good It Keeps Selling Out At Sephora

August 14, 2018 by Jessica Harrington
Protect your skin!

beauty

The Cheap Natural Product That Gets Rid Of Under-Eye Circles SO Fast

August 13, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
You can get it on Amazon!

beauty

The One Tea You Should Have Every Morning For Younger-Looking Skin, According To Experts

August 13, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
It's like Botox in a cup!

beauty

This Anti-Aging Lip Product Works SO Fast It Keeps Selling Out At Sephora

August 13, 2018 by Jessica Harrington
It's a personal fav!

beauty

6 Cheap Drugstore Eye Creams That Work Better Than Botox

August 12, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
They're SO much better than the expensive stuff!

beauty

This $12 Anti-Aging Moisturizer Is SO Good--Target Can't Keep It In Stock!

August 11, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
It's better than you think!

beauty

5 Benefit Hoola Bronzer Dupes That Are So Good, You Can't Tell The Difference

Every contour queen knows that the only way to really ...

beauty

These Are The New Beauty Products You Need In Your Makeup Bag For Fall

Raise your hand if you can't wait for fall! ...

beauty

Bar Soaps Are Back "In" And This One Is The Best

I don't remember exactly when it happened, but somewhere ...

beauty

Onomie's New Lip And Cheek Stick Is The Multi-Tasking Must-Have You Need In Your Makeup Bag

When I first started wearing makeup, I immediately took a ...

LOAD MORE
+
LOAD MORE POSTS