A few years ago I decided to start researching the ingredients in my shampoo. I literally went to my shower, picked up my shampoo bottle and started typing the ingredients of my shampoo into google, and what I discovered was a big surprise to me.
The first ingredient that I searched on google was Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, which in most shampoos is the second ingredient in the list after water.
So, what is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate?
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is a foaming agent and an emulsifier. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate works well as a cleaner and degreaser.
If you are using a product that produces bubbles, or foam, it may very well contain SLS. SLS is present in most body washes, soaps, shampoos, toothpastes and laundry detergent.
Ok, so you may ask what is the problem?
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is a very harsh ingredient that will strip your hair of its natural necessary oils, it will over dry your hair and scalp, and it will make your hair dry and dull and cause the scalp to produce even more oil in response.
If you wash your hair with you typical shampoo that has Sodium Lauryl Sulfate this is what you can expect:
• If you have natural oily hair — because this ingredient will strip away your hair natural oils, your scalp will produce even more oil in response.
• If you have dry hair – Which is my case — again your scalp will produce more oils, but the rest of your hair will be extremely dry and brittle. I would wash my hair, and two days after the scarp would be extremely oily. However the rest of my hair was always dry and brittle.
• If you dye your hair – Sodium Lauryl Sulfate will strip the color from your hair
• If you have curly hair – Sodium Lauryl Sulfate will make your hair more dry and frizzy and kill the natural curls of your hair
• Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is also linked to hair loss.
My hair used to be extremely dry and unmanageable, it had very little shine and I also had a tremendous amount of split ends.
After I did my research I decide to stop buying shampoos that contain SLS my hair changed dramatically for the better.
Now, I still have dry hair, I don’t believe this will ever change, but now after I wash it is not dry and brittle. I have not had a hair cut in about 3 months and I have no split ends at all. My hair is completely different that it used to be.
Unfortunately I don’t have any photos that I can show you how my hair changed, however your results will speak for themselves. Read the labels in your shampoo and opt for more natural types of shampoos.
About 10 years ago when I made the change this types of shampoos were much more expensive and difficult to find, now you can find shampoos without SLS in Walgreens, K-mart, Wal-Mart, Whole Foods and here in Australia in my local Priceline Pharmacy.
Take the harsh chemicals from your hair, and your hair will shine through for you.
That is my tip for today and if you like this video share it with your friends and lets all have beautiful hair.
And if you decide to make the change, came back to me and tell me about your results. I would love to hear from you!
This is Verena, thank you for watching!
Some shampoos that I have used and like:
• Yes To Carrots Nourishing Shampoo
• Uniquely Organic Coconut Herbal Shampoo
• Sukin Shampoo
• Natural Alternative Shampoo
• Avalon Organics