Monday, 6 May 2013

Sulphate | The Facts

Since the summer time when I shaved off my hair, I've been wanting my hair to grow faster. I know me recently dying my hair will probably slow down the growth for a while too but about a month ago when I first purchased coconut oil, I found leaving this in my hair overnight a few nights a week made my hair grow really fast (maybe because I rubbed it into my scalp), but recently it just doesn't seem to be growing. Recently I've been interested to learn more about sulphates being used in shampoo. From what I know they're really bad for your hair. So here's the information I found online. I hope you guys find it useful too;
  • The most common is sodium lauryl sulphate.
  •  Sulphates are used in shampoo because they are a really cheap detergent. They create a thick lather.
  • Sulphates are used in conditioner to make the product easier to rinse out.
  • They are a very harsh cleaning agent which strips the hair and scalp of its natural oils.
  • Due to the harshness of sulphates, the hair can become very dry and fragile.
  • If you colour your hair these can often strip the colour out. This makes you need to touch up your colour more often.
  • They damage the hair follicles, which can lead to more hair loss.
  • It is advisable that people with fine, dry or frizzy hair use sulphate free shampoo and conditioner. People with eczema also shouldn't use sulphates due to them drying the scalp.
  • Baby shampoos' contain no sulphate.
  • Sulphates are also commonly found in, soap, toothpaste, household detergent and even to degrease car engines.
  • Studies show sulphates may even cause cancer.
After reading this I can't believe I've been using these products for so long. I went to Superdrug and bought some sulphate free shampoo and conditioner. The L'oreal hair expertise Everstrong Reinforcing&Vitality (two for £9). I've only used these once so far but I loved them. I could feel how much gentler they are on my hair straight away. I will be doing a full review on these products soon. Let me know what you think of sulphates below. Do you use them? Are you shocked at the facts?


  1. I am shocked about the facts! I have known that I should be using sulf(ph)ate free for a while now, so I am going to have to finally go out and make a point to buy sulfate free shampoo & conditioner. Thanks for the heads up!

    1. Your welcome! I'm glad you found it useful/interesting :) xx