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Sulfate Free Shampoos

Q: Hi, not sure if you can help me but I was wondering if all organic shampoos and conditioners are sulfate free. I googled it but all I found was just sulfate free or just organic but not both together. Thanks for your help.
 
A: No, not all organic shampoos are sulfate free. You need to read the label to determine whether your organic shampoo contains any sulfates. You should also remember that “organic shampoo” is an umbrella term that covers anything from 100% organic ingredients, to only containing few organic ingredients.
 
This being said, you’ll find a lot of very good organic shampoos and conditioners that contain no sodium laureth sulfate. There are three kinds of sulfate compounds used in shampoos and conditioners, namely sodium laureth sulfate, sodium lauryl sulfate, or ammonium laureth sulfate. Sometimes shampoos or conditioners that claim to be “sulfate free”, only mean that there are no sodium laureth sulfate compounds in it. It is this specific kind of sulfate that is the most damaging to our health, though.
 
Thus even though your label may claim that your shampoo/conditioner contains no sulfates, you should read the ingredients list to see if it contains one of the other two, much less damaging sulfate compounds.
 
Sulfate free shampoo

 
Here are some of the best organic shampoos that are sodium laureth sulfate free:
Aveda Smooth Infusion Shampoo
David Babaii for Wildaid Amplifying Shampoo
Avalon Organics Revitalizing Peppermint Shampoo
L'Oréal Ever Pure Hydrate Shampoo
 
The biggest problem with shampoos without any sulfate compounds is that these shampoos battle to get rid of grease buildup on the hair. Sulfates are added to shampoos, (and lots of other cleansing products such as carpet shampoos, dishwashing liquids etc), in order to produce soap suds. The soap suds breaks down and loosens the grease, which inevitably gets washed down the drain. Thus, 100% organic shampoo without any sulfate compounds may not work for particularly greasy or dull hair.
 
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