Why Avoid Sulfates

Why You Should Avoid Using Sulfates at any Cost

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What if I told you that you can avoid many of the damaging hair issues explained here in this newsletter, and experience exceptional results with  Elixhair Products.  Consider trying the very finest sulfate free shampoo and conditioner.  It’s unusual to have such a super creamy rich lather, in a Sulfate Free that brings such gentle yet thorough cleansing.    Elixhair is loaded with Certified Organic Botanical Extracts, Sustainable Herbs,  Active Main Ingredients, and intoxicating Fragrance Notes.  Its all part of  the exceptional quality of Elixhair Luxury Hair Care Formulas. 

Essential info about Sulfates

Sulfates are chemicals used as cleansing agents. They're found in household cleaners, detergents, and even shampoo. Two main types of sulfates are used in shampoo: sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate. The purpose of these sulfates is to create a lathering effect to remove oil and dirt from your hair. Over time, regular exposure to sulfates can leave hair dry and brittle. Elixhair Luxury Hair Care Formulas has replaced many damaging ingredients with more naturally derived options to cleanse the hair and reduce the irritation that other surfactants (SLS) cause. These ingredients have the ability to also smooth out the hair structure increasing shine and manageability.  Elixhair’s sulfate free shampoos have a super moist Sensuous creamy Lather!  Sulfate free shampoos don’t bring the lathering quality as Elixhair does.   I will share the secret of our rich creamy sulfate free lather in a later email.  

Sulfates in Shampoo are dangerous for your hair.

Why you should be Avoiding Them at any cost?

Sulfates are found in countless shampoos because they create plenty of suds and clean your hair thoroughly, or so it seems. Sulfates can potentially cause major damage to your hair, skin, and scalp, ranging from  hair loss, thinning and fallout, and rapidly removing the dazzling shine and quickly fading the luminance, dulling your costly salon color from your hair,. Due to the harsh nature of sulfates, they can also cause split ends, brakage, and  irritation of itchy scalp and skin. There is most definitely a reason to be concerned, so stop using sulfates now. 


Ever wondered why shampoo quickly turns into foam when mixed with water? The answer for many supermarket shampoos, is the inclusion of chemical foaming agents like sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium dodecyl sulfate, also known as sulfates.  These ingredients help shampoo mix into water, creating the foamy texture you get when you massage shampoo into your hair and scalp. Sulfates are commonly found in mass market shampoos.  At low concentrations, sulfates are considered safe to use. However, frequent use of products with a high concentration of sulfates have been linked to cell damage and excess stripping away of natural oils and hair proteins. 


If frizz is a point of frustration for you, bear in mind shampoos containing sulfates can also cause hair to become frizzier. How? By stripping hair of sebum each individual strand becomes separated from the one next to it, creating an untamed look. From a hair care perspective, this definitely isn’t a good thing. Elixhair Luxury Hair Care Formulas are completely sulfate Free and bring Extraordinary results for your hair.  In this Email newsletter series you will learn more and see what everyone are talking about.


In this newsletter, we’ll look at how the most commonly used shampoo sulfates can affect your hair, as well as If your scalp is particularly sensitive, it can cause some unwanted side-effects like irritation and dryness. First on the list,  If you suffer from a skin condition like eczema, sulfates are a big no-no. Secondly, the heavy-duty cleansing power of sulfates can strip hair of dye, resulting in faster color fadage. Your expensive salon colors vibrancy will quickly become dull and lifeless, meaning you’re more likely to dye your hair more often, contributing to further complications.


Sulfates will Drain your Hair Color and Dry it Out

Unfortunately, all that sulfate sudsiness is not necessary and is what strips your hair of its natural oils. Sulfates can irritate the scalp, dry out hair, and even damage your precious hair, drying it out ,breaking ,and falling out with long-term use. Which is why more and more consumers are turning to sulfate-free shampoos for relief from extreme dryness and rapid color loss caused from sulfates.


When deciding on a product, there are a few factors to keep in mind. First, consider your hair texture — frizzy, dry, color treated and kinky hair, all require extra moisture, and a good candidate for a sulfate-free shampoo, while straight, super oily hair may not need it, unless the roots are oily and the mid shaft to the ends are dry, dull, frizzy, and/or lifeless.  Consider your skin sensitivity and whether your hair is color-treated, Elixhair sulfate-free shampoos are a perfect fit, as long as your hair is not very oily all over.


Sulfates are found in countless shampoos and conditioners. Sulfate shampoos create plenty of suds and do clean your hair thoroughly. Unfortunately, sometimes, all that Sulfate lather will strip your hair of its own natural oils. Sulfates can irritate the scalp, dry your hair out, damaging your beautiful locks with long-term use. More consumers are turning to sulfate-free shampoos as a necessity.


Sulfates 101: What Are Sulfates?

From a chemical perspective, sulfates are surfactants. Their job is to reduce the level of surface tension between your shampoo and your skin, allowing the active ingredients in the shampoo to do a more effective job of cleaning dirt, oil and dead skin from your scalp and hair.

Sulfates are found in a variety of products, from shampoo to dish liquid and laundry detergent. When used in shampoo, ingredients like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate essentially amplify the effects of the shampoo, allowing it to strip away more of the things that make your hair oily and uncomfortable.

This is both good and bad. Sulfates are “good” in the sense that they make shampoo far more effective. However, they’re bad in the sense that they can have too much of an effect on your scalp and hair, resulting in excess stripping away of naturally occurring proteins and oils.The sulfates used in shampoo and other hair care products are not known carcinogens, and there are currently no scientific studies that show any link between sulfates and cancer.


Sulfates are a type of cleanser that are highly effective at removing dirt and oil from the hair and body. They usually appear on the ingredients list of a beauty product as sodium lauryl sulfate or sodium laureth sulfate, and can be found in the formula for most rinse off beauty products, including shampoos, face wash, body wash, soaps and more.

Clean hair sounds like a great thing, so you may think having sulfates in your shampoo is good. But while sulfates are good at cleaning, they can have some drawbacks if you have certain types of skin or hair. Sulfate shampoos are considered safe when used briefly and rinsed out thoroughly, but some people may have reactions such as redness or skin rash if they’re sensitive to sulfates. Let’s take a look at some of the problems a shampoo formulated with sulfates can cause.

Side Effects of Sulfates in Shampoo

There are sometimes where shampoo that contains sulfates can be damaging to your hair and body. Here’s a closer look at those symptoms, which may also answer: 


Sulfates and Contact Dermatitis

Sulfates not only strip hair protein, in some people, they can cause severe skin irritation and a painful allergic rash called contact dermatitis. People with low levels of Ceramides, a type of waxy lipid molecule found in your skin cells, are more likely to experience skin irritation and contact dermatitis after being exposed to sulfates, such as sodium lauryl sulfate.

Not everyone will experience skin rashes or dermatitis after using shampoo or conditioner that contains sulfates. Still, it’s best to avoid shampoos that contain sulfates just in case, as there’s nothing fun about dealing with a scalp rash. 


Sulfates and Hair Loss

Being a respected hair Colorist for many years and listening to the many needs of my clients, who first came to me with hair loss issues, i could see how it effected them and was determined to find the answer and solution.   For many, feeling great about yourself and the way you look can directly be effected by your hair. Sulfates aren't currently known to affect scalp DHT levels, and as such aren't directly linked to hair loss in men, 


However, sulfates can be indirectly linked to male hair loss. If you’re susceptible to skin irritation from sulfates, you could temporarily lose hair as a result of irritation. It’s also possible for protein loss from excessive exposure to sulfates to weaken your hair, making breakage more likely.


As I’ve covered before, male pattern baldness is caused by a combination of hormones and genetics -- namely, a genetic sensitivity to DHT, Sulfates aren’t currently known to affect scalp DHT levels, and as such aren’t directly linked to hair loss in men, but while sulfates aren’t directly linked to male pattern baldness, they’re best avoided if you have sensitive skin or naturally thin hair. Using Elixhair Products Sulfate free Shampoos and conditioners  are a much better choice.


Reducing Sulfate Exposure

Reducing your level of exposure to sulfates is simple -- just switch from your current shampoo to a sulfate-free shampoo. It’s also worth reading the ingredient label on your conditioner, as many mass market conditioners use ingredients like sodium lauryl sulfate or sodium dodecyl sulfate.

Compared to sulfate-based shampoos, sulfate-free shampoos can feel a little different. Most have less of a foaming, bubbling effect, meaning it can require some extra water to rinse sulfate-free shampoo from your hair.  This is not so with Elixhair Luxury Hair Care Formulas.  Just wait til you feel the creamy signature lather and intoxicating fragrances these products possess, from the complex coconut based Ultra Lux Shampoo and Conditioner, to the mysterious Amazonian Rain Exotic SuperSmooth line. Its  fragrance is so fresh, just close your eyes and bring the Amazon Rainforest into your shower or bath.   

Sulfate-free shampoos can also feel less intense, meaning you may not get the “cleansed” feel you would from a typical shampoo. The shampoo is completely still effective, but the lack of foaming chemicals can mean it doesn’t have such a pronounced feel on your scalp.

However, the long term results -- both in terms of hair health, hair protein retention and damage prevention -- mean it’s definitely worth making the switch from a typical mass market shampoo to a healthier sulfate-free shampoo.