You may have been hearing a lot about SLS-free shampoos and conditioners lately. More and more beauty writers and consumers are realizing the harm sodium laurel sulfate (SLS) can do to your hair, and we’re so glad this is happening. At Cleure, we’ve been making shampoos and other beauty products without SLS for years because it’s known to irritate the skin.
SLS is an inexpensive chemical that many shampoo and conditioner manufacturers use to make shampoos and other cleansers more bubbly. While we probably all enjoy a few extra bubbles in the shower, the irritation and other drawbacks that stem from this ingredient just aren’t worth it.
Here are a few of the most noticeable benefits of SLS-free hair care:
Shinier hair — SLS is just as hard on our hair as it is on our skin. Especially as we age, the beauty of our hair takes a huge hit with each dose of SLS. Without SLS, we can keep the healthy, natural oils our hair and scalp need.
More hair — Some scientists have pointed to SLS as the culprit for hair loss due to excessive shampooing. When SLS is left in your hair follicles after shampooing, your follicles can corrode and cause hair loss. If you feel like your hair is falling out faster than you’re comfortable with, think about switching over to a hypoallergenic shampoo with no SLS.
Longer lasting color — If you dye your hair regularly, you may be able to go a little longer between appointments by cutting SLS out of your beauty routine. SLS makes hair dye fade faster.
Less frizz — Because sodium laurel sulfate strips the natural strength and moisture from our hair, shampoos and conditioners with SLS actually make hair more frizzy. Especially if you have curly hair, it’s time to switch to an SLS-free shampoo.
Less breakage — Healthier hair means your strands won’t break so often. Sensitive skin shampoos keep our hair more hydrated, reducing breakage and allowing for longer hair.
Have you tried SLS-free shampoo before? Did you notice an improvement in the look and feel of your hair? Let us know in the comments!