Sulfates are the primary detergents that make shampoos, body washes and other cleansers foam and lather. They decrease the surface tension of the water so that it spreads out easily and allow the water to adhere to the dirt and grime so they can be removed from your hair and scalp.
However, sulfates dehydrate the sebaceous gland and strip your hair of moisture and other essential oils. They also damage your hair follicles and may contribute to hair loss. Sodium lauryl sulfate, for instance, is extremely harmful to exposed hair follicles as they may become clogged.
If you switch to a sulphate free shampoo and miss that rich lather and “squeaky clean” feeling, just remember that “squeaky clean” means your hair has been stripped of essential oils, and lather is not essential to cleaning. Sulfate free shampoos like those offered by J Beverly Hills and DS Laboratories use natural ingredients to cleanse the hair and create lather without causing the irreversible damage caused by using of a sulfate-based shampoo.
By: Tracy Maloney