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Why is Sulfate Bad for Your Hair When It’s Color Treated?

When you spend the time and money for color treated hair, the last thing you want is damaged or dry locks. Certain ingredients in traditional shampoo can be harmful to your color and overall hair health. Sodium lauryl sulfate on the ingredient list is a red flag. Have you asked yourself, why is sulfate bad for your hair? It’s a common ingredient found in both shampoos and conditioners, but it’s also one that is best avoided.

What is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate?

Sodium lauryl sulfate is a cleansing agent or detergent found in a variety of beauty and cleaning products. On the ingredient list, you may see it posted with its full name sodium lauryl sulfate or as SLS. There’s also sodium laureth sulfate, a derivative of sodium lauryl sulfate.

As a product ingredient, sodium lauryl sulfates’ main job is to create lather. Anytime you see super sudsy action in a commercial for shampoo, it’s this ingredient that is responsible for that lather. In addition to shampoos and conditioners, you can find it on the ingredient list of products like bubble bath, body wash and hand soap. It’s also used in laundry detergent, dish soap, and cleansers for your pets.

Why is Sulfate Bad for Your Hair?

Sodium lauryl sulfate works to create lather, essentially decreasing the surface tension of the hair. While lots of suds can make it feel like it’s creating a deep, healthy clean, it may be having the opposite effect. A shampoo that contains sulfate does clean, but it also can be harsh and remove the natural oils from your hair. When these oils are stripped away, the hair appears dull and can become brittle. Color treated hair can fade faster when exposed to sulfate.

According to the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) SkinDeep® Database, sodium lauryl sulfate is a human irritant. It can have negative effects on the skin, eyes, and even the lungs. Hair care and other beauty products that contain sulfate can be an issue at any time for anyone, especially if you suffer from skin sensitivities, allergies, or other related conditions. The sulfate can cause itching, redness, and irritation to your skin and eyes.

All hair types, from curly hair to fine, thick, and color treated are susceptible to damage from sulfate in hair care products. This is why sulfate-free formulas for shampoo, conditioners, and other hair care products are essential for overall hair health.

How to Find Sulfate-Free Products

Every day you make healthy choices, from drinking more water to hitting the gym during your lunch break. Choosing the right hair care products is important too, because the products you use on your body can have an impact on your overall health as well. Avoiding harsh ingredients that can cause irritation or strip your hair of natural oils is a must.

The good news is, you’re no longer stuck with sulfate in your hair care products. ion® Wellness Solutions Shampoo has good-for-you ingredients designed to help bring your hair back to life and to maintain its overall health.

What ion® Wellness Solutions Shampoo doesn’t have:

  • Sodium lauryl sulfate
  • Silicone
  • Artificial colorants

Give your hair a healthy makeover and then keep its health on track with ion® Wellness Solutions Shampoo and other great ion products.

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