Your choice of shampoo can actually make a difference in the overall health of your hair. Many common shampoos contain harsh sulfates that can strip your hair. Take a look at the ingredients in your current shampoo. If it contains any of the following, it could be damaging your hair:
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate
- Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate
- Ammonium Laureth Sulfate
- Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate
- TEA Laureth Sulfate
- TEA Lauryl Sulfate
So exactly what are sulfates? The most common types of sulfates used in shampoos are Sodium Laureth Sulfate. This is the ingredient that actually creates the lather. However it can be very drying and damaging to your hair.
These types of shampoos should be used for clarifying to remove excessive dirt or buildup only once a month, if at all. Remember… you can always rinse and repeat, which is gentler to your hair.
The best type of shampoo to use is one that is gentle and moisturizing, like ESSENTIOUS Exonerate Gentle Shampoo.