Sulphate in shampoo. Good or bad friend?

What are sulphates?

Sulphates in kids bath products are popular. Very popular in fact. Often the centre of attention, sulphates create bubbles wherever they go. Found in many kids bath products and baby bath products, their ‘jam’ is too clean. Also known as a surfactant by their peer’s, with just one touch, sulphates can remove grime from any surface, be it your face, kids hair, kitchen floors or car’s exterior.

OMG! Did you hear that water and oil don’t like each other? That’s why surfactants like Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) are so popular, when present in kids hair products, they inherently bring water and oil together.

Are sulphates in shampoo bad?

Synthetic chemical surfactants like Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) are fake. Don’t be fooled by their bubbly exterior and heavenly scent leaving you feeling uplifted and squeaky clean. Their mission is to weaken the skin’s natural defense mechanism allowing their other synthetic friends to cause further irritation.

Are sulphates in kids hair care dangerous?

According to a journal by Environ Health Insights, sulphates in hair care are considered dangerous if in direct contact with the skin or eyes for a long period of time. Given that most hair ‘wash’ products are designed to rinse off, it’s assumed that SLS won’t be around long enough on kids heads to cause major harm. Red flag alert! ‘the assumption’…. did you wash out all the shampoo this morning?

What’s most alarming is the concentration of sulphates in hair care products.

According to a study by the Environ Health Insights Journal, the concentration of SLS found in consumer products varies by product and manufacturer but typically ranges from 0.01% to 50% in cosmetic products and 1% to 30% in cleaning products.

What parents should look out for in shampoo.

In Australia, by law, brands must list their cosmetic ingredients by percentage in descending order. Turn over the pack and focus your attention on the first 3 ingredients. Then go to your kitchen and grab out you’re washing up liquid and do the same thing. You might find some similarities! I know I did. Turns out that my Aldi washing up liquid, listed Sodium Lauryl Sulphate as its second ingredient as did my Curash baby shampoo!

The best hair care for kids

The reality is this, oil and water are never going to be friends. The good news is that scientists have come up with natural alternatives to surfactants derived from plants, fruits and vegetables.

MIMI HAIRCARE FOR KIDS Hair Wash contains 100% plant-based ingredients. Expertly formulated to clean and nourish the hair in one. This formulation uses a plant-based derivative of coconut as the surfactant making it the best hair care for kids.