Sulphate in shampoo. Good or bad friend?

What are sulphates?

Popular. Very popular in fact. Often the centre of attention, sulphates create bubbles wherever they go. Found in many cosmetic 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, 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, 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 your skin’s natural defense mechanism allowing their other synthetic friends to cause you further harm.

What’s worse about sulphates like Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) they are irritating. Constantly irritating any surface, they come into contact with.

Are sulphates dangerous?

According to a journal by Environ Health Insights, sulphates are considered dangerous if in direct contact with the skin or eyes for a long period of time. Given that most cosmetic ‘wash’ products are designed to rinse off, it’s assumed that SLS won’t be around long enough 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 personal 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!

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Natural alternatives to sulphates

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 being 100% plant-based uses a derivative of coconut as our surfactant. For happy, healthy kids and hair!