The Effects of Sulfate

12:53 PM Keenya Kelly 0 Comments

Good Afternoon Naturalistas!!! So I've been trying to get around educating you all on what Sulfate is...because nowadays we keep hearing...use a Sulfate Free Shampoo, but only a few people have taken the time to educate you on what Sulfate is and why we need to steer clear from it. Personally, I wasn't taking care of my hair to the best of my ability my first year, but now I have been seriously making a conscious effort to learn what it is that I am puttingin my hair, and what I am recommending others put in their hair. 

Here is what I found out about Sulfate:

By David Steinman, from Healthy Living
Talk to many health-conscious consumers today about personal care products and one of their main topics of concern is use of the allegedly dangerous shampoo ingredient, sodium lauryl sulfate. But is sodium lauryl sulfate truly dangerous or has it received a bad rap? Or does the answer lay somewhere between these two extremes?
This is not an inconsequential question, since our recent marketplace review of more than 100 leading brands of shampoos indicates that most contain this ingredient. The reason sodium lauryl sulfate is used, we believe, is because it is an inexpensive detergent and makes mixtures foam well.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate All shampoos are irritating. Shampoos rank among the products most often reported to the Food and Drug Administration for association with scalp irritation, stinging eyes, and tangled, split, and fuzzy hair. Most shampoos contain synthetic detergents for washing hair. But is sodium lauryl sulfate the culprit when it comes to irritation?
What Science Says About Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
In its final report on the safety of sodium lauryl sulfate, the Journal of the American College of Toxicology notes that this ingredient has a "degenerative effect on the cell membranes because of its protein denaturing properties." What's more, the journal adds, "high levels of skin penetration may occur at even low use concentration."
Interestingly, sodium lauryl sulfate "is used around the world in clinical studies as a skin irritant," notes the journal. The publication expressed additional concerns:
  • Carcinogenic nitrosamines can form in the manufacturing of sodium lauryl sulfate or by its inter-reaction with other nitrogen-bearing ingredients within a formulation utilizing this ingredient. the hair follicle could result from such deposition.
  • Other studies have indicated that sodium lauryl sulfate enters and maintains residual levels in the heart, liver, lungs and brain from skin contact. This poses the question whether it could be a serious potential health threat from its use in shampoos, cleansers, and toothpastes.
  • Still other research has indicated sodium lauryl sulfate may be damaging to the immune system, especially within the skin. Skin layers may separate and inflame due to its protein denaturing properties.
  • Although sodium lauryl sulfate is not carcinogenic in experimental studies, it has been shown that it causes severe epidermal changes in the area it is applied, indicating a need for tumor-enhancing assays. Additional studies have found that sodium lauryl sulfate is heavily deposited on the skin surface and in the hair follicles.
For more your homework!!! Ladies...this was definitely eye opening for me!!!! With this info, you can find LOTS of sulfate free shampoo's!! I am currently using Trader Joe's Nourishing Spa, Jane Carter or RenPure by Organix!!!