When it comes to shampoo, many people think the sudsier the better. In fact, the very ingredient that causes those foaming bubbles is also responsible for hair damage. The “Journal of the American College of Toxicology” has reported that sodium lauryl sulfate, the foaming ingredient found in nearly all your everyday drugstore shampoos, puts not only your hair at risk, but your health as well. For this reason, more people are investing in the slightly more pricey sulfate-free shampoos.
Kim Vo Enrich Moisturizing Shampoo
Enrich is a sulphate- and sodium chloride-free color protectant shampoo and purifier for normal to dry, color-treated hair. It contains silk polypeptides, which replenish moisture and leave hair feeling smoother and looking shinier. As an added bonus, Enrich offers sun and pollution protection. A bottle of this shampoo runs around $24.
Life Solutions Alterna Scalp Therapy Shampoo
Life Solutions Scalp Therapy Shampoo provides soothing, sulfate-free cleansing. This gentle formula promotes circulation to the hair follicles without stripping hair color. Despite its lack of sodium lauryl sulfate, this shampoo is able to work up a decent lather. For about $24 per bottle, Scalp Therapy is a average-cost choice for those looking to make the switch from harmful shampoos to healthful, sulfate-free ones.
Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat Shampoo
For less than $10 per bottle, Tea Tree Triple Treat Shampoo by Giovanni is a more cost-conscientious option. Tea Tree Triple Treat Shampoo is made with a blend of rosemary oil, thyme oil, nettle oil, chamomile oil and tea tree oil, which combine to soothe and revitalize the scalp. It also contains vitamin E, trace minerals and soybean proteins, which help to nourish and revitalize skin cells.
Jonathan Product Green Rootine Nourishing Shampoo
This $20 option is formulated entirely out of all natural ingredients. Jonathan Product Green Rootine Nourishing Shampoo contains coconut, jojoba and rosemary extract as well as olive, spearmint, orange and avocado oils, which are meant to rid the hair and scalp of impurities. Green Rootine can be used on all hair types, and is safe to use on color-treated hair.
Carol’s Daughter Rosemary Mint Purifying Shampoo
Rosemary Mint Purifying Shampoo by Carol’s Daughter is another shampoo formulated without harmful sulfates. This particular shampoo aims to help restore hair to its original, shiny, healthy state. Rosemary Mint Purifying Shampoo provides
a deep clean, and removes product build-up as well as daily toxins. A bottle of this runs around $12.
References and ResourcesNatural Health Information Centre: Reprint of "Journal of the American College of Toxicology": Final Report on the Safety Assessment of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Academic Dictionaries and Encyclopedias: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate