Both Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) are foaming agents (They produce the foams in our hair and skin products). They are very inexpensive, and are used in many soaps, shampoos, car wash detergents, and toothpastes. These products are very dangerous and highly irritating chemicals. They can cause damage to the hair follicle (dry itchy scalp, dandruff, burning, hair breakage, dry hair), skin damage, permanent eye damage in children and even liver toxicity.
Although sodium laureth sulfate is less irritating than SLS, it cannot be metabolized by the liver and its effects on our body tissues last longer. It stays in the body tissues for longer period of time causing the body to use more energy to get rid of it.
I understand , Sodium Laureth Sulfate is an ingredient to avoid, but what about the naturally derived Sodium Laureth Sulfate from other oils? It doesn't matter whether it comes from coconut, other essential oils, or mineral oil - it's the process the natural oil goes through that produces the final product toxic.
How do I know if there is too much Sodium Laureth Sulfate in my product?
- Never apply shampoo to your hair without wetting it first.
- Never apply shampoo to your ends.
- Always rinse your hair as quickly as possible after applying the shampoo; living it on your hair for too long can dry up your hair.
- The shampoo can be diluted in water to lower the concentration of Sodium Laureth Sulfates.
- Apply the solution to your scalp only, rub your fingers (not your nails) on your scalp to distribute the product and clean your scalp.
- Apply a moisture rich conditioner right after you are done shampooing your hair, and leave it on for at least 5 minutes before rinsing to put moisture back into your hair.