Most traditional shampoos are terrible for curly hair. They will strip your natural oils and leave your hair dry and frizzy. Why is that? They have Sulfates in them.
Sulfates (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, and Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate ) are surfactants that are found in shampoos, cosmetics and even industrial cleansers and degreasers. They are the bubbling and lathering agent in these cleaning products, and we all know that bubbles are the way to clean, right? Wrong!
Many studies have shown Sulfates to be dangerous! Products that are absorbed through the skin are much more potent and they go right to our bloodstream. They have been shown to possibly cause cancer, reproduction problems, and hair loss as well as many other ailments. You can read more about Deadly and Dangerous Shampoos here.
We can have clean hair without putting ourselves at risk! More and more companies are recognizing the dangers of sulfates and are developing Sulfate-Free Shampoos. If you cannot find one, DevaCurl of course, as a line, is free of this harsh chemical; hence the name of their cleanser: No-Poo.
Since cleansing the hair is achieved by the friction of your finger pads on your scalp, you can actually cleanse your scalp with a good conditioner. In the curly world this is called Co-Washing. If you really can't give up the bubbles, ask me about Sulfate-Free Lo-Poo by DevaCurl that does have a chemical-free lathering agent.
As members of CHA (Curly Hair Artistry) and your local curly hair specialists, we welcome you to learn along with us!