Your guide to SLS free shampoo
This guide gives you all the information you need on sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) free shampoos.
We look at the effects of SLS and benefits of using an SLS-free shampoo and understand how using organic hair care differs from your regular high street products.
If you have an itchy or flaky scalp, one of the simplest things you can try is washing your hair with an SLS-free shampoo. An SLS-free shampoo does not contain the harsh and irritating ingredient sodium lauryl sulphate, which is a foaming agent (detergent) used by many of the big brands in hair care.
SLS-free shampoo for naturally gorgeous hair
We offer a wide range of organic, SLS-free shampoos for different hair types. We use much gentler foaming agents based on Coconut and Yucca, which work just as well but are less likely to cause scalp problems.
As well as SLS, our organic shampoos are free from all harsh chemical additives and instead contain pure, organic Aloe Vera, Rosemary, Avocado and other powerful, yet gentle, natural plant actives.
"Our SLS-free shampoo will gently cleanse your hair without stripping your scalp of its protective oils."
Our shampoos are perfect if you have extremely sensitive skin and will gently cleanse your hair without stripping your scalp of its protective oils. Your hair will be left looking naturally healthy, glossy and lustrous.
You only need use a small amount of our SLS-free shampoos and natural conditioners. They are based on Aloe Vera instead of water, highly concentrated and not watered down like most conventional brands. In fact, using less can mean even better results - less is more.
Why is SLS used in shampoos?
There are two main reasons that SLS is such a popular ingredient in shampoos. Firstly, it is cheap as it is produced synthetically, making it ideal for low-cost brands. Secondly, it is a very effective cleansing agent and creates lots of foam when mixed with water.
However SLS is a too powerful detergent and not all of its effects are good which is why many people are now trying to find SLS free shampoos as it can cause scalp problems.
What are the effects of SLS?
SLS is a known to be irritating to the skin so it is not surprising then that it can cause scalp problems when frequently applied as part of a shampoo. It is recognised as being one of the most irritating of the foaming agents used in shampoos.
"SLS is used as a laboratory standard for irritating skin due to its ability to penetrate and damage the skin barrier."
Its irritating effects can create an itchy, flaky scalp and now more and more people are looking for a shampoo without SLS.
SLS is a known skin and scalp irritant and is used as a laboratory standard for irritating skin due to its ability to penetrate and damage the skin barrier.