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ather, rinse, repeat” has appeared on the directions of shampoo bottles everywhere for years. Although lathering cleanser into hair has become the standard, the chemicals that make your hair products foam up are actually the same ones that dry out and damage your hair.

Sulfate, also known as sodium lauryl sulfate or SLS, is a chemical found in most hair cleansing products currently on the market, and it’s the same chemical used in kitchen cleaning products as a grease cutter and drying agent. Even though most don’t think of Dawn dish detergent as a good shampoo substitute, these chemicals remain in the majority of our shampoo products because they are a surfactant, meaning they allow the mixing of oil and water to create that lather sensation we all associate with cleanliness. The problem is if these sulfates can cut the grease in the kitchen, you can only imagine how they react to the natural oils found in hair. Depriving your hair of these natural oils not only dries out hair, leading to frizz and breakage, but it also causes the body to create excess oil. This can lead to acne on the skin it comes in contact with, over-washing and damaged hair, which can also cause dandruff. Sulfates have also been known to impair hair growth, cause eye damage in young children and irritate skin in large quantities.

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Here are a few sulfate-free products available today:

SALON GRAFIX: At only $7.99 a bottle, this is a shampoo and conditioner that doesn’t strip hair of natural oils, creating shiny hair that’s not weighed down. Salon Grafix uses soy and wheat proteins to moisturize strands.

HAIR ONE: This cleansing conditioner uses argan oil, keratin, fatty acids, proteins and other nutrients to improve hair health, and a 12-ounce bottle can be found online for $11.99.

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FOR THOSE ON A BUDGET HOPING TO CUT SULFATES OUT OF THEIR HAIR REGIMEN, HERE IS AN EASY HOMEMADE SOLUTION. Combine 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 1 cup of warm or hot water until baking soda is dissolved, and use immediately. For conditioner, simply use apple cider vinegar. It can be left in or rinsed out after.

Sources: healthyhairplus.com, livestrong.com

WEN: This shampoo and conditioner combination uses glycerin, chamomile extract, wild cherry bark, rosemary extract and panthenol to strengthen, smooth and moisturize hair. A 30-day kit can be purchased for $29.95.

Marion Healthy Living May'13  

Inspiring A Healthier, Balanced Lifestyle

Marion Healthy Living May'13  

Inspiring A Healthier, Balanced Lifestyle