Sodium laurel sulfates or sodium laureth sulfates are surfactants that you can find in your shampoos and soaps. These surfactants are put into shampoos to create that big, soapy, lather we all love. But, little does the consumer know, that same lather is causing a multitude of issues on not only your hair but your skin too. According to the Journal of American College of Toxicology, it is considered safe to use sulfates below 1 percent in our products for short periods of time, but shampoos that contain sulfates could have around 15 percent.
These sulfates can cause different issues depending on the condition of your hair and skin. Sulfates in your shampoo can cause dryness, color fading, dry skin, skin irritations, and breakage. Sulfates are in there to rid your hair of dirt and oil, but they simultaneously strip your hair of its natural oils. This results in your hair over-producing oils to compensate, which can eventually lead to chronic oily hair.