SLS (sodium lauryl sulphate) and why we need to avoid it | SNI Blog

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Shampoo was not always formulated by chemists or in the factory, this is a very new approach that came into vogue during the late 19th and early 20th century.

What is Sodium Lauryl Sulphate?

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) which is a sulphate is the ingredient in shampoos that we recognise as the lathering agent, but it is also the deviant culprit or cause of many hair loss issues. Typically it is used because it is a cheap ingredient and we love the foamy bubbles that it creates for our hair and bodies. Mostly all shampoos out there contain SLS as the main ingredient, serving as a base to the surfactant.

However, when you use a shampoo that contains SLS as their main ingredient, you are drowning your head in a harsh detergent that is considered among the most irritating surfactants associated with skin dryness and redness. Over 95 percent of all commercial shampoos on the market use this ingredient in their formula.

How does SLS work?

SLS is a potent de-greaser as it binds to the dirt and grease on both your hair and scalp. After you rinse your hair, the grime is drawn down the drain by the SLS. However, even once the SLS is rinsed, the residue from the SLS can remain on the hair and scalp and with continued exposure on the hair and scalp will certainly make the hair and scalp dry out and certain sensitivity issues could appear. Over time, your hair will no longer be the same.

SLS is also found in detergents that are useful in cleaning garage floors and engines. As it dissolves the grease on an engine, it also dissolves vital skin oils on the skin that result in dryness.

How does SLS effect hair and hair loss

The true concern lies in the effects of SLS just after a follicle has shed the hair. The exposed and open follicles die when exposed to the acidic properties of SLS for long periods of time or in high doses and as part of the hair cycle, the average person sheds over a hundred hairs daily which leaves the hair follicle open to attack by the SLS and its’ harmful, irritating, and drying qualities. When the hair follicle is completely dead, the hair will not grow back.

Shampoos are the most frequently reported products to the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is responsible for eye irritations, tangled split and fuzzy hair, and scalp irritations. There are also reported cases of it being responsible for the swelling of the face and arms.

Ingredients in SNI Natural Hair Care

SNI natural hair care use healthy alternatives to the use of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate in their Care line and have replaced this damaging ingredient with more naturally derived options to cleanse the hair and reduce the irritation that other surfactants (SLS) cause. These ingredients have the ability to also smooth out the hair structure increasing shine and manageability.

SNI Natural use ingredients such as SCS which is a coconut derivative foaming agent, coco glucoside, decyl glucoside, soap bark and cocomidopropyl betaine. SNI currently have two types of shampoo conditioners, the miracle growth shampoo and conditioner and the protein boost shampoo conditioner.

SNI hair care Reviews

Our reviews can be seen below, and you can learn more about other ingredients in SNI hair care HERE

https://snihaircare.co.uk/sni-hair-care-online-shop/

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