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Sulfate Free Dandruff Shampoo

Updated on September 21, 2014

Things To Know About Sulfate Free Dandruff Shampoos

Sulfate Free? I've always had issues with a sensitive scalp, but I've never had any major dandruff problems. I've been using a dandruff shampoo for as long as I can remember. My reasoning may have been faulty, but it seemed to offer some relief.

I've been hearing a lot about the sulfate free shampoos and thought I'd give them a try. Surprise, surprise they leave my hair clean and don't agitate my scalp. Read on for more information or scroll below to check out the different products.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is known to cause skin irritation and even rashes for certain people who are sensitive to the chemical. In recent years there have also been concerns that SLS is linked to an increased cancer risk.

With the possibility of skin irritation and the scare of cancer risk, Sulfate Free Products are becoming more popular. Sodium auryl sulfate has been an added to dandruff shampoos for many years. The SLS is added to give the foaming action to detergent products such as dandruff shampoos.

If you can get used to using a dandruff shampoo that doesn't foam up you will have no problems adjusting to a sulfate free product. If you have a sensitivity to SLS you should notice a reduction in scalp itching and redness right away.

Currently there is no definitive data regarding the claims of increased risk of cancer from using product containing SLS, but as mentioned all you're really giving up by switching to a sulfate free product is the foaming bubbles, so maybe better safe than sorry is the thought of the day.

There are several highly rated sulfate free dandruff shampoos available through the amazon market place you'll see them highlighted below.

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Dandruff Relief Shampoo by Jason - 12 Ounces

Sulfate Free Dandruff Shampoo For Serious Dandruff Sufferers

Jason offers a solution for serious dandruff problems. Reading the Amazon reviews this is a sulfate free dandruff shampoo that can be used daily until your dandruff is under control and then every other day or two once it's under control.

Product Features

-Rosemary, Olive and Jojoba naturally heal the scalp

-Colloidal Sulfur eliminates dry, itchy and flaky scalp

-MSM amplifies the shampoo's benefits

For more information including current pricing and availability follow the Amazon link box. Image Credit: Amazon

Environmental Protection Agency Findings

According To An EPA Fact Sheet: "The Agency concludes that the registered product and use of sodium lauryl sulfate should not result in unreasonable adverse effects to human health or the environment." You can download the EPA Fact Sheet Here

Even with the EPA finding, many consumers are not convinced that it safe to use products containing LS and are therefore opting to purchase products that are sodium lauryl sulfate free.

What Is Sulfate Free Shampoo

Question: What is sulfate free shampoo and why should I use it?

Answer: Sulfates are the additives in soaps, shampoos, toothpastes, and other products that make them foamy or bubbly. Manufacturers have been adding sulfates to these products for decades, knowing that they give us the perception that they are working better than the their competition. The thing is that these days just about everyone uses the additives so there is no longer a measurable market advantage to using phosphate additives.

The new trend is to go back to sulfate free. Sulfate free shampoos will leave your hair less frizzy, especially if your hair type makes you prone to that. The other big advantage is for those of you that die or color your hair. The sulfate free shampoos will do less damage to to the coloring, e.g. your hair color will look better longer. There has also been a group that advocates sulfates are a cancer causing agent. Apparently the FDA has done it's own studies and states it cannot find the evidence that backs this up.

I doubt we'll be seeing a major consumer shift to sulfate free products, simply because foamy and bubbly still sells better, but if you can get used to working with a shampoo that doesn't lather up you can certainly gain the benefits of a prolonged hair color, less frizziness and the knowledge of knowing that you're eliminating the use of one more chemical additive from the products you use.

DermOrganic Sulfate-Free Conditioning Shampoo, 33.8 fl. oz. / Liter Derm Organic with Argan Oil

DermOrganic Conditioning Shampoo With Argan Oil - You Tube review

Have You Used A Sulfate Free Shampoo?

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      5 years ago

      great lens for those of us who struggle against the flakes; however, haven't used sulfate free

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      5 years ago

      Sounds like a better shampoo if its sulfate free. Thank you for this article. :)

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      6 years ago

      I'm always interested in natural alternatives.


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