Updated May 12, 2018
With all the damage we cause our hair by simply blow drying it, coloring it, and exposing it to the sun and chlorine in the summertime, one of the easiest ways of caring for it daily is using sulfate free shampoos. What are sulfates? Sulfates, or Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), are an anionic detergent found in most personal care products such as soaps and toothpastes. Sulfates are used because they cut through grease, they’re an inexpensive ingredient, and they produce suds. Most consumers believe that this foaming effect means the product is doing its job of cleaning. But the fact is, sulfate-harboring shampoos often strip hair of its essential oils and even strips away pigmentation from hair dye.