Is Shampoo Bad For Hair?

For years there has been debate over whether common shampoos do more harm than good to hair. Central to this controversy is the argument that chemical sulfates found in most commercial shampoos strip the hair of its natural oils and moisture damaging the strands and creating dry and frizzy hair.

Sulfates are known skin irritants and are found in a wide variety of cleaning products as a detergent, even including extremely strong industrial cleaning products. This fact has led people to question it’s effect on hair. Some have even gone so far as to claim sulfates can cause hair loss and impair hair growth. Whether this is true or not is not a proven fact.

What has been found is that many people who experience dry or frizzy hair report that the condition of their hair was significantly improved after they stopped using shampoo containing sulfates.

On the other side of the argument, shampoo producers claim that small amounts of sulfates such as those typically used in their products and found in the ingredient list as “Sodium Lauryl Sulfate” or “Lauryl Sulfate” do not harm the hair and are necessary to clean the hair as well as they do.

It is possible to clean your hair too much to the point that it becomes dried out and damaged. For those who have dry, frizzy or damaged hair it is probably a good idea to stop using sulfate containing shampoo and switch to another product.

There are many hair care products available today that do not contain any of these drying ingredients. Wen Hair Care for example is a great new complete hair care line that actually doesn’t include a shampoo. Proponents of more natural hair care methods rave about these kinds of products that cleanse without irritating or drying the hair and scalp.