What are Sulfates, and are They Bad?

What are Sulfates, and are They Bad?
Sulfates are considered a shampooing staple. However, the use of sulfates in shampoo has started to become controversial.

So what are sulfates anyway? They are a cleaning agent known to make your shampoo sudsy. Sulfates remove grime and dead skin cells from your skin and scalp and washed away with water. While this may be beneficial to some, people with dry or frizzy hair may need the natural oils that sulfates will also wash away. Sulfates will also reduce the longevity of artificial coloring in the hair, causing people with colored hair to avoid these shampoos in order to prolong the longevity of the dye. Another solution to this problem is to reduce the frequency of shampooing.

However, not all sulfates are created equal. The two common sulfates with a bad reputation are sodium laureth sulfate and ammonium laureth sulfate. This is because they are a more powerful cleaning agent. At Parrotfish, we use a less harsh sulfate to make our safe synthetic bars lather to give you the best of both worlds. However, we realize that sulfates are not for everyone. This is why we also carry natural shampoo bars that do not contain sulfates. To learn more about the difference between safe synthetic and natural shampoo bars read more here.

Happy Shampooing!