Did you know a product developed in the 1950s can be the biggest problem to your human hair wig?
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (commonly known as SLS) is a widely used and inexpensive chemical found in many mainstream personal hygiene products such as shampoos, toothpastes, mouthwashes, bodywash, soaps, detergents and body wash , along with Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) and Ammonium Laurel Sulfate (ALS). SLS basically reacts to water to create a lather.
Advertising has told us over the years the more bubbles the better the clean. Unfortunately this market driven advice could be the very reason your hair is dry and frizzy. Don't clean until your hair squeaks. That squeaking sound means that you've gotten rid of all good hair oils and that is not a good thing. Your alternative hair needs tender loving care or you will risk matting and dry hair which will dramatically reduce the longevity of your hair.
Why do companies use this product? The answer is very simple, it is an incredibly cheap ingredient.
As soon as human hair is removed from the donor the hair immediately loses the ability to self repair. The hair stops receiving essential oils from the body, to keep your hair in good condition you need to add these to your hair care routine.
Now imagine using a chemical compound that is used in toilet cleaners and engine degreasers, that is not good. Unfortunately so many mainstream shampoos contain this very product (SLS). It is destroying your human hair wig before your very eyes. To prolong life expectancy of your alternative hair our advice is to read the labels.
Be careful cosmetic products do not follow the same standards as food ingredients. Many companies try to mask the inclusion by missing the word Sulphate or using acronyms. Our general rule of thumb is if your unsure stay clear. Look for Parben and Sulphate clear products. Never use volumising shampoo, this product opens the cuticle in the hair and will create friction.
And there is more.
Source BBC Trust me I'm a Doctor
"Moisturisers, shampoos and shower gels, like many other cleaning agents we find in our homes, contain detergents. These chemical compounds not only help us remove the grease, oils and dirt from our bodies but they are used to emulsify the components in washing products, which is necessary to stabilise the mixtures and keep them in the form of a cream.
However, Professor Richard Guy at Bath’s Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology found that Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS), a powerful detergent present in a large number of shampoos and soaps, can cause severe skin irritation and reduce the effectiveness of skin function when left in contact with healthy skin.
Professor Guy’s work follows on from research done at other laboratories which showed that Aqueous Cream BP, an emollient cream until recently commonly used to treat eczema, made the condition worse in many patients with eczema. SLS was identified as the irritant chemical in this product and led to official guidance advising doctors against prescribing Aqueous Cream for the treatment of eczema."
As Parents' we experienced problems with Aqueous Cream, the very product that was supposed to help was making the eczema much worse in our Daughter. Unfortunately at the time the above information was not known and our GP responded to the increased skin inflammation by informing us to use the product more regularly. The situation become unmanageable to the point her treatment plan eventually changed.
At this time the cause to the complication was unknown. It took a very strange Dental Appointment to finally provide some answers. Our daughter suffered regular mouth ulcers despite an extremely good oral hygiene routine. The dentist advised us to use toothpaste without SLS, immediately the ulcers stopped. Recently I looked at every toothpaste in a well known supermarket. Only two products from the entire range were SLS free.
With eczema and mouth ulcers under control it seems more than just a coincidence.