Sulfates In Shampoo: Are They Bad For You?

WOMEN'S HEALTH MAGAZINE | on Fri, Mar 17, 11:22 AM

Here's the lowdown: These detergents lather well (which surveys show people like). The most common types are sodium lauryl sulfate, ammonium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, and ammonium laureth sulfate. Note laureth versus lauryl. The -eth suffix means oxygen has been added, making it milder and more water-soluble. Laureth sulfates may not cleanse as well but won't strip as much oil—some people find lauryl sulfates too drying. (It's a myth, though, that they strip color. Even water al...

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