Sulfate Free Hair and Body Care
The best choice for your health, your skin and your hair
What’s all the fuss about SLS?
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, or SLS, is a very powerful detergent that cuts grease and makes foam in soaps, body washes and shampoos. Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Coco Sulfate, and Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate are all variations of SLS and are all inexpensive. Known as the Sulfates, they have recently come under the spotlight in the media; less for the harm they cause to overall health, and more for their effects on popular chemical treatments such as Keratin or Brazilian blowouts. As a powerful degreaser, SLS strips the hair of these treatments leaving the effects of the treatment rapidly diminished.
Surely if Sulfates are stripping away these treatments then they are stripping away the natural oils in your hair?
This is certainly the case. Stripping the skin and hair of natural oils, raising the pH and disrupting the natural microbes, all create stressed skin and hair, which struggles to normalise. The skin has a natural barrier, which protects it from every day stressors, so constantly stripping this barrier with strong surfactants disrupts the skin’s normal function. Stripping the hair and skin of natural oils and then adding chemicals to reverse these effects seems counterintuitive to brands like Africa Organics, who use the most gentle surfactants and add natural ingredients to treat specific concerns.
Africa Organics uses the mildest combination of surfactants (foaming agents) in its Hair and Body Care line. The combination of Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate (derived from Coconut Oil) and Decyl Glucoside (derived from Corn sugar) in their products, delivers luxurious foam while minimizing irritability to skin. This surfactant system is far milder than SLS (less than half the irritancy) and its biodegradability is really impressive. So it’s far better for you and for the environment and our watercourses. In addition, reaction rates to Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate and Decyl Glucoside are 75% less than SLS. In other words, this combination is super gentle on hair and skin. Considering Sulfates have been proven to cause serious skin and scalp irritation and worsen chronic skin hypersensitivity and eczema, Africa Organics felt this radical move away from what everyone else is using, was very important in their 100% Natural product offering.
What can you expect from switching to Africa Organics sulfate-free range?
First and foremost, the range doesn’t come with the normal Sulfate-free price tag. Sulfate free products are notorious for being much more expensive but Africa Organics has stayed true to its founding principle of offering an affordable certified organic line.
Africa Organics is 100% natural and is certified organic by Ecocert France. Ecocert ensure that the products are free of chemicals that have been highlighted as potential health risks. They also trace the ingredients back to the farmer and audit the production facility twice a year. For the consumer this means that they get a safe product that holds true to the environmental principles of the organic movement.