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The Case for Sulphate-Free Hair Products

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Sulphate-free hair care has been a game-changer for hair health.  In this blog we take a look at what sulphates are and why alternatives to sulphates are gaining popularity.


Understanding Sulphates

Sulphates, such as sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulphate (SLES), are powerful detergents commonly found in shampoos. Their primary role is to create that thick luxurious lather we associate with cleansing. Whilst sulphates are incredibly efficient at stripping away dirt, grime, and excess oils, they also indiscriminately remove natural oils crucial for hair health. This stripping action can leave hair dry, frizzy, and more prone to damage.


Sulphate-free Alternatives

Sulphate-free hair products are formulated without sulphates and use milder, naturally derived cleansing agents. Without sulphates, these products clean your hair while maintaining its natural oils and moisture balance. This gentle approach has been a game-changer for various hair types, especially for those with sensitive scalps or dry, curly, or colour-treated hair.


Sulphate-free alternatives also protect overall hair health. By retaining natural oils, they lock in moisture, keeping hair hydrated and less prone to breakage.


Sulphates can accelerate colour fading in colour treated hair. Sulphate-free products help maintain vibrant hues for longer periods.

Sulphate-free formulas are gentler on the scalp and are less likely to cause irritation or dryness on sensitive scalps.

With consistent use, sulphate-free products contribute to overall hair health, leaving hair softer, shinier, and more manageable.


Formulators are therefore turning towards ingredients such as EXOsoft L3/40 (INCI name: Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, available through Chemgrit Cosmetics.  This is an anionic surfactant that possesses excellent washing properties and generates effective foam but is also gentle and has the ability to reduce skin irritation effect of SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulphate).  It improves foam quality in products and can be successfully incorporated in both SLES and SLES-free preparations. 


For more information on EXOsoft L3/40 and other sulphate-free hair care ingredients contact visit

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