I would like to occasionally do posts on how to select products. I think that it will save you as much money as it has saved me. If I don't see what I need on the ingredients list, I put the product back on the shelf and keep on moving. In this post I'll be sharing what I look for in a shampoo (or cleanser...or cowash...or cleansing cream).
You would be surprised at the number of cleanser on the market that do not have any cleansing ingredients at all. One popular cleansing conditioner (who shall not be named) contains not a single cleansing ingredient. People are having issues with this cleanser and the lack of cleansing ingredients may be the reason.
Surfactants are the things that act on the surface (get it? ha!) to cleanse the hair. In my weekly shampoo I look for surfactants that will cleanse but not OVER cleanse my hair. I'll save the heavy duty cleaning for monthly cleansings.
Some gentle surfactants are as follows:
Sodium Lauryl Sulphoacetate
Sodium Cocoyl (or lauryl/lauroyl) Sarcosinate
Absence of Harsh Surfactants
Seeing these gentle surfactants on the ingredients list isn't enough to make me buy. I also look for the absence of known harsh surfactants.
Some harsh surfactants are as follows:
Sodium (Lauryl/Laureth) Sulfate
Ammonium (Lauryl/Laureth) Sulfate
sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate
Sulfates are not in themselves bad. They just cause me a bit more frizz than I'm into. I tend to have more volume when I've used a heavy duty cleanser. I still use cleansers with these ingredients...just not all the time.
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