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How surfactants in your shampoo can permanently damage your hair.

Full, dense, strong and shiny hair. This is the com­mon ide­al of beau­ty, whether for men or women. Hundreds of prod­ucts promise us to get a lit­tle clos­er to this dream. Whether you have curly or smooth, dry or greasy, dam­aged or dyed hair — for every hair type there is the right sham­poo, the ide­al care rinse or the per­fect hair cure.

But while racy beau­ties shake their bulging hair back and forth for a com­mer­cial to sell you the illu­sion of per­fect hair, the use of some prod­ucts in your own home can become a real night­mare. Because: Many ingre­di­ents are any­thing but nour­ish­ing and can not only make the hair brit­tle and brit­tle, but can even lead to increased hair loss.


Foams or (Alb)Dreams?

To help sham­poos remove dirt and fat from the hair and rinse them with water, they con­tain so-called sur­fac­tants. These can be found every­where in deter­gents. Especially in per­son­al care prod­ucts, they pro­vide the won­der­ful foam that gives us the feel­ing that every­thing is now real­ly clean. There are both nat­ur­al and syn­thet­ic sur­fac­tants, with the sur­fac­tants of nat­ur­al ori­gin being giv­en slight­ly less harm than the pure­ly chem­i­cal vari­ant. They are divid­ed into mild to sharp sul­fates. The sharp­er and more aggres­sive the sur­fac­tant, the more harm­ful it is to the envi­ron­ment and, of course, to our body and hair.

The sharpest sul­fate you should def­i­nite­ly avoid is sodi­um lau­rel sul­fate (SLS). Since it is cheap to man­u­fac­ture, it is most com­mon­ly used. Due to its high­ly degreas­ing effect, dry hair, dry scalp and aller­gic reac­tions are among the poten­tial side effects. It dis­turbs the nat­ur­al bal­ance of skin and hair. The skin pro­duces more sebum to coun­ter­act this, but the sur­fac­tants remove the skin’s nat­ur­al pro­tec­tive fat film again and again.

This can cause scalp itch­ing and, in the worst case, hair loss. Surfactants are also known to inhib­it new hair growth. But beware. On the pack­ag­ing, SLS is also called sodi­um lau­ryl sul­fate and oth­er names, which is why it is not always easy to see what is real­ly behind the indi­vid­ual ingre­di­ents.

Clean hair

At the expense of health

Other aggres­sive sul­fates are Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), Sodium Myreth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate and Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS), Ammonium-Laureth Sulfate (ALES), Methylgluceth, Laureth‑2 and Laureth‑3, Methylisothiazolinone, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate and Sodium Coco Sarylcosinate. They often con­tain residues of formalde­hyde and are sus­pect­ed to be car­cino­genic.

Although SLES is often tout­ed as a less aggres­sive vari­ant, the 1.4‑dioxane is pro­duced as a by-prod­uct, which is very sim­i­lar to the female hor­mone estro­gen and can there­fore con­fuse our hor­mone bal­ance. In men, it can have a neg­a­tive effect on sperm pro­duc­tion and lead to infer­til­i­ty in women.

Lauryl sul­fates are absorbed through the skin and accu­mu­late in the body. Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Disodium Laureth and Sulfosuccinate, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate are some­what milder, but not com­plete­ly harm­less. These are also used in nat­ur­al cos­met­ics, but this does not mean that these ingre­di­ents are com­plete­ly harm­less.

glückliche junge Frau im FriseursalonShampoo from the professional hairdresser

Is more expensive really better?

A pop­u­lar trick of the adver­tis­ing indus­try is to claim that salon prod­ucts, which often cost a lot of the con­ven­tion­al hair care prod­ucts from the drug­store or super­mar­ket, are bet­ter. But, as Öko-Test found out, the sig­nif­i­cant­ly more expen­sive friseur-exclu­sive care prod­ucts are often far from harm­less.

In addi­tion to aggres­sive sur­fac­tants, super­flu­ous UV fil­ters, arti­fi­cial musk scents and preser­v­a­tives belong­ing to the con­tro­ver­sial halo­gen-organ­ic com­pounds have also been detect­ed. The sub­stances are deposit­ed in the body and have already been detect­ed in breast milk.

But that’s not all. The fra­grances hydrox­yc­itronel­lal and lyral and the sub­stance methylchloroisoth­ia­zoli­none have also been detect­ed in many hair­dress­ing prod­ucts, all of which can cause con­tact aller­gies. Five prod­ucts even con­tained car­cino­genic formalde­hyde releasers. Conclusion: One in three prod­ucts fell through mer­ci­less­ly.

CodeCheck & ToxFox

2 apps to give you an overview

Who expects that hair care prod­ucts can also be the rea­son why the hair starts to break or even fail? Most of us ful­ly trust the man­u­fac­tur­ers and believe in the images of avo­ca­dos, valu­able oils and silky pro­teins, although at best only a few drops of nat­ur­al ingre­di­ents are hid­den in the sham­poo.

So that you can do with­out unwant­ed ingre­di­ents in the future, even though the spe­cial­ist Chinese on the back of the pack­ag­ing says noth­ing to you, I rec­om­mend the apps: CodeCheck and ToxFox. These apps allow you to check the con­tent of your favorite body care prod­ucts before you buy them, right in-store.

While ToxFox focus­es on hor­mon­al pol­lu­tants in around 80,000 per­son­al care prod­ucts, Codecheck pro­vides a much larg­er overview, mak­ing the app an extreme­ly use­ful pur­chas­ing con­sul­tant. With CodeCheck, you can find out in a few sec­onds whether there are unde­sir­able pol­lu­tants such as sur­fac­tants, parabens, nanopar­ti­cles, paraf­fins or microplas­tics in your sham­poo. You can also set oth­er para­me­ters that are impor­tant to you, such as whether the prod­ucts are veg­an or veg­e­tar­i­an, or whether palm oil has been used. Here you can check not only sham­poos for your ingre­di­ents, but also many oth­er per­son­al care prod­ucts, house­hold items and more recent­ly also foods.

Both apps are avail­able for free down­load in the iTunesStore and GooglePlayStore. Once down­loaded, you can eas­i­ly scan the bar­code with your mobile phone or enter the EAN num­ber when you shop — you will get all the infor­ma­tion at a glance.

The dose makes the poison

Take a closer look at your favorite products

If you already suf­fer from hair loss, or your hair is dull, brit­tle and brit­tle, then it is def­i­nite­ly worth look­ing into your own bath­room. With the CodeCheck and ToxFox apps, you can scan the bar­codes of exist­ing prod­ucts and see if the rea­son for your hair loss is already lurk­ing in your own four walls.

Keep in mind that your sham­poo is not the only source of sur­fac­tants. In all cleans­ing prod­ucts, espe­cial­ly those that foam, there are sur­fac­tants, which are eas­i­ly absorbed through the skin and then accu­mu­late in the body. In hair care prod­ucts, sodi­um lau­ryl sul­fate also accu­mu­lates exact­ly where hair loss begins: in the hair roots.

The hair roots are no longer ade­quate­ly sup­plied with nutri­ents and a growth stop occurs. With long-term use, it can even lead to hair loss. Any hair wash with sul­fates thus increas­es the risk of pre­ma­ture hair loss.

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Set to internal values

Because less is sometimes more.

You see, adver­tis­ing is far from what it promis­es. Whether you buy the cheap sham­poo from the drug­store or rely on expen­sive salon prod­ucts. So that there is no nasty awak­en­ing, you should always take a close look at the list of ingre­di­ents and not just rely on the promis­ing pack­ag­ing.

In par­tic­u­lar, already dam­aged, dry or brit­tle hair is even more dam­aged by the strong clean­ing effect and the degreas­ing effect of the sur­fac­tants. New hair growth is inhib­it­ed and there is increased hair loss.

When it comes to sur­fac­tants, less is def­i­nite­ly more. Do not use the beau­ti­ful foam — your hair will thank you.

Tip: If you are already using Factor Hair
for hair care or to stim­u­late new hair growth, please do not use sham­poos or hair care prod­ucts con­tain­ing sil­i­cones or sodi­um lau­ryl sul­fates (SLS).


Sulfate im Shampoo: Weshalb sie so beden­klich sind

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