Sulfate free does not mean Surfactant free

I recently went through a No Poo disaster. I kept up with taking the photos for the most part, up until this past week because there was a lot of traveling going on, on top of my hair not really changing.  Update coming on that soon.  I also need to do a little more research to try to figure out precisely why it happened in the first place.

I had been reading a little on shampoo bars and other No Poo methods beyond BS/ACV.  So I started looking around at the ingredients on certain products.

Lush shampoo bars ALL have SLS, for example.  Other things I looked at had ingredients that seemed very similar to SLS, like Sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, and Sodium lauroyl methyl isethionate.  Both are Surfactants, but are considered more gentle than Sulfates.

What does that mean? Well it depends on what you’re after. If you want to avoid detergents in your shampoo, something labeled “Sulfate free” likely isn’t going to cut it.  Sulfate free it will be, but it will probably have a less harsh detergent instead.  If you just want something more gentle, but not as “extreme” as going totally No Poo, then a Sulfate free shampoo is probably for you.

Of course there are Shampoo bars that are more natural, Chagrin Valley is one I’ve read a lot about. I may give them a try. Depends on what I find from trying to figure out my No Poo fiasco, if it was some sort of error on my part or just this method not turning out to be so ideal for me in the long-term.

Time for more research!  I love research if you hadn’t noticed, haha! I am not discouraged. There are many No Poo methods, what works for some, won’t work for others.  I don’t view having to possibly switch methods as a set back.