Get Sulfate-Free Shampoo without Sacrifice

Sulfates have earned a reputation as the bad guys in your shampoo. But, as with all bad guys, they can make you feel oh so good.


What are sulfates?

Sulfates are cleansing agents, or detergents. You can find sulfates in your carpet cleaners, toilet cleaning products, engine degreasers – and your shampoo.

Why are they used?

They’ve got muscle. Sulfates produce foam and cut through grease. They are used in shampoo to produce that luxurious lather we love.

Why are they bad?

Just like that bad guy, they feel great but come with some pretty harsh repercussions. As far back as the 70s, sulfates have been found to be irritating to the skin and eyes, and produce allergic reactions. That means problems like scalp irritation, hair loss, dry hair, brittle hair and split ends could be due in part to your shampoo. Not to mention rinsing them down your drain may hurt cute little aquatic animals.


But I love that Lather.

Of course you do. We all do. That lather makes us feel like our hair is getting clean and moisturized, not to mention it produces the lubrication for a great scalp massage.

So when we take the sulfates out of the shampoo, they don’t have that lather? That used to be true. The good news is that more brands are creating sulfate-free shampoos that don’t come with sacrifice.

We carry two brands that have mastered sulfate-free shampoos. They’re the good guys that you want to keep; the ones that are okay to introduce to the parents but just as much fun behind your shower curtain.



Don’t Sacrifice:

Alterna Caviar Brightening Blonde and Replenishing Moisture Shampoo

Alterna’s Caviar line is sulfate-free, paraben-free and gluten-free. The brightening blonde shampoo and conditioner and the replenishing moisture shampoo and conditioner are our most luxurious products. The purple brightening shampoo is thick and produces a creamy lather. It won’t leave you wanting. And it will keep all shades of blonde, both natural and colored, bright and shiny.


Arrojo Shine Luxe and Gentle Shampoo

We have Arrojo’s two sulfate-free shampoos. Arrojo products are our newest addition at The Chameleon Salon. They’re made by a professional and sold only in professional salons. And because they are shipped directly from the company, they don’t come with a double markup. The Shine Luxe formula’s clean scent will remind you of that bad boy without making your hair smell masculine. And it’s rich lather will leave your hair super soft and shiny. Or you can relish in the soft honey scent of their Gentle shampoo. It’s perfect for good girls and boys, or those just trying to pose.


Other Persuasive Facts:

·         The Canadian Environmental Domestic Substances List classifies sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) and sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) as being toxic or harmful to humans.

·         Studies have suggested that SLS has mutagenic properties and may therefore lead to cancer.


As with any adventure of finding the right hair product, it’s trial and error. But sulfate-free shampoos do cost more. So why try every sulfate-free shampoo on the shelves?

After all, it’s our job as your hairstylist to help you find the right product for your hair. Our clients at The Chameleon Salon are not usually singing Kumbaya around the campfire every night while munching vegan goodies. But we know you care about your hair and your health. Our job is to help you find products that are healthy for you and perform.

Stop in this month to try our Alterna Caviar or the Arrojo sulfate-free shampoos, our newest addition on the shelf. We won’t tell if you’re oohing and ahing in the shower like that cheap hair commercial.


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