Which sulfates should I be avoiding in a cleanser?

Cleansing

Dear Curly Suzy: The sulfate and non-sulfate issue is confusing me. I am trying to start a shampoo free routine and I have no idea what the harsh sulfates are? Please help!

Dear Alice: Here is a handy dandy list of sulfate information to work from.

Harsh sulfates to avoid in cleansers:

 

  • Sodium Laureth, Myreth, Lauryl Sulfate

 

 

  • Ammonium Lauryl and Laureth Sulfate

 

 

  • Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate

 

 

  • TEA Lauryl Sulfate

 

 

  • TEA-dodecylbenzenesulfonate

 

 

  • Sodium Alkylbenzene Sulfonate

 

 

  • Ammonium or Sodium Xylenesulfonate

 

Gentler, very mild sulfates in cleansers:

 

  • Sodium Cocyl Isethionate

 

 

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate

 

 

  • Sodium Socoyl (or lauryl/lauroyl) Sarcosinate

 

 

  • Ethyl PEG-15 Cocamine Sulfate

 

 

  • Dioctyl Sodium Sulfosuccinate

 

 

  • Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate

 

  • Methyl Cocoyl or Lauryl Taurate - mild, derived from coconut fatty acids

 

 

  • Sodium Cocoyl Glycinate

 

Thanks to our CurlChemist, Tonya McKay Becker, for help formulating these lists.