Regarding sulfates, especially sodium coco-sulfate, I've heard opinions and information all over the place. Personally I like to refer to articles or research or the science behind something rather than someone's opinion, but that's nearly impossible to do when you, say, Google "sodium coco-sulfate" and find 2 articles written a few years apart by the same author that state completely different information. Logic would lead me to believe the most recent one, since maybe new science has come to light over the years, but my experience disagrees and it is incredibly frustrating to have all this mis-information floating around out there. You know one of the articles HAS to be wrong!
That's taken from this article: Cleansing Agents in Shampoos
Second paragraph above Summary.
That is taken from this article: Surfactants, Sulfates, and You
I've used Yes to Carrots as my go-to low poo for quite a while now. I find it incredibly gentle, despite the sodium coco sulfate which is like the 3rd cleanser down the ingredient list behind Lauryl and Decyl glucoside. I've also used a sodium myreth sulfate shampoo in the past with no real ill effects. Exclusive cowashing just does not work for me and I tried to change to SM Moisture Retention, with no sulfate or betaine in it at all, and while it's fine for a wash or two I can't use it like I used YTC - it just weighs me down and feels gunky and gross in the end.
I know it's all about how my hair reacts in the end to whatever I'm using but I don't want to strip it if that's what sodium coco sulfate does. It doesn't feel like I am stripping it, so honestly I'll probably keep right on using it. But if I were a newbie with no info or experience, reading these articles and not really paying attention to the dates they were published, I'd be confused. NC.com's articles are often the only relevant search result one gets when searching for curly hair care - either NC.com or Teri LaFlesh's website, which she herself says SLES is fine, it's just SLS to avoid. If an NC article is outdated or wrong, is there a way to take it down or correct it?