Review: Sulfur 8 Deep Cleaning Shampoo for Dandruff
It is suggested as a product suited for family use and brandished by most people for hair management. It clears the head of present dandruff and scalp flaking and ensures that the mane is as soft as one would ask for. And to top off the entire package, it is believed to help reduce itching.
The product has reported fair success and is one of the commonly found when focusing on deep cleansing and dandruff-relieving shampoos. Understandably, it would be an effective product.
To reiterate, Sulfur 8 is highly synonymous with “medical treatment” for what it is worth. As such, it is bound to have various but obvious chemical properties. For your own benefit, however, it seems appropriate to provide some insight into its components.
The shampoo itself consists of water, TEA-lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, lauramide DEA, sodium cocamphoacetate, triclosan, disodium EDTA, sodium chloride, fragrance, yellow 6, blue 1. It’s the combination of these individual ingredients that create the dandruff relieving hair product. Here’s a bit of a safe breakdown of the major constituents.
Being present in various antibacterial hair care products, triclosan exists as the active ingredient in the Sulfur 8 Deep Cleaning Anti-Dandruff Shampoo. Originally, it was considered a harmless chemical, but due to it being a chlorophenol, a compound labelled as an environmental contaminant, and after being considered a cancer-inducing agent, it has gone under recontinued examination. While the full safety status is unconfirmed, its usage is still marked safe by the FDA, and is still quite prevalent for prevention of bacterial contamination.
Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Generally safe for consumer usage, being a cleaning compound as well as good for lather, it is a common substance found in such products, as is the case with Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. Unlike its relative, this chemical is considered safer and is known to be less irritating to the skin and eyes. An added bonus is it being relatively inexpensive to use, so products with it are relatively more affordable.
This component stands as a cleaning agent, while minimizing surface tension in liquid products that it’s added to. It is effective in clearing the hair of dirt and oil, seemingly great after the hair is exposed to external environmental conditions.
With regards to safety, the ingredient has been marked as safe for consumer use but may cause irritation unless used in the appropriate controlled concentrations, while also keeping contact with skin at a minimum.
Lauramide DEA is a foam stabilizing substance used in products, additionally to enhance the texture of said product. Similar to the remaining ingredients, it has been marked as safe for consumer use as a cosmetic. But it is an additional irritant in shampoos. As evidenced above, generally, foaming ingredients tend to cause irritation. But not to worry, for it is primarily an issue during prolonged skin exposure to the substance. Save for that, it gets its main job done with little to no active harm.
This ingredient may rest on a more positive note. While a mouthful to say, this allows for water and oil to mix into products, allowing the cleaning product to actually do its job. It is derived from coconut oil and is officially safe for use when in the appropriate concentrations. An essential ingredient, it is definitely on the more natural side.
Similar to most of the mentioned ingredients, it helps foaming and cleaning. But a rather distinct benefit of the product would be that it keeps metallic substances from accumulating on the scalp, as it binds with metals.
Conclusion: Good or Bad?
Well, it is clear that there are quite a few irritants in this product, save for the obvious one, water. But is it good enough to be used for essential hair care? We’d like to think so! It can be used infrequently and only every so often as and when needed.
In truth, most cleansing products like shampoos have irritants that can affect skin comfort. But the severity is usually moderate, and the conditions are mostly met after prolonged sensitive exposure to the product. Plus, the major side effects are specific to the individual components.
All in all, the product still has been reported to support its claims of clearing dandruff, and much of the components aren’t actively damaging, especially to hair.