However, there are just times in your kid's life that a thorough sudsy head cleansing is required - especially if you have been using styling and conditioning products that promote build-up. Sulfate free cleansers are all the rage, even for straight haired folks. Here is a cheat sheet to help you better recognize the gentler surfactants (cleansing agents) when the label does not clearly indicate that the product is sulfate-free.
Common Sulfate SurfactantsAmmonium lauryl sulfate
Sodium lauryl sulfate
Sodium dodecyl sulfate
Sodium laureth sulfate
Sodium lauryl ether sulfate
Sodium myreth sulfate.
Common Sulfate Free Surfactants
Sodium C14-17 alkyl sulfonate
Sodium cocoyl glutamate
Sodium lauryl glucose carboxylate
Disodium laureth sulfosuccinate
Sodium lauryl sulfoacetate