How to Choose The Least Harmful Detergents In Your Shampoos?

Washing your hair is important for your daily life! 

With time and to protect hair, our skin produces sebum to protect us against dust. We can’t just wash our hair with water because of the sebum that we are producing and dirt adhered. To remove them, we need to add some detergents, allowing the shampoo to dissolve the sebum.

The difficulty is to find a shampoo powerful enough to remove the sebum without dissolving the cell wall of our scalp. 

All detergents are irritating. They appear to be altering the epidermal cells by creating irritations which become breaches for different types of chemicals in contact with our skin. That’s why it is very important that you choose wisely your shampoo. 

You will find below some indications about different detergents you can find in shampoos, from least to most irritating. 

Low Irritating :

  • Coco Glucoside
  • Decyl Glocoside
  • Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate
  • Laurdimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
  • Lauryl Glocoside
  • Sodium Cocoamphoacetate
  • Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate
  • Sodium Cocoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein Glutamate
  • Sodium Cocoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
  • Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate & Lauryl Glocoside
  • Sodium Lauroamphoacetate
  • Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate

Moderately Irritating:

  • Cocamidopropyl Betaine (can cause allergies)
  • Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate
  • Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate
  • Sodium Coco Sulfate
  • Tea-Lauryl Sulfate (can cause allergies)


  • Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate
  • Sodium Myreth Sulfate
  • Capryl/Capramidopropyl betaine
  • Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate

 Personally, I’m using the shampoos from the brand Dr.Organic with detergents:

  • Sodium lauroyl sarcosinate 
  • Sodium Cocoamphoacetate
  • Cocamidopropyl Betaine

You can see their shampoos here: Dr. Organic Shampoos 

Shampoos Dr. Organic


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