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  • Different types of surfactants for different hair soils

    Posted by Abdullah on May 18, 2021 at 3:38 am

    Which type of surfactant is stronger in cleaning sebum and oils from hair?

    and which type is stronger for cleaning scalp flacks and conditioning ingredients and specially air and water pollutions from hair?

    a) SLS and ALS

    b) SLES and ALES
    c) lauryl Glucoside
    d) amphoterics
    Abdullah replied 2 years, 11 months ago 2 Members · 4 Replies
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  • singhc10

    May 18, 2021 at 1:24 pm

    @Abdullah Anionic are known to remove particulates like dust and sebum, while non-ionic surfactants work well on removing oils. Anionic surfactants will be helpful removing both the scalp flakes and conditioning ingredients, though conditioning agents might need multiple washes to be fully removed. If you have too much oil, blend of anionic and non-ionic is preferred.

  • Abdullah

    May 19, 2021 at 12:22 am

    @singhc10 thanks 
    For dust, which one is better?
    SLS and ALS or SLES ald ALES or AOS?

    Isn’t oil and sebum in same category? If not then what type of oils do non-ionics remove well? 

  • singhc10

    May 20, 2021 at 10:37 am


    • For dust particles, SLES, SLS, AOS or their combination would work.
    • Oil is basically triglyceride, while sebum exists more as a particle, combination of esters, triglyceride, cholesterol, squalene, dead skin cells and dirt.
  • Abdullah

    May 20, 2021 at 2:39 pm

    @singhc10 thanks a lot

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