Sulphate free shampoo has grown in popularity these past few years. People are incorporating it into their hair care routines as well as after care for when they have services such as brazilians or botox.
Although many brands have started launching their own sulphate free shampoos, and more and more consumers are opting to use them, there are still some misconceptions and misinformation around them. Today we take a dive into these products and see if you should be adding it to your regimen or not.
WHAT ARE SULPHATES?
Sulphate is a surfactant /cleansing agent that is added to a product to degrease surface tension.it is found in many of our homecareand personal care products, eg shampposd,toothpaste,dishwashing liquid. Sulphates are also added to help with the lathering of the products ,non-sulphate products don’t or have minimal lathering.
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY PRODUCT CONTAINS SULPHATES?
Visibly you will see that the product lathers up really well. The ingredients list can also tell you, most drugstore cleansers will contain either SLS(Sodium Laurel Sulphate),SLES(Sodium Laurel Ether Sulphate)or Ammonium Laurel Sulphate.
These three sulphates are of the harshest sulphates that are used in products.People with fine,dry or fragile hair should be careful when using these sulphates.
SO ARE SULPHATES BAD?
Sulphates as an ingredient is not bad, as with everything using sulphates in moderation is rccommended. Sulphates strip hair from it’s naturals oils and over use without accompanying treatments can cause dry,brittle hair.
I follow the curly girl method and because it prohibits the use of harsh ingredients, I don’t have much build up but I still have to do a clarifying wash with a clarifying/chelating shampoo, every 6 – 8 weeks. I am currently using the Cantu avocado hydrating shampoo for my clarifying shampoo, it contains sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate, which is a surfactant but not a sulphate,so it does a great job of cleansing the scalp and any build up that may have occurred. Just to add to that there are many alternatives to sulphates and you don’t need a sulphate in your cleanser to clans your hair well. Cocomidopropyl betaine is one of those surfactants that is commonly used as an alternative to SLS(more commonly in professional salon products) and the likes, it is a much milder cleansing agent – but also a more pricier ingredient – that’s why hair products for naturals are usually more pricier.
Sulphates due to it’s intensity can causes extreme dryness and frizziness(lack of moisture) as its strips the hair from it’s essential oils, people with scalp conditions like rosacea, sensitive scalps etc should refrain from product containing sulphates as it can irritate the scalp even more.It can also strip products like brazilian and botox from the hair hence sulphate -free products being recommended for use as aftercare when having those treatments.
It is important to use a good hair mask after using a shampoo with harsh sulphates in them to return the moisture that was stripped from the hair during the cleansing process
SHOULD I BE USING SULPHATE-FREE SHAMPOO?
If you have fine hair or struggle with dry hair it is recommended that you use sulphate free cleansers so that it don’t cause cause more damage to your hair. Curly hair in general leans to the drier side so if you are trying to preserve your curls,it will also be best to use non-sulphates cleansers. Sulphate free products are also great for maintaining your salon colour for longer after having it done.
Using sulphate free shampoos is a personal choice. What works for the one doesn’t necessarily mean it will work for the other. I have found that my hair is much more healthier and stronger since switching over to the curly girl method which discourages the use of sulphates and is in the best condition it has ever been in for the most of my adult life.
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