So, what’s all the hype surrounding sulfate-free hair care products these days? Do you really need to be sulfate-free with your hair care products? The answer is a resounding “YES!” Many hair care experts recommend that women who color their hair should incorporate sulfate-free hair care products into their regular hair care routine, but really any women wanting to improve the condition of their hair can benefit. In order to understand the benefits of sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners, you need to understand the science behind the hype.
SLS, or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (and it’s many other names) is “an emulsifier and foaming agent commonly used in cosmetic products and industrial cleaners.” (source: Livestrong.com) You can find SLS in many common household cleaners, including laundry detergents, dish soaps, carpet cleaners, and stain removers. You can also find SLS in your hygiene products, like toothpaste and shampoo. SLS are present in our products because they are a cheap and effective foaming agent, giving your shampoo that thick, foamy lather. Now that you have the basics of sulfates, here are the top 4 reasons to go sulfate-free with your hair care products.
If You Suffer From Skin Or Scalp Sensitivities
Many, many people suffer from contact dermatitis caused by the products they use that come in contact with their skin. Sulfates can cause skin and eye irritation, and can bring about an itchy, dry scalp. If you notice these conditions after shampooing, you should most definitely try sulfate-free products.
If You Have Damaged Hair
If your hair is dry, brittle, breaking and has lost elasticity and shine no matter how much you condition it, then your shampoo may well be the culprit. Hair care products that contain sulfates can strip natural oils and moisture from your hair, leaving it dry, brittle and weak over time. If you find your hair to be damaged, give a sulfate-free shampoo a try.
If You Color Your Hair
Experts recommend that if you color you hair or get other chemical treatments like keratin, you should use a sulfate-free shampoo. Not only can sulfate-free products help to preserve your color or keratin treatment effects longer, they can help combat common problems like frizzand breakage that chemical treatments can cause.
If You Want To Improve The Softness Or Texture Of Your Hair
If you are longing for frizz-free, soft and resilient curls, then you should give sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner a try. Sulfate-free products can be less harsh on your hair, leaving the hair follicle’s natural moisture and oils intact and they can be less damaging to the hair cuticle, or outer layer. Products containing sulfates can dry out hair, strip it of its natural moisture and cause damage to the cuticle, which causes hair to lose its smooth texture, strength and shine.
Basically, if you want to improve the health of your hair, maintain your color, reduce frizz, combat dryness and breakage, and reduce chances of irritation to your skin and scalp, you should give sulfate-free hair care products a try.