Sulfate-free: You've seen the term everywhere... But what does it really mean? And should you be concerned that the shampoo in your shower isn't part of this popular crowd? Here's exactly what you need to know about sulfate-free shampoo.
What Exactly Are Sulfates?
Sulfates are aggressive detergents made of sulfur-containing mineral salts The most common sulfates you’ll spot in ingredient lists are sodium lauryl sulfate (a.k.a. SLS) and ammonium lauryl sulfate (a.k.a. ASL). Other related sulfates Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Sodium Lauroyl Isoethionate, Sodium Cocoyl Isoethionate, Sodium Lauroyl Taurate, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate.
What’s in Sulfate-Free Shampoos, Then?
The short answer: Mild detergents that don’t completely wash away your hair’s moisture. Added oils and other ingredients that help the hair and scalp. Each company has its own combination. Unlike traditional shampoos, sulfate-free ones don’t froth or create as many suds.
Who Should Use a Sulfate-Free Formula?
If your hair is naturally prone to dryness—coarse, curly hair or fragile, fine hair fit the bill—a sulfate-free product might be a good choice for you. If you experience any irritation from shampoos, it’s usually sulfates (SLS) that’s the problem. It’s also worth avoiding SLS if you color your hair. SLS is so good at cleaning, it takes the color with it, causing your hair color to fade faster.
How to use sulfate free shampoo properly
I hope this helps with your decision on whether to use sulfate free shampoo. Next time your in ask me what is the correct sulfate free shampoo for your hair.
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