Sulfates are a common ingredient found not only in shampoos and conditioners but also in a lot of common household cleaners. They are called either Sodium Lauryl Sulfate(SLS), or Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES).
They are a cleaning agent that cuts through dirt and oil, and it’s where the lather comes from. They mix well with water and essentially can clean your required surface, however, the big BUT when it comes to using a shampoo and conditioner with sulfates is, they also wash away the natural oils your scalp needs to stay moist and prevent dry scalp, flaking, itchiness and dandruff.
Sulfates are proven to be potential irritants, and prolonged use of sulfates leaves your hair feeling rough and dry, and makes your scalp itchy. The irritation can also potentially extend to your eyes and skin.
In today’s ever-evolving world, more and more hair care professionals are recommending the use of sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners. Furthermore, consumers are reporting a substantial enhancement to their hair’s look and feel after switching from sulfate to sulfate-free hair products, and of course, a lot less irritations!
3 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD USE A SULFATE-FREE SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER
#1 Less irritation
A sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner is mild on your scalp and is a lot less likely to leave your scalp and skin resulting in irritation.
#2 Better for coloured hair
If you have coloured hair, using a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner will not strip the colour as fast as using sulfate hair products will. Your hair colour will not fade as fast, it will remain vibrant for longer, as sulfate-free hair products help protect your colour.
#3 Great if you swim regularly
If swimming is a regular part of your routine, using a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner washes out chlorine without drying out the hair too much.