Hair tip Monday. What Exactly Are Sulfates?
Sulfates are detergents and they’re extremely good at what they do, cleansing hair and the scalp by cutting through dirt and grime.
What’s in Sulfate-Free Shampoos, Then?
The short answer: Mild detergents that don’t completely wash away your hair’s moisture. And unlike traditional shampoos, sulfate-free ones don’t froth or create as many suds.
Who Should Use a Sulfate-Free Formula?
While sulfate-based shampoos do a great job of getting rid of oil and product buildup, they can also potentially dry out your hair, leading to a lack of moisture and sometimes even damage like split ends. So, 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 get regular dye jobs, you might also want to think about using sulfate-free shampoo, since sulfates can strip strands of color in addition to grime. And, if you know that you're sensitive to sulfates, you should definitely opt for a sulfate-free formula to prevent any scalp irritation.
However, if you're someone who's prone to oil or if you work out on the regular, the mild detergents in sulfate-free shampoo may not have quite enough power to clean your strands as much as you'd like.
Bottom Line: Do You Really Need to Use a Sulfate-Free Formula?
It really all depends on your hair type; those with parched or color-treated hair may benefit from using a gentler cleansing choice to prevent their hair from feeling super dry, while those who have greasier strands will probably find that they need to use sulfates to truly feel like their hair is clean. But if you're curious, by all means go ahead and try a sulfate-free shampoo to see if it works for you!
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