I have been told numerous times that sulfate free shampoo is a staple. But I always wondered what the big deal was to switch. My hair isn’t colored, or curly, so I didn't see a point. The media has been pushing the “sulfate free” label in the past few years. Now the term has become associated with being healthier and organic. Sulfate free shampoos promise softer cleaner hair with more natural materials. But what ARE sulfates?
Despite rumors, sulfate shampoos do not contain carcinogens. But, it is a common detergent found in many household items, like laundry detergent, dish soap and toothpaste. It then became clear that a shampoo packed with sulfates cannot be good for your hair. Essentially, the sulfates are what makes shampoos turn into a thick lather in the shower. Because of its properties, it is the culprit of frizzy hair, and damaging colored hair. You also should stay far away from sulfate shampoos if you receive chemical treatments, like Keratin or a Brazilian blowout.
When you switch to a sulfate free shampoo, you can notice a difference. Hair will be more manageable, less frizzy, and overall feel healthier. Since I have switched I have noticed a lot less split ends, and my hair was shiner than ever. Sulfate free shampoo tends to be a bit more pricey, but it does help preserve hair color, and lets curls stay curlier. Sulfate free shampoos are also great for people that suffer from allergies, or if you find that your current shampoo is irritating the scalp.
The biggest adjustment to switching to sulfate free shampoos is pretty superficial. Without the extreme lather, people fear that the shampoo is not doing as good of a job as its bubbly counterpart. It might not feel like it is cleansing, but it still does clean the scalp adequately. I also like to add in a detox shampoo once every two weeks, just to make sure all the build up from hair protects is washed out for even healthier looking hair!