By Winnie The Fashionista | Aug 22, 2019
With the rise and rise of the natural hair movement, we’ve been told to avoid sulfates like the plague. Why? Because sulfates are known to strip the hair of its naturally occurring oils and sebum which in turn leads to dry hair. Sulfates are most commonly available in shampoos.
Common sulfates: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate. Natural hair bloggers wax lyrical about sulfate-free shampoos.
It’s true that sulfates are harmful on one hand. If you have kinky and curly hair, you may want to avoid it. You don’t want to use sulfates frequently because in the long run, they make hair dry and brittle. Also, if your scalp is sensitive or if you have eczema or psoriasis, sulfates are not advisable.
But when can you use sulfates? You can use them when it’s time to do the heavy lifting. You know, when you have 10,000 layers of product on your hair. When you’ve been using moisturizer and oils all week trying to keep your hair hydrated and now you have a massive build-up. The beauty with sulfates is that they make the shampoo to lather really nicely.
Sulfates will strip the build-up right off. Using sulfate-free shampoos when you have build-up is like using a toothbrush to clean the floor. It won’t work so well.
At the end of the day, it’s all about balance. Use sulfate-free shampoos on a weekly basis. But if you feel like your hair needs the sulfates? Then knock yourself out. Or if you have greasy, oily hair, sulfates can be used on a regular basis. It’s not a one size fits all situation.
Keep in mind that sulfate-free shampoos tend to be a bit pricier. You can use sulfates but have measures to redress:
This entails applying oil on your hair before washing it. Stay with the oil on for at least 45 minutes. Then wash your hair. As you wash your hair, you will realise that the sulfates will not strip your hair.
Use a moisturizing deep conditioner to keep hair moisturized after using sulfate shampoo.
Do you use sulfate in your hair routine? If so, why? If not, Why?
Interested in finding out whether a shampoo is perfect for you? Do check out the Profectiv Mega Growth Relaxer & Shampoo Review.
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