Is It Time You Switched Sulphate-free Shampoos?
What are sulphates?
Sulphates are chemicals, which are used in cleansing agents like your shampoo and other household products. They are responsible for creating the lather that you may love, especially when washing your hair. The two sulphates in your shampoos are sodium lauryl sulphate and sodium sulphate.
Does your hair need a sulphate-free shampoo?
The obvious reason for avoiding sulphates in your shampoo, is that they remove all the oil in your hair and on your scalp. While this may leave your hair feeling clean, it often dries your hair and scalp out—which is not ideal for sensitive skin. Because sulphate-free shampoo doesn’t strip away the natural oils in your hair, you may need to wash your hair more frequently to ensure that it is clean. Natalie Kasses, Dubai-based celebrity hairstylist says, “Sulphate-free shampoos help retain the natural moisture of your hair, so that it does not lose its natural shine and softness”.
should you use it?
While the benefits of switching to sulphate-free shampoo can be beneficial regardless of your hair type, Kasses says, “If you have coloured hair, sulphate-free shampoo is a blessing. Unlike their counterparts, these shampoos are gentle and won't strip your hair of its colour. Also, if you have curly hair, your hair won’t be as frizzy”.
Your step-by-step guide to using sulphate-free shampoo
Step 1: Wet your hair thoroughly, as sulphate-free shampoo needs water to help with distribution on your hair and scalp.
Step 2: Use the same amount of shampoo as you normally would. Because sulphate-free shampoo doesn’t lather, you may feel like it’s not working, but it is cleaning your hair.
Step 3: Check to see if your hair feels clean. Kasses recommends washing it twice if it doesn’t.
Step 4: Rinse your hair thoroughly to ensure the shampoo is completely removed.
Step 5: Follow with your conditioner. Kasses recommends you invest in a moisturising conditioner.