In one of my recent posts, I wrote about if a person should shampoo their hair every day or not. While researching that topic, some articles mentioned sulfate free shampoo, and how it can be beneficial for hair so I thought I would follow up and write a blog about sulfate shampoo.
To understand better, sulfate is “a type od anionic detergent that’s found in various care products, including soaps, toothpaste, and, as mentioned,Madiz123 It is essentially what makes the shampoo thicker to lather in your hair, and helps remove the dirt, oils, and other substances from your hair. Although you may not notice the difference in your hair when using a sulfate-free shampoo, there is a difference. The sulfate is actually to blame for frizzy hair and strips hair that has been colored, which is why most salons recommend and sell sulfate-free products. So instead of this salt like substance, sulfate-free shampoos use a different type of detergent to remove the grime from your hair, like sodium lauryl sulfoacetate.
However, “The Health Site” contradicts the idea that sulfate-free shampoo is the better option and says, “Sulfates are responsible for the actual cleansing action. Sulfate-free shampoos will therefore not have that level of cleansing and this could lead to resultant dandruff and other associated problems. Thus, a small amount of sulfate is important. This way, the damage is minimized and cleansing is maintained. Remember, finally, any shampoo which lathers has to contain sulfates.”
So, is it worth it to spend the extra money and buy sulfate-free shampoo? Well, it is more of a personal preference once again. If you feel as though your hair is dry, frizzy, or the color of your dye is fading; try a sulfate free shampoo.