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Why You Should Be Using Sulfate-Free Shampoos

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Unless you’re cool with damaging the hell out of you hair, you should be reading this article. 

Sulfates have been taking a lot of flak from the beauty world lately, and with good reason. Using products that contain sulfates on fine or fragile hair can have damaging effects, so thinner hair textures can really benefit from sticking to the best sulfate free shampoos and conditioners for fine hair. In fact, “Sulfates” are more than just another buzzword, and these harsh, sulfur-based detergents show up in the ingredient lists of a lot of shampoos, body washes, and face cleansers — just about anything you wash yourself with, really.

The most common forms of these chemical detergents are Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulphate, which can be found in most household cleaning products. So, you’re basically washing your hair with the same ingredients that cleans your clothes.

Needless to say, sulfates are extremely harmful and strip away the essential oils from your hair along with the dirt and grime. Even with coloured hair it’s better advised to use shampoos that are sulfate-free. Although, coloured hair do require adequate care – despite using a sulfate-free shampoo – its best to avoid any sulfates, as the chemical damages your hair making it look dull, dry and colourless!

Here’s how your hair will be benefit if you stop using sulfates:

  • There will be a decrease in dryness and frizz.
  • Reduced splitting of hair.
  • You will have normalized production of oil in your scalp as there are no chemicals drying it out, pushing your sebaceous glands into overdrive!
  • Those with coloured hair will have longer colour retention.
  • Also, for those with coloured hair, there will be a decrease in build-up of warm tones in highlighted or cool-toned hair.

So, using a good ol’ sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner can work wonders for your hair and scalp, especially if you have colored hair.

Our Pick: The MoroccanOil Colour Continue Shampoo and Conditioner

As we had mentioned in an earlier article, MoroccanOil has launched a new Colour Complete hair-care range, which helps with color retention and protects hair from environmental damage. This was the  brand’s first foray into the colour space, where a 360-degree approach to color care was used, addressing the full scope of color-degradation, color-change and color-fade with a complete regimen of products for both in-salon and at home.

The at-home offerings include the Colour Continue Shampoo and Conditioner, both of which are sulfate-free. Indeed! The shampoo is formulated without sulfates to gently cleanse hair and keep pH levels balanced, which also helps keep color intact. Also, the conditioner, which uses the same Colourlink technology, is made with vegetable compounds to provide “slip,” so your hair won’t snap and break when detangling. Both the products are now available to order.

So, what are you waiting for? Make your switch from sulfate to sulfate-free shampoos today! Everyone’s hair goes through a transition period when they switch products, but the long-term result will be completely worth it.

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Monika Doshi

Digital content writer, dancer and an avid reader of thriller fiction. Have an obsessive urge to travel and explore whatever comes in my way. With an even inescapable love for my stack of lipsticks!