By: Maddie

What are sulfates?  If you’re like me, you probably have heard the term “sulfate free” before.  But after I was done washing my hair last night it dawned on me… do I even know what that means?  Nope.  I don’t.  Therefore, I went researching to see if I could get a better understanding of why so many brands are removing sulfates and what it means for our hair.  Read on to learn more!

What is a sulfate?

Sulfates are a combination of molecules that attract water and oil – they are also the reason for the foaming lather we have come to expect from a shampoo.  Basically, because they attract water and oil they can pull the dirt and oil from our skin and hair allowing us to rinse it off and wash it down the drain.  

Are they bad for me?

Not necessarily…   There is no evidence that these molecules can cause cancer or any type of health problem.  However, because sulfates are so good at removing the oil and dirt from your hair and body they can sometimes remove too much.  Sulfates are aggressive cleaners.  They can strip the hair of the natural oils and proteins that are needed to keep it looking and feeling healthy.  The stripping of proteins can also lead to your color fading, any smoothing treatments you’ve had done to become less effective and overall dry out and break the hair shaft.

Man getting shampooed

Why do Salons Recommend Sulfate Free Products?

If there are no health risks then why do our stylists always seem to recommend products that are “sulfate free”.  Well, if you just received a color treatment, if your hair is prone to dryness or if your ends are pretty damaged then using a product with sulfates in it could lead to more damage.  Your stylist wants you to be happy with your hair long after you leave the salon.  By recommending a product without sulfates they can be sure your hair will stay healthy until the next time they see you.

Recommendations

If you have been slow to get on the “sulfate free” train, its okay!  If your hair loves what its getting right now then stick with it.  However, if you find your strands to be a bit more damaged or dryer than you would like them to be, consider switching over to a product that doesn’t use sulfates.  
Garbo’s own haircare line was designed around the idea of leaving the hair softer, smoother and healthier than before it was applied.  Thats why you won’t find sulfates in Garbo’s own line.  Here are a few products from the Garbo’s line that we recommend – all of them can be purchased online through our shop!
Garbo's Argan Anti-Frizz Shampoo – 10 oz
Garbo's Anti-Frizz Shampoo
Garbo's True Hue Anti-Fading Shampoo – 10 oz
Garbo's Anti-Fading Shampoo
Garbo's Keratin Therapy Shampoo – 8 oz
Garbo's Keratin Therapy Shampoo
Garbo's Argan Anti-Frizz Shampoo – 10 oz
Garbo's Anti-Frizz Conditioner
Garbo's Colormoist Conditioner – 10 oz
Garbo's Colormoist Conditioner
Garbo's Keratin Therapy Conditioner – 8 oz
Garbo's Keratin Therapy Conditioner

Hopefully the whole “Sulfate Free” thing makes a bit more sense now.  Still have questions?  Please leave them in the comments box below! 

Sending Love,

Maddie

Information found at the following websites: 

https://www.illumai.com/blogs/biome-beauty/what-are-sulfates

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