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