When to use a sulfate-free shampoo

Do you notice that your hair is increasingly dull and dry? Have you been told about sulfate-free shampoos but you can’t quite take the plunge? In this case, we are going to tell you the reasons why you should do it and when to use a sulfate-free shampoo to take advantage of all its properties.

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When to use a sulfate-free shampoo

For some time now, sulfate-free shampoos have taken on unexpected relevance. Despite having a minimal market share (only 5% of shampoos are sulfate-free), more and more people are interested in them. From here, knowing when to use a sulfate-free shampoo and what are the consequences of doing so are the biggest concerns of those who opt for this change.

Starting at the beginning, we will say that sulfate-free shampoos are those that do not contain surfactants in their ingredients. We are talking about chemical substances with great detergent and cleaning power, but also those responsible for the degradation of the scalp.

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Sulphates are responsible for creating the foam in contact with water, but their abrasive effect results in the sebaceous glands being attacked. These glands are responsible for creating sebum in the hair, the body’s natural way of protecting and moisturizing the scalp.

Given such a scenario, when to use a sulfate-free shampoo? Simply, when we want to start taking care of our hair. Sulfate shampoos make hair dry, sensitive, and even cause it to fall out frequently. Even the skin can be affected by these sulfates, with irritations or eczema. In that case, it’s always a good time to switch to a sulfate-free shampoo.

Types of sulfates

If you are going to opt for a sulfate-free shampoo, you should know which shampoos do not contain these chemicals. It also doesn’t hurt to know the most common types of sulfates, so you can locate them.

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  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
  • Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)
  • Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS)

These are the three most common types of sulfates. In fact, they are present in more than 90% of commercialized shampoos. How do you know if your shampoo contains sulfates? Just look at its composition on the back label.

You should know that the ingredients of a shampoo are ordered from highest to lowest, depending on the amount they contain in the total. Thus, the usual thing is that the first ingredient is water (75-90%) and, secondly, some sulfate usually appears (10-25%). Preservatives, perfumes or dyes usually complete this percentage.

If, for whatever reason, the composition comes in English, you just have to look for the word ‘sulphate’ or the ending ‘-sulphate’. As in Spanish, it should appear in the second position of the ingredients it contains. That is, it will not be very difficult for you to know if a shampoo has sulfates or not.

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Once we know how to locate them, we will tell you the reasons why we should use a sulfate-free shampoo.

Why use a sulfate-free shampoo

The answer to why use a sulfate-free shampoo is simple: because it is the best for your hair. It is enough to take a look, not only at the benefits of sulfate-free shampoos, but also at the problems generated by those that do contain them, to at least try something new.

In the end, sulfate-free shampoos are less aggressive products, mostly natural and organic, that change chemical substances for natural elements. Of course, the transition from a shampoo with sulfates to one without them requires an adaptation time. The results begin to be noticeable after a short time, but it will take around a month for your hair to recover the health it once had.

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On the other hand, sulfate-free shampoos have two elements that do not quite convince those who try them for the first time. On the one hand, the price. We are talking about natural, organic, even vegan products that, compared to chemical products, are much more expensive. Thus, sulfate-free shampoos are well above the price of commercial sulfate-containing shampoos.

Whether it is worth paying more to have healthy hair is something for everyone to decide

The other element that squeaks for those who start using a sulfate-free shampoo is the absence of foam. Or if there is, in a very small quantity. The truth is that these natural shampoos, since they do not have integrated surfactants, do not create as much foam as shampoos with sulfates. It doesn’t matter. The hair will stay the same or cleaner. The myth that foam cleans more should be banished

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That being the case, we give you several reasons why using a sulfate-free shampoo is beneficial for you and your hair:

  • Recover the strength of your hair – Once this ‘trial period’ of the sulfate-free shampoo has passed, you will begin to notice the true results. You will see that your hair is strong, dense and balanced again. In addition, by removing the remains of sulfates that are deposited in the sebaceous glands, you will allow the body to regenerate its own protective hair oils.
  • Greater growth – Another consequence of cleaning the scalp of sulfates, is that the fat of these chemical substances will not prevent the natural growth of the hair. You will notice that it grows faster and with a higher quality than usual.
  • Take care of your hair – Changing chemical substances for natural elements is a considerable qualitative leap. You are not only protecting and recovering your scalp, but you are stopping attacking it. Logically, everything has to get better
  • Goodbye dandruff, itching and irritation – If everything goes as it should, within 10-15 days dandruff should disappear thanks to the sulfate-free shampoo. Not only dandruff, but also uncomfortable itching, even irritation caused by the presence of sulfates on the skin. And we are not referring only to the scalp, but also to the dermis, because when these sulfates fall on the skin of the body, they can sneak into the pores and generate this reaction.

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