A sulphate-free hair care routine has crept into the public consciousness as sensible. While there are many women who would benefit from the switch away there are many more who benefit from their use. We tell you what you need to know.
Sulphates in Hair Care
Sulphates have some admirable qualities. Qualities which have seen them become a go-to ingredient for shampoo and body wash manufacturers. They are both detergents and foaming agents so tick two very important boxes. The word “detergent” can be emotive and confusing in this context. There are many types of detergent, and the sulphates found in shampoo are very different and much weaker than the ones you will find in detergents used for more industrial practices.
Those qualities have made them an important ingredient. For shampoo, there are two which are typically used, sodium lauryl sulphate (SLES) and sodium laureth sulphate (SLS). They both help remove dirt and, as previously mentioned, make the product pleasant to the touch and capable of luxuriously foaming.
Rules For Use
There has been something of a whispering campaign advising against the use of products containing these ingredients. Consumers have been warned that using them might be bad for their health, and counterproductive for good hair care. But that is a massive simplification. While using shampoos containing SLS and SLES will strip away everything bad on your hair and scalp, it will also take away natural oils and sebum. So the theory has it that we should all be using sulphate-free products… we have lost count of the number of female hair loss treatment reviews that offer this as advice. The truth is more nuanced.
Avoiding sulphates certainly makes sense for some, many even. If you use colour in your hair you would do well to avoid sulphates as they will strip away the colour. Anyone with dry or frizzy hair, which is prone to damage, would be well advised to opt for a gentler sulphate-free regime. If you go to the gym regularly, or travel on crowded public transport systems, or simply choose to wash your hair three or more times a week, using sulphate free shampoo makes perfect sense.
If, however, you wash your hair a couple of times a week or have oily skin or dandruff, or an itchy scalp, sulphates can do a great job of reducing the effects. Indeed, if you suffer from any of these conditions you may find sulphate based shampoos will be your very best friend.
Hair Loss For Women
It is always important to understand fully the details of any new health fad. While there is invariably some truth in what you are hearing, it is rarely the whole story. The noise around sulphates is a great example of advice which, if followed, would be of benefit to some. But if followed universally would create more problems than it would solve.
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