Don’t you love the lather your shampoo creates? That thick foam that accompanies the fragrance of your shampoo is caused due to sulfate compounds, commonly known as sulfates. With “sulfate-free” having emerged as the new buzzword in the hair care fraternity, more and more consumers are veering towards opting for shampoos and conditioners that are free of them.
What does it mean for a shampoo to be sulfate-free anyway?
That a sulfate-free shampoo doesn’t produce any lather is just the tip of the iceberg. Basically, sulfates are cleansing agents that cut through the dirt and grime in your hair and scalp, leaving your hair cleaner. However, they also strip your hair off its natural moisture and oil.
To combat that, dermatologists recommend that you switch to sulfate-free shampoos so as to retain your hair’s natural make. These products contain milder ingredients that, although may not produce as much froth as you’re used to, cleanse your hair without stealing its moisture and drying it out. Interestingly enough, without any sulfates, your shampoo would flow like water. Therefore, chemists add various ingredients to thicken the shampoos so that you don’t feel much of a difference.
So, who should go for sulfate-free shampoos?
If you’ve long battled split ends, dryness, and a general frizziness in your hair, or if you have a thinner mane, make the switch right away! The only downside is, you may have to pay a little more for a good sulfate-free shampoo as regular brands in the market don’t yet produce them. Secondly, if you regularly colour your hair, you may want to switch to a sulfate-free shampoo as it helps retain the dye for a longer time than your average shampoo would.