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Sulfates (SLS) – these are cleaning surfactants that are part of all detergents, regardless of their purpose. Their difference is only in the concentration of SLS, as well as in additional ingredients that have a softening effect on the surface to be cleaned.

On the Internet "walk" different legends regarding the effects of sulfates on hair. Therefore, today we will try to sort it out on the shelves, who sulfate-free shampoos are suitable for, what are their advantages, and also dispel the four main myths about these cosmetics.

Who should not use sulfate-free shampoos

Sulfate free shampoos – These are cosmetic products that do not contain parabens and preservatives. The most harmful sulfates are considered to be sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and ammonium lauryl sulfate (ALS). These components are effective means of cleaning and removing dirt. Manufacturers use them in many shampoos due to their cheapness.

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But you shouldn't worry too much - cosmetic products contain a minimum amount of sulfates. Sulfates in small amounts are not so harmful to the human body, but if such shampoos are used every day or every other day, it can cause toxic effects on the hair. For understanding, it is worth remembering that sulfates are petrochemical products, therefore, in addition to the “clean hair” effect, they can't do anything else for your hair.

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Scientists have also proven that shampoos that contain sulfate components in their composition exhibit high cleansing properties. And this, in turn, can lead to accelerated washing out of coloring pigments and care products from the surface of the hairline. Therefore, experts recommend using only sulfate-free shampoos after procedures such as keratin straightening, Botox, nanoplasty, etc. This will significantly prolong the result of the salon procedure.

Sulfate-free shampoos do not foam, unlike those cosmetic products that contain SLS. After all, it is thanks to this substance that foaming appears in gels, pastes and shampoos.

Correct hair care: tips for all occasions

There is an opinion that the owners of oily hair are not recommended to use sulfate-free shampoos. This is explained by the fact that they contribute to the intensive work of the sebaceous glands. Is it so? Indeed, women who are forced to wash their hair more often due to their oily type are not recommended to use these shampoos.

To avoid regular washing of oily hair, use deep cleansing shampoos. These preparations have more intensive cleansing properties, which reduce the amount of oil secretions from the scalp.

Sulfate-free shampoos do not contain: SLS – sodium lauryl sulfate, SLES – sodium laureth sulfate, SDS - sodium dodecyl sulfate - sodium salt of lauryl sulfonic acid, ALS - ammonium laureth sulfate.

It is important to remember that the shampoo is selected according to the type and characteristics of the skin and its main task – cleansing and care of the scalp, the task of balms, masks and conditioners – restoration and nutrition of damaged curls.

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If you are using an SLS-free shampoo for color-treated hair, choose the same brand of conditioner or conditioner. In the case of using sulfate-free shampoo after keratin straightening, it is recommended to choose care cosmetics based on its composition, where keratin must be present.   

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The four most common myths about sulfate-free shampoos

There are a lot of myths about sulfate-free shampoos on the web. Today we will try to dispel it. So, below are the four most common ones.

Myth 1. Sulfates are terrible poisons, they make the scalp itchy, peel in shreds, dandruff appears, hair falls out.

As early as 1893 sulfates were allowed. Then scientists proved that the optimal amount of these substances does not affect the body in any way. In this legend, there is also an opinion that sulfates accumulate in skin cells and disrupt the formation of the protective barrier of the epidermis. Yes, it is, but do you remember that cells have a habit of being updated regularly? Therefore, for such a reaction, the concentration in the detergent must be several times higher than it is.

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Myth 2. Sulfate-free shampoos do not foam at all, it is unrealistic to wash your hair the first time.
The truth is that sulfate-free shampoos don't really lather. But this does not affect the quality of cleansing the scalp. To do this, rub a small amount of sulfate-free shampoo in your palms and apply to the scalp, you do not need to apply along the entire length. After that, rinse off the composition and apply conditioner, which must be kept for 1-2 minutes and also washed off.

Myth 3. Sulfate-free shampoo is a panacea for everything and everything.
This is not a panacea, but just an effective way to take care of the health of the hair.
The hair of a modern woman is already subject to a whole army of stresses: blow-drying, styling, dyeing, straightening, stress, etc. And when a woman gives her hair a chance to take a break from overly active shampoo, they are grateful. Sulfate-free shampoos are delicate shampoos that are very suitable for color-treated hair. The components of the shampoo are so mild that the hair color is not washed out and remains saturated for a long time.

Myth 4. You can not use masks, conditioners after sulfate-free shampoo.
All sulfate-free shampoos are combined with any masks, conditioners and balms. But, perhaps, starting to use natural shampoo, it is worth taking masks and balms from the same series.  

If you decide to switch to sulfate-free shampoos, then you should not expect a multi-venous result. You will see it after a few uses. This is explained by the fact that a sufficient amount of sulfates has accumulated on the hair and scalp after using conventional shampoos. Therefore, be patient and the end result will surely delight you.

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