Sulfate free shampoos
Updated: May 31
Sulfate free shampoos have been on the rise for a while now. They don't strip natural lipids (oils) from the hair & scalp. These milder agents help lock in the moisture and cause less damage on colour and curl treatments. Ingredients to look for are: Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate; Cetyl Betaine and Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate. They don't lather as well so patience is required when shampooing. First dispense shampoo into the palms with some water. Create a small foam before applying to wet hair. Massage into the scalp and hair with fingertips then rinse. My hair doesn't need to be shampooed as often now as I've gotten older. I have been increasing the number of days in-between my shampoos. That's another way to let the hair & scalp replenish its natural oils.
It's important to note that every individual's hair and scalp is unique, and what works for one person may not work for another. It's always best to do a patch test before using a new product, especially if you have sensitive skin. Additionally, it's recommended to read the ingredients label carefully to ensure that it suits your specific needs.
Three example of affordable sulfate free shampoos are below:
Garnier Whole Blends 355 ml
Joico Moisture Recovery 1 L
Hair Food Nourish 300ml