Should I Use Sulphate-Free/Sodium Chloride-Free Shampoo?
If you’ve ever coloured or relaxed your hair with a keratin treatment, you may have been recommended a Sulphate-free and Sodium Chloride-free shampoo by your hairdresser.
While Sulphates and Sodium Chloride are good for making haircare products lather, they’re not great for treated hair, stripping away natural oils.
If you’re wondering what the difference is, we’ve made a simple guide so you can pick the best products suited to your hair.
So, if you’re ready, read on!
What is Sulphate-Free and Sodium Chloride-Free Shampoo?
Hair products are made up of many additives to get that thick, foamy texture we love. Sulphates are a key foaming agent to cleanse dirt and oils, while Sodium Chloride thickens the shampoo, so you feel like you’re getting a deeper, richer clean.
The sticking point is that these surfactants can be harsh on some hair types, as well as treated hair, stripping too much oil. This results in dry, brittle hair, with both colour and keratin hair treatments fading quickly.
Should I Swap to Sulphate-Free and Chloride-Free Shampoo?
Sulphate-free and Sodium Chloride-free shampoos give a gentler clean since they preserve the natural oils, keeping your hair rich and moisturised. Instead of aggressive surfactants, Sulphate and Sodium Chloride-free shampoos use mild cleansing agents to remove grease and dirt.
We recommend going Sulphate and Sodium Chloride-free if you have dry, curly hair or if you’ve had a keratin treatment to prolong results. Sodium Chloride can actually dissolve keratin, while Sulphates aggressively strip the hair of the keratin.
Although Sulphate-free and Sodium Chloride-free shampoos can be hard to lather, it’s worth it to protect your locks.
Sulphate-Free and Sodium Chloride-Free Products
We recommend a nourishing cleanser like the Charcoal Revitalising Shampoo to lock in moisture and to prevent your keratin treatment from fading.
The Charcoal Revitalising Shampoo both hydrates and smooths with protein, while natural charcoal deeply cleanses without stripping, for clean, silky lengths.
Or, if you have coloured hair, try the Keratin Infused Coloured Shampoo to lock in colour and protect moisture with natural keratin.
Are you thinking of the making the sulphate-free switch?
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