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At the end of a long day, all you want to do is languish in a relaxing bath and let your worries gently melt away. But, did you ever stop to wonder how your bubble bath transforms from a liquid into hundreds of tiny bubbles or how your shampoo whips itself up into a thick and luxurious lather? If you've ever glanced over at the ingredient list on your shampoo bottle, you may have spotted sodium lauryl sulfate. Sulfates are commonly found in a whole host of products, including shampoo, bubble bath, shower gel, and even toothpaste. The big question is, do you need sulfates in your beauty products? Here are five reasons you might want to switch to a sulfate-free shampoo or add sulfate-free hair styling and hair care products to your regimen.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), sulfates are common shampoo ingredients that produce a lathering effect and remove dirt and debris from hair by creating a rich lather (aka suds). In other words, sulfates are foaming agents that can help clean the hair and scalp.
There are a number of reasons you may want to add a sulfate-free shampoo (and an entire sulfate-free hair care system) to your routine:
If you have colored-treated hair, you may find that shampoos formulated with sulfates have an impact on your color, leaving it looking lackluster and faded. Color-treated hair needs extra care to keep it looking vibrant and healthy. There are sulfate-free moisturizing shampoos that help lock in moisture and keep colored hair feeling silky, soft, and manageable.
If your skin is more than a little sensitive, the AAD states that using shampoos and other personal products that contain sulfates, may potentially irritate your skin. If your skin becomes easily irritated, using a sulfate-free shampoo could help prevent this. In addition to trying a sulfate-free shampoo, if you’re experiencing itching, a flaking scalp, or red patches, it’s a good idea to make an appointment with your dermatologist/doctor to determine what is really happening to your scalp.
Now, this won’t be a problem for those of us who can manage to avoid getting shampoo in our eyes in the shower. But, if you ever suffer from the occasional eye stinging because you’ve let a bit of shampoo get too close to your eye area, switching to a sulfate-free shampoo may help keep them from becoming red and irritated. This is because, as the McGill Office for Science and Society reveals, some sulfates are simply more irritating to eyes than formulas without them. So, if you tend to get suds in your face or eyes and want to stop the stinging, consider trying a shampoo that doesn’t contain any sulfates.
According to the AAD, using shampoos that are formulated with strong sulfates can be drying to some hair types. If you’ve noticed your hair becoming overly dry, it may be time to try a new shampoo— maybe one without sulfates.
There’s no doubt that sulfate-free hair care products—namely, shampoos—have been a huge trend in recent years. So, if for no other reason, why not try out sulfate-free shampoos simply to join in on the latest hair care trend! If you’re anything like us, curiosity about beauty and hair trends tends to get the best of you. And, as we said, we’re all different—our skin and hair have different needs—so it’s likely that you’ll need to play around with beauty products before finding your perfect match. They’re not one size fits all! Perhaps a sulfate-free shampoo could work wonders on your hair—you’ll never know unless you try!
Fortunately, when it comes to sulfate-free shampoo options, there are plenty to choose from—no matter what your hair care concerns and needs are. Here are some of our top picks:
If you have dandruff…try the L'Oréal Paris EverFresh Antidandruff Shampoo. This shampoo is formulated with Indian lilac and can help restore scalp balance and stop itching. Pair it with the L’Oréal Paris EverFresh Balancing Conditioner and L’Oréal Paris EverFresh Micro-Exfoliating Scrub.
If you have frizz and flyaways…try the L'Oréal Paris EverPure Frizz-Defy Shampoo. This shampoo, which is formulated with marula oil and cleanses frizz-prone hair and helps protect against humidity. Pair it with the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Frizz-Defy Conditioner and L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Frizz Finish Oil-In-Serum.
If you have damaged hair…try the L'Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo. This sulfate-free formula will gently cleanse strands while also deeply strengthening them and helping to protect against daily color aggressors like UV rays and heat styling. Pair it with the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair and Defend Conditioner and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair Remedy Balm.
If you have fine hair…try the L'Oréal Paris EverPure Volume Shampoo. Formulated with lotus flower, the volumizing shampoo helps revive flat hair and boost body without weighing down strands. Pair it with the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Volume Conditioner.
If you have dry hair…try the L'Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Shampoo, which is especially gentle on colored hair and can help replenish essential moisture and luminous shine. Pair it with the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Conditioner.
If you have blonde hair…try the L'Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Shampoo. This sulfate-free shampoo will help balance blonde strands by neutralizing brassiness and hydrating over-processed hair. Pair it with the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Conditioner and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Shade Reviving Treatment.
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