So, what are sulphates and should you avoid them in your shampoo?
Well, not everyone needs avoid them but some hair types certainly could.
Put simply, sulphates (sometimes spelled sulfates) are what make shampoo sudsy.
Sulfates allow grime and dead skin cells to be removed from your skin and scalp and washed away with water, says Eric Schweiger, M.D., founder of Schweiger Dermatology Group.
However, the downside is that they can also strip natural oils from the scalp and hair, this can lead to your hair feeling and looking dry and brittle.
Who should try sulphate-free products:
- Colour treated hair - sulphates will strip colour quicker, Pureology have built their brand with a focus on sulphate free, colour friendly hair care, shop the brand here.
- Hair extensions - if you have hair extensions (bonds/tapes) sulphates can break down the adhesive.
- Sensitive scalp - If you suffer from a sensitive scalp, sulphates can cause irritation like redness, dryness, and itching.
- Frizzy hair - Sulphate-free cleansers maintain the natural oils on the scalp and hair, which ultimately leaves your hair with more moisture.