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Why You Should Avoid Sulphates in Shampoos

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One of the most popular trends right now in the haircare sphere is switching to a sulphate-free shampoo.

The two sulphates that are most frequently used in the haircare business are sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulphate (SLES). 

But why should one switch to a sulphate-free shampoo? Using sulphates for hair can dry out your strands drastically.

Here’s everything you need to know about sulphate shampoos and why you need to switch. 

What Are Sulphates?

Sulphates are nothing but surfactants. Their purpose is to lessen the surface tension between your shampoo and your scalp so that the shampoo's active ingredients may effectively remove dirt, oil, and dead skin cells. Sulphates are an ingredient in many cleansing products like shampoo, dishwashing liquid, and laundry detergent.

What Do Sulphates Do To Your Hair?

Sulphates are regarded as effective cleaning solutions with the deepest cleansing qualities. For the purpose of getting rid of scalp buildup, these sulphates produce a lathering action that helps cleanse your scalp and hair. But here’s the downside to it sulphates could strip your hair and scalp of its natural oils, leaving your hair dry and brittle. Sulphates can also irritate sensitive skin and result in dryness, redness, and other side effects.

Sulphate Shampoo vs Sulphate-Free Shampoo

Before you make a decision between these two shampoos, you need to understand the difference between these shampoos. Read on to find out the differences between a sulphate shampoo and sulphate-free shampoo. 

Parameter

Sulphate Shampoo

Sulphate-Free Shampoo

Cleansing Effect

These can be harsh and can dry out your scalp and strands. 

Gently cleanses your hair and helps your strands retain moisture.

Environmental Effects

It’s harmful for the environment. 

Is environmentally-friendly. 

Tear-free

Produces an unpleasant sensation if the lather gets. into your eyes. 

They are gentle for your eyes

Nourishment & Hair Repair

Doesn’t repair your strands.

Helps repair your strands.

St.Botanica Recommends Best Sulphate-Free Hair Care Products

Using the right haircare products can prove to be the best solution for common hair concerns.

There are many benefits of using a sulphate free shampoo and that is why St.Botanica brings to you some of the best sulphate-free products.

Moroccan Argan Hair Shampoo, 300ml

St.Botanica’s Moroccan Argan Hair Shampoo effectively cleanses and refreshes your scalp. This dry & frizzy hair shampoo is devoid of sulphates, silicones, mineral oils, and parabens. But why use a sulphate-free shampoo? A sulphate-free shampoo cleanses your hair gently. Powered by the goodness of natural ingredients like Moroccan Argan Oil, Almond Oil, Oat Protein, Clary Sage Oil, Rosemary Oil, and Jojoba Oil it helps to prevent hair loss and damage too. This Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo aids in increasing hair strength, shine, as well as smoothness. 

Biotin & Collagen Volumizing Hair Shampoo, 300ml

St.Botanica’s Biotin & Collagen Volumizing Hair Shampoo is enriched with the goodness of Collagen, Vitamin B5, Oat Extract, and Biotin. It makes your hair look thicker, fuller, and lustrous. This Biotin & Collagen Shampoo is sulphate-free. And regularly using this shampoo for hair fall will aid in hair growth, repair damage, and prevent hair thinning. This shampoo also hydrates, softens and revitalises your hair. It is also one of the best anti-hair fall shampoos available in India.

Pro Keratin & Argan Oil Smooth Therapy Shampoo, 300ml

St.Botanica’s Pro Keratin & Argan Oil Smooth Therapy Shampoo thoroughly cleanses the scalp without leaving any residue. Enriched with the goodness of Pro-Keratin, Pro-Vitamin B5, Argan Oil, and Shikakai it helps hydrate hair and promotes smooth hair. This Pro-Keratin Shampoo helps transform your hair into strong and beautiful tresses. Free from sulphates and silicones, it’s mild on the scalp and hair. Unlike most shampoos, this anti-dandruff shampoo doesn’t dehydrate the hair and scalp – making it  one of the best shampoos to cleanse your scalp and dandruff.

Moroccan Argan Hair Conditioner, 300ml

St.Botanica’s Moroccan Argan Hair Conditioner is an ultra-nourishing solution for dry, colour-treated, and damaged hair. Fuelled by the goodness of plant extracts and natural oils such as Moroccan Argan Oil, Vitamin E, Pro-Vitamin B5, Olive Oil, Wheat Protein, Shea Butter, and Avocado Oil this dry & frizzy hair conditioner will give you smooth and frizz-free hair right from the first use. It doesn’t contain sulphates, mineral oils, silicones, and parabens and instead this Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner has effective natural ingredients that nourish your hair strands.

Pro Keratin & Argan Oil Smooth Therapy Conditioner, 300ml

Enriched with premium hair conditioning agents, the St.Botanica Pro Keratin & Argan Oil Smooth Therapy Conditioner profoundly conditions and strengthens your hair. It doesn’t contain sulphates, silicones, parabens, and mineral oils. It is known to leave your hair smooth, glossy and easy to manage. This Pro-Keratin Conditioner helps detangle your hair with ease, tame the flyaway hair and smoothen any frizz.

GO Curls Hair Conditioner 200ml

The St.Botanica GO Curls Hair Conditioner contains ingredients like Avocado Oil, Shea Butter, Vitamin E, Flaxseed Oil, Moroccan Argan Oil, and Pea Protein. This conditioner also doesn’t contain ingredients like sulphates, silicones, mineral oils, and parabens. The perfect blend of natural ingredients will help reduce frizz and restore as well as increase shine. This conditioner will help strengthen your hair strands and give you tangle-free curls.

Bhringraj & Amla Hair Mask, 200ml

St.Botanica Bhringraj & Amla Hair Mask is enriched with the goodness of Bamboo Extract, Amla Oil, Bhringraj Oil, and Neem Extract. It doesn’t contain harmful chemicals like silicones, sulphates, parabens, and mineral oils. This hair mask for dry and frizzy hair makes hair stronger and healthier. Regular usage can also get rid of dry and brittle hair while promoting healthy hair growth. Its creamy and nourishing texture pampers your hair while strengthening the follicles visibly. It delivers effective nutrients to the strands which further prevents premature breakage and greying too. 

Conclusion

Are sulphates bad for hair? The answer totally depends on your hair. Each person has a unique type of hair and their choices can also change with time. If you don't already have any hair-related concerns or sulphate allergies, you can pick any shampoo you like. But switching to a sulphate-free shampoo will nourish and gently cleanse your hair and like they say, prevention is always better than cure. It is crucial to speak with your dermatologist if you experience allergic symptoms like itchy scalp and hairfall.

FAQs About Sulphates in Shampoo

Are sulphates actually bad for your hair?

Yes, sulphates in shampoos can dry out your scalp and damage your strands drastically.

Who should use sulphate-free shampoo?

Those with dry hair, frizzy hair, and damaged hair should definitely try using a sulphate-free shampoo. 

When do you need to use sulphate-free shampoo?

When you start facing a lot of hair breakage and flaky scalp, you should switch to a sulphate-free shampoo. 

Can you wash your hair every day with sulphate-free shampoo?

No, you shouldn’t wash your hair every day. Wash your hair only twice or thrice a week.

Can you use sulphate-free shampoo on coloured hair?

Yes, using a sulphate-free shampoo is a great way to cleanse coloured hair.