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When it comes to shampooing your hair, do you care if it's sulfate-free or not?

I've been in cosmetology school for a month (a redken salon) and a lot of my instructors seem to have mixed feelings on the subject. Personally I lean towards sulfate-free because I've noticed the change in my hair (good ones). I heard sulfates strips your hair of it's natural moisture, which depending on how often you wash your hair can be damaging. Some people say though it's just a gimmick to make you buy something you believe is better for your hair. Opinions?

 

Also what do you use at home for your shampoo and conditioner.

Re: When it comes to shampooing your hair, do you care if it's sulfate-free or not?

If you think back to chemistry and sulfates, or soaponification, any sort of cleanser or surfactant lifts dirt along with the oils.  So if you're "sulfate" free you're not "sulfite" or "soaponified coconut" free.  They all dry the same. 

 

Thats not so say that your hair is less dry due to silicones or proteins in the shampoo.  

Although using something with laureth is better than lauryl… its more gentle on the protein that makes up the hair.  

 

 

Hope that helps! 

 

 

and for the record i use the deva curl no poo religiously Smiley Happy

Re: When it comes to shampooing your hair, do you care if it's sulfate-free or not?

My hair is colored with Goldwell Elumen, so I use the special Elumen wash by Goldwell on the occasions that I do wash my hair.  The Elumen coloring system is different than traditional hair coloring in that it relies on the polarity of the molecules instead of stripping the hair through oxidation.  Anyway, it is not sulfate free, just specially designed to work with my specific coloring.  I should also add that I rarely actually *wash* my hair with shampoo--- I'll get it wet or use a cleansing conditioner, but mostly I only shampoo once a week or sometimes longer. 

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Re: When it comes to shampooing your hair, do you care if it's sulfate-free or not?

I actually really care if it has sulfates because my scalp gets irritated if it does. I only use organic and sulfate free shampoos like pro naturals argan oil shampoo. The difference is very noticeable.

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My scalp gets irritated by sulfates a lot too. I tried Redken's diamond oil and I really like how it made my hair feel, but a day after the itching started. :/ I really cant use any of the shampoos at school, totally sucks!

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Sort of...

I generally follow the Curly Girl method, which means avoiding sulfates and non-water-soluble silicones. However, I believe that overall formulation is much more important than the presence or absence of a single particular ingredient (Unless there are actual allergies involved). I've tried sulfate-free shampoos that have left my hair dried and stripped. I also own a sulfate shampoo that leaves my hair so soft I can detangle my hair with this stuff in it. It's a pH balanced shampoo, which prevents the cuticle lift that higher pH shampoos can cause (the same reason baking soda can do major damage if overused). It also has panthenol and silk amino acids, which help to make hair softer. 

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I think this is very true.  You also need to factor in how often you are shampooing your hair and how often you are heat styling.  Sulfates can strip your color a lot faster.  I have noticed this big time when I used Redken or Pureology.  I used to swear by Pureology but L'oreal got their hands on that brand and totally changed the formula.  I don't think it's a gimmick at all.  I swear by Kevin Murphy products.  They are pricey but so worth it.  My hair has changed a lot for the better since using Kevin Murphy.  I feel like if you are going to pay good money to get your hair colored or styled professionally than you need to pay good money for products and aftercare.  I think if you are going to go for a drugstore shampoo you are better off saving your money and using your dish soap or laundry detergent because they are basically the same thing.  Sorry not sorry I can't stand drugstore haircare.  I am a complete brand snob when it comes to haircare.  When it works it works.

 

Since switching to Kevin Murphy my hair doesn't haven't to be colored as often.  It holds the highlites great and doesn't fade nearly as fast as when using products with alcohols and sulfates.  My split ends don't get nearly as bad or as noticable.  My hair stays shiny no matter what, even if I let it air dry.  I have no buildup and no oily feel to my hair.  This brand has brought the life back into my hair.  My aunt has been doing hair for 25 years and just opened her first salon and she only carries Kevin Murphy because they work that well.  She used to only use Redken, Pureology and Suga.  She says the only way she will stop selling Kevin Murphy is if they change their forumla or sells out to L'oreal.

 

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I really appreciate you taking a lot of time to tell me about your personal opinion/experience. It's amazing how much I've learned since I've been in school about how to take care of your hair. Also myths like brushing your hair/cutting the split ends makes your hair grow faster (does not, but certainly makes it a lot healthier).  I'm still on the search for my own haircare routine. I have fine hair and is thining to the point where it's noticeable so I am really researching my brands and products right now religiously.

Re: When it comes to shampooing your hair, do you care if it's sulfate-free or not?

Thanks lady!  It's all about finding what works for you and your hair.  I noticed too the more water I drink and the more I workout that it really does affect every part of your body including your hair.  I hope you find a routine that is right for you.

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Ive been using LP since May and have not noticed a huge difference color wise. but i also wash my hair 3xs a week. I just prefer to mix in my non sulfate  for clarifying

Re: When it comes to shampooing your hair, do you care if it's sulfate-free or not?

I wash every day and use sulfates and have no problem whatsoever.

The problem isn't about whether a product contains sulfates, but what types of sulfates and the concentration of them. Obviously a shampoo with a high concentration of ammonium lauryl sulfate is going to be much harsher than a shampoo with low levels of sodium myreth sulfate.

It also depends on the balance of other cleansing ingredients.

But really what it comes down to is budget and personal preference.

 

The only time I would ever recommend sulfate-free is if someone had sulfate allergies.

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I color my hair every 7 weeks. It's also very long and quite fine. I find that sulfate free (I go paraben free too) helps my hair keep its color better. I go between WEN Pomegranate and L'Anza healing strength.

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How do you like wen? 

Re: When it comes to shampooing your hair, do you care if it's sulfate-free or not?

I love Wen hair care! I use it every day and about once a week I use sexy hair volumizing shampoo just to switch it up and prevent any build-up.

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I try to stay free of sulfates because I have seen a difference in my hair color. I never used to pay attention to my shampoos, but now that I am using some high end, sulfate free shampoos and conditioners (thank you Sephora for all the samples), I've found a huge difference in my hair color - it stays vibrant and has more staying power!

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I know right?! I can't believe all those years I went without high quality sulfate-free shampoos. It changed my hair, I just wish I found it sooner!

Re: When it comes to shampooing your hair, do you care if it's sulfate-free or not?

When my hair was permed I didn't care what went in my hair. But since making the decision to go natural in November and actually chopping off my permed ends in June, yes I care! My curls don't like sulfates. Sulfates kill them, sulfate free shampoos on the other hand bring them to life and give them more definition.  

Re: When it comes to shampooing your hair, do you care if it's sulfate-free or not?

I use Ouidad curl recovery cleansing oil which is sulfate free because I needed something for a drier scalp.  I have color treated, curly hair and this line works well for me especially when I don't straighten it.  However, when I get my hair colored once a month and the stylist straightens it, it looks awesome and the salon uses Redken products, which do have sulfates. 

Re: When it comes to shampooing your hair, do you care if it's sulfate-free or not?

I have tried to steer away from shampoos that contain sulfate, and noticed a huge difference after a week or so.

Re: When it comes to shampooing your hair, do you care if it's sulfate-free or not?

I honestly already have oily hair so using a sulfate free one alone tends to weigh my hair down. i switched to LP no frizz back in May, and i use the matrix color xl which is a lower sulfate to clarify. Idk if it makes a huge difference. i wash my hair 3xs a week

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I personally dont like shampoos that have sulfates and conditioners that dont have silicones, because i noticed with my mixed race curly hair it would be super dry, once i switched from products that did have sulfates and silicones to products that didnt my curls are very healthy looking and mosterized
i use devacare noo poo and one conditioner (:

Re: When it comes to shampooing your hair, do you care if it's sulfate-free or not?

I've used both for long periods and I tend to be happier with sulfate shampoo but silicone free (or very low silicone) conditioner. I was my hair every third day or so on average (sometimes less often) and I find that because I'm so lazy about that, sulfates make it easier to really clean my hair properly. I stay away from major silicone amounts because I have lots of very fine hair so silicones weigh it down. I also have coloured hair (copper), and I don't find any difference in colour retention whether I use sulfates or not. My current favourites are the Joico K-Pak Color Therapy range, which doesn't smell the best but does a really good job keep my hair well balanced and keeping my colour looking good.

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I started using sulfate free shampoo at the beginning of January when I noticed that my already thin, fine hair was getting extremely thin. I have used a couple different brands because I get bored easily and like having a variety. I have been using Max Green Alchemy Scalp Rescue Shampoo and Conditioner which has helped so much with my itchy scalp, and Ojon Rare Blend makes my hair super soft but the best I have used is Josh Rosebrook Shampoo and Conditioner. It makes my hair look so much fuller and keeps it cleaner longer than any of the rest. The point I was trying to get to though is that I now have a bunch of new hair growth that I completely contribute to the sulfate free shampoo. I'm never going back...

Re: When it comes to shampooing your hair, do you care if it's sulfate-free or not?

After using sulfate free for a while now, I don't think I'll ever go back to regular shampoo. My hair is healthier, my color stays more vibrant, I don't have to wash it as often & no more dry scalp! 

I use a purple sulfate-free (redken) once a week to keep my blonde in check, but other than that I don't have a strong preference to which sulfate-free I use. Giovanni (found at target) is a nice, decent priced sulfate-free option. 

I only wash it 2x a week, and use an apple cider vinegar rinse every other week to get rid of build-up before I shampoo. 

 

Re: When it comes to shampooing your hair, do you care if it's sulfate-free or not?

I prefer sulfate free. My scalp is pretty sensitive and I have found that if I use a sulfate, it will irritate my scalp and make it itchy.

Re: When it comes to shampooing your hair, do you care if it's sulfate-free or not?

when my hair is not colored i don't really care about sulfate free or not but when its colored esp with the semi permanent colors i need the sulfate free 

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