You may have seen a surge of sulphate-free products hitting shelves in stores and online over the past year or two, and there has been a huge increase in sulphate-free product sales. Across the web there is also a lot of doom & gloom thrust upon products that contain sulphates, but don’t believe everything you hear.
The short answer is, sulphate is the additive that lathers a product to enable it to clean whatever it is more effectively. Most commonly you’ll find sulphates in soaps and toothpastes. The lather helps remove dirt, oil & build up more efficiently, and therefore takes a fraction of the time for you.
There are also a few different types of sulphates, some are harsher than others. However, they are effective and on most hair types are perfectly safe to cleanse your hair and scalp.
If your hair or scalp is naturally drier, or you have curly hair, then you may find that products containing sulphate can take out too much natural oil, and therefore creating further dryness. This is the same for your skin, soap containing sulphates can also absorb too much moisture if your skin is prone.
So if you’re happy with the result of a product that contains sulphate and it’s not cleansing out too much natural oil, there’s no reason to stop using it. However if you’ve been thinking, “my hair is dryer that it should be”, then it may be the time to make the switch. At first you may find that sulphate free products don’t lather as much, if at all in some cases, but stay persistent and you’ll find the effects of them will greaten.