WHAT IS A SULPHATE?
Sulfate or Sulphate is a molecule with a chemical formula SO2 composed of salt (sulfuric acid), acid derivatives, and peroxides of sulfate widely used in industries. Sulfates occur in everyday life.
These products contain sulfates, parabens, phthalates, paraffin, gluten, propylene glycol, mineral oil, synthetic fragrance, synthetic color and DEA. However, not all sulphate products contain all of the ingredients listed. They are not harmful to the body or hair. In the natural hair community sulphate products get a bad reputation because of its properties.
DISADVANTAGES OF SULPHATE PRODUCTS
- Products that contain sulphates can cause irritation to the scalp and skin (especially for individuals with sensitive skin, dandruff etc…)
- Sulphates are harsh on the hair and scalp causing dryness
- Sulphates can strip your hair of essentials oils
Although sulphate products are not the best beneficial products to use in terms of hair care, sulphate shampoos for e.g. does a tremendous job at removing buildup and thoroughly cleansing your hair. However, should you use a sulphate shampoo remember to follow up with a moisturizing conditioner and a moisturizing deep conditioner to restore moisture and essentials oils back into your hair. Alot of naturals still use sulphate products and they work great in their hair care routine. It all depends on individual preference and experimentation to determine whether or not sulphate products are the right choice for you.
SULPHATE FREE PRODUCTS
Unlike sulphate products, sulphate free products does not contain sulfates, parabens, phthalates, paraffin, gluten, propylene glycol, mineral oil, synthetic fragrance, synthetic color and DEA. However, some products claim to be sulphate free but not paraben free. Not all sulphate free products would be paraben free, likewise not all sulphate free products would be gluten and mineral oil free as well. It is important that you carefully read the ingredients list of products before you purchase. Of course sulphate free products are very popular but tend to be quite costly. They are widely known throughout natural hair communities, blogs, YouTube etc… Sulphate free products are preferably chosen and used by many naturals.
ADVANTAGES OF SULPHATE FREE PRODUCTS
- No sulphates
- No harsh ingredients
- Does not irritate the scalp and skin
- Less tangles
DISADVANTAGES OF SULPHATE FREE PRODUCTS
- Shampoos may not thoroughly and effectively cleanse hair. For those who use heavy styling products opt for a clarifying shampoo at least once per month or a deep cleansing shampoo.
Sulphate and sulphate free products are both popular and are used by many natural based on personal preferences. You have to experiment with both products to determine which one best suits your needs.
As always have a happy, healthy hair journey!