One may have noticed that in recent years more and more shampoo bottles are showing off how they are sulfate-free. Sulfate-free is taking the hair-care world by storm. Whether you're walking down the beauty aisle in your favorite store or tuning into some of your favorite self-care beauty shows you've heard of the multiple benefits that going sulfate-free can bring you. Is going sulfate-free just a trend or will it actually benefit you?
What Are Sulfates? What Do They Do?
Most popular shampoos are loaded with chemical foaming agents like sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium dodecyl sulfate. Otherwise, known as sulfates. Shampoos are filled with sulfates because sulfates enhance the effectiveness of shampoo. Sulfates make it easier for all the gross things to be washed out of our hair. At low concentrations sulfates are safe to use. However, when used frequently sulfates can strip your hair of its protein and natural oils. This causes your hair to become dry and brittle.
Hair is entirely composed of protein. So when the protein that is making up your hair is being weakened and damaged that only calls for bad news. In 2005 study conducted by two researchers at The University of Campinas in São Paulo, Brazil found that hair immersed in a sodium dodecyl solution loses 7 times as much protein than hair immersed in water.
Who Does Sulfate Effect More?
People with dyed and color treated hair should steer clear of using sulfates in any of their hair products. Sulfates are harsh cleansers and can easily remove color from one's hair. People with sensitive scalps should also consider sulfate-free options as sulfate can cause irritation and itching. People with dry, frizzy or fine hair should consider sulfate-free the best way to go. Sulfate-free shampoos and hair products ultimately leaves the hair clean and with more moisture. While not directly linked to baldness going sulfate-free can help combat against baldness for both men and women!
If you're looking for affordable and reliable sulfate-free products then look no further than the Prismax Hair line. The Prismax Control Care Shampoo and Conditioner are both sulfate-free and won't strip your hair of its natural oils and protein. Making the switch to sulfate-free hair products will provide you with long-lasting healthy hair.
Some maintenance tips for using sulfate-free products are that many times after receiving a Keratin Treatment or one of our Prismax Hair Nutritivo Treatments (Check out our article where we describe the benefits of our Hair Nutritivo Treatments versus the expensive alternative of Keratin Treatments) you should wash out your hair with sulfate-free products to ensure maximum hair health.
If you are using our Prismax products for preventative maintenance, use Prismax on an as-needed basis or after coloring, highlighting, or chemical processes such as Keratin Treatments and relaxers to protect hair from drying out. You can use Prismax immediately after professional coloring/highlighting procedures. If you use at-home hair dyes, please wait at least 48 hours before using Prismax because this treatment is heat-activated. Please wait 15 days after Keratin Treatments and relaxers before using Prismax.
Prismax Hair Nutritivo Treatments are ideal for hair that is dry, frizzy, damaged, dull or highly porous. Prismax works on all hair types. Prismax is a progressive treatment and should be used monthly for the best results.
Enjoy the sulfate-free experience.