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Why Sulfate-Free Shampoo May be For You

Chances are you’ve seen the sulfate-free shampoo trend picking up steam over the last few years. Much more than a passing fad, hair products and shampoos that are sulfate-free are here to stay. Let’s find out what’s behind all the buzz.

What is Sulfate-Free Shampoo?

Sulfates are surfactants—or foaming agents—used in a wide variety of body and hair products to create a lathering effect while dislodging and lifting away dirt, pollution, and oils. The two most common sulfates found in hair products are sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES). The exclusion of sulfates in shampoos effectively maximizes the retention of healthy natural oils on your scalp and hair.

Before deciding if sulfate-free shampoos are right for you, let’s look at the main reasons behind their recent rise in popularity.

Should I Use a Sulfate-Free Shampoo?

Although shampoos containing sulfate serve to lift dirt and oil from your scalp, considering the amount of sulfates shampoos can contain and how often we wash our hair, there’s a risk of removing too much oil.

While your hair may feel squeaky clean after a good shampoo, washing most of the oil down the drain can cause hair to be dry, brittle, and frizzy. Likewise, stripping away the scalp’s natural moisture-balancing sebum leaves it dehydrated and sensitive, leading to irritation and itchiness.

If you can relate to one or more of these situations—and you’re not already using a sulfate-free shampoo or conditioner—now is a great time to give it a try.

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The Benefits of Sulfate-Free Products

Without their lather-generating ingredient, sulfate-free shampoos contain substitute oil-removing agents that tend to be much milder. These gentler yet potent versions are formulated to retain moisture, like Coconut Oil & Cocoa Butter Shampoo and Royal Hibiscus & Shea Butter Shampoo from the Whole Blends Sulfate-Free Remedy line of Garnier shampoos. While they may not produce as many bubbles as we’re accustomed to, remember that hair products do not need to foam up to be effective.

Another bonus of choosing a shampoo with no sulfates is it may help colored and chemically treated tresses stay vibrant and hydrated. Excluding heavy surfactants from shampoo for hair color like Sulfate Free Remedy Red Rose Extract & Vinegar Shampoo can let follicles lock in dyes more easily and prevent premature fading.

Last, but certainly not least, shampoos that are sulfate-free can be used every day because they preserve the body’s natural oils. Some add even more moisture, like Coco & Aloe Vera Hydrating Shampoo Bar. Better yet, our shampoo bars are free of plastic packaging!

Sulfate-Free Products for Curly Hair

Sulfate-free products for curly hair are important as they help keep your curls clean while retaining their natural oils. Garnier is expanding its range of no-sulfate alternatives to include targeted treatments like sulfate-free products for curly hair. Now you can treat your ringlets to Curl Co-Wash conditioner, Curl Multi-Use Oil, or Air-Dry Butter Cream from Garnier’s Curl Nourish collection. Or gently drench parched locks with a leave-in treatment like Miracle Frizz Tamer 10-in-1 Coconut Oil & Cocoa Butter Leave-in Treatment and fix severe damage with Sulfate Free Remedy Honey Treasures Conditioner

See if sulfate-free haircare is right for you and stay tuned for a growing collection of options!

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