When it comes to hair care, there is no one-size-fits-all. Everyone needs to use products that cater to the needs of their specific hair type. But if there is one habit that every girl needs to adopt this year, irrespective of her hair type and texture, it is to switch to sulphate (SLS) free hair care products.

For those of you who don’t know, SLS (Sodium Laureth Sulphate) is a cleansing ingredient added to many beauty and wellness products such as body washes, shampoos, conditioners and even toothpaste to give it a rich lather. Although it is quite harmful, it is considered exceptionally damaging for your hair because it can strip your scalp of its natural oils, making it dry and brittle. On the other hand, Sulphate-free shampoos are gentle on the scalp and cleanse it without drying out your strands. Ahead, five reasons that’ll convince you to switch to a sulphate-free hair care routine ASAP.

 

01. Gives you softer, smoother hair

01. Gives you softer, smoother hair

Even though sulphate is an excellent cleansing agent, it is also overly stripping. Along with the dirt, excess oils and impurities, it also washes away the natural oils on your scalp, thereby leaving it dry and brittle. Washing your hair with a sulphate-free shampoo helps lock in moisture and does not eliminate the natural oils, making your hair appear a lot softer and smoother.

 

02. Prevents scalp irritation

02. Prevents scalp irritation

If you have a sensitive scalp, you definitely should stop SLS-infused hair products right away. SLS ends up penetrating several top layers of your scalp and causes inflammation. Since it also strips your scalp of natural oils, it compromises on the protective barrier, thereby increasing the chances of scalp irritation, redness and itching, especially in those people with a sensitive scalp.

 

03. Keeps your hair colour vibrant

03. Keeps your hair colour vibrant

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Sulphate shampoos have been proven to reduce the lifespan of our hair treatments (esp. hair colour), thanks to their stripping nature. This ends up making your hair colour look dull and washed out. Sulphate-free products like the Tresemme Pro Protect Sulphate Free Shampoo are a lot gentler on the mane as they lock-in moisture, which helps extend the life of your hair colour.

 

04. Prevents hair fall

04. Prevents hair fall

Since SLS-free shampoos do not strip and dry out your scalp, they do an excellent job maintaining the pH levels. This prevents your hair from breakage due to excessive dryness, which prevents hair fall and ensures healthy hair growth.

 

05.No more split ends

05.No more split ends

Since dry and damaged hair is the number one cause of split ends, switching to SLS-free products right away will be really beneficial. SLS-free hair care products’ gentle formula helps soothe, nourish, and condition your hair, thereby leaving it super healthy and shiny.

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