Imagine the most horrible hair in the world.
With embarrassing frizz.
And with split ends.
That was Emma’s and Nicole’s hair.
Emma is 24 years old. Two months ago she started using a sulfate-free shampoo.
Nicole is 38. She continues to use a common supermarket shampoo.
I wanted to write this article for a long time.
But I was scared.
I was afraid that I couldn’t express with words what I wanted to say.
How could I explain in simple words the benefits of using a sulfate-free shampoo?
How could I explain the differences between a common shampoo and a sulfate-free shampoo?
One day I figured it out.
The best way to explain all this stuff was with examples.
That’s where Emma and Nicole came in.
Both of them had very difficult hair.
Brushing their hair was a feat that took up to an hour a day.
They had to get up an hour earlier every day to fight with their hair.
The funniest thing is that after an hour, their hair didn’t look perfect.
They accomplished only a decent look.
By the time they arrived at their office, school, or wherever, not only were they in the worst mood possible, but their hair had returned to its usual ridiculous shape.
Can you imagine that?
That’s why they hated their hair.
I can’t blame them.
Only those who have the same problem know how frustrating it can be.
Emma decided to do something about it.
She started using a sulfate-free shampoo.
What about Nicole?
She continued using the same shampoo she always had.
Now, a couple of months later, Emma is using sulfate-free shampoo and Nicole is using her old shampoo. Today I will tell you both of their results.
I will tell you how their hair is today.
What do you think?
In today’s article, I’m going to reveal the answers to these questions:
- What happened to Emma’s hair after two weeks of using a sulfate-free shampoo?
- What happened to Nicole’s hair after two months of using a common supermarket shampoo?
- What are the dangers of your current shampoo?
- What are the best sulfate-free shampoo brands?
And much more.
When you finish reading this article, you’re going to know more about sulfate-free shampoo than the millionaire owner of L’Oréal.
Tabla de Contenidos
- How to get to 120 years with teenage hair
- The secret of sulfates and an incredible revelation
- Are sulfates dangerous?
- Which hair types should use sulfate-free shampoos?
- Best sulfate-free shampoo brands: you don’t have to be a millionaire to buy them
- Real results of sulfate-free shampoo
- Final conclusions
How to get to 120 years with teenage hair
Where do we start?
Emma’s and Nicole’s stories.
Both of them had very dry and frizzy hair.
They had both reached a point where they hated their hair.
They, like many people, asked me the same questions.
Carina, what treatment can I use to eliminate frizz?
Carina, what treatment can I use to resolve my hair’s problems?
Most people look for magic solutions to give them the hair they want.
If they have frizzy hair, they look for a magic treatment that will eliminate frizz.
If they have dry hair, they look for a treatment that promises a solution to this problem.
And so on.
The problem with these so-called “hair repair treatments” or “rejuvenating treatments” is that they don’t work.
The only thing that happens with these magic treatments is that you hide the real problem.
And the real problem is that your hair is damaged.
That’s the real problem.
That’s why you have all that out-of-control frizz.
So, what’s the solution for all the girls out there with frizzy and dry hair?
Do they have to give up and live with that hideous hair for the rest of their lives?
The answer is no.
There is a solution.
And it’s much simpler than you think.
Instead of recommending dubious-quality treatments that hardly ever work, I recommend a simple thing.
It’s so simple that it’s funny.
Can you imagine that?
Let’s face the truth
If you have damaged hair and do nothing about it, your hair will get worse.
If you have frizz today, in a few years you will have a lot of frizz. If you have dry hair today, in a few years your hair will look like a desert.
But all that can change if you start doing something for your hair today. If you decide to start using a sulfate-free shampoo.
Why is it important to start using a sulfate-free shampoo?
What are sulfates?
We’re going to discover what sulfates are and an amazing thing will blow your mind.
I stood with my mouth open out of surprise for almost a week when I was told what I’m going to reveal now. My eyes almost slipped out of my face.
The secret of sulfates and an incredible revelation
Let’s try to understand what sulfates are.
Sulfates constitute one of the main ingredients in most of the shampoos and hair cosmetic products that we use every day.
Just read the label of your shampoo or conditioner and you will surely find that it contains sulfates or some derivative of them.
Let’s do the test right now.
Do you dare go into your bathroom and check the label on your shampoo?
If among the ingredients of your shampoo you find “sodium lauryl sulfate,” that is the sulfate.
It can also appear as its acronym, SLS.
I will wait here while you go check your shampoo.
But please come back because we haven’t gotten to the best part yet.
Are you here?
At this point you know whether your shampoo does or doesn’t have sulfates.
Now I ask you to pay close attention.
What I am about to reveal is one of the most important things in the whole article.
What’s more, I think that with this information alone you can close the page and start doing something more entertaining.
Since we were children we have been taught that foam is synonymous with cleaning. When foam appears, we believe it is because we are doing a great job washing our hair.
“It makes plenty of foam, as if it were the beard of St. Nicholas.”
My mom used to tell me that when I was a kid.
I’m sorry, Mom.
Thirty years later I discovered the truth.
Foam doesn’t clean the hair.
So why do we use shampoo with an ingredient that only creates foam and that ruins our hair?
And generates frizz.
And dries the hair.
It doesn’t make a lot of sense.
I thought the same thing.
Shampoo has been used in Europe since the middle of the 19th century. Back then they used simple liquid soap to which fragrance was added to create an aroma. In other words, they perfectly fulfilled their mission: wash the hair.
The shampoos of the 19th century contained no sulfates or other harsh chemicals.
People in the 19th century were the dirty ones who used sulfate-free shampoos?
They cared about beauty just as much as we do now.
The only difference is that perhaps beauty was not as popular as it is now. However, people have always been concerned about looking attractive – and, above all, being clean.
Only in the first decades of the 20th century did the advance of the chemical sciences focus on cosmetic products and begin adding all kinds of substances such as sulfates.
Advertising was responsible for convincing people that shampoos full of chemicals were indispensable if one did not want to look grubby.
Does this mean that we could replace our current shampoos for sulfate-free ones?
And we would not become hippies (with all respect to hippies).
A sulfate-free shampoo will clean our hair as well as a shampoo with sulfates.
Are sulfates dangerous?
First, I want to clarify one important thing.
Sulfates do not cause cancer.
For many years, an urban myth circulated on the Internet saying that classic shampoos cause cancer. This is a lie.
There is no proven evidence for it.
Human hair generates natural oils known as sebum. For the hair to remain healthy it must maintain a certain amount of sebum. When shampoo removes more sebum than necessary, the hair dries and that’s why frizz appears.
Do you remember Emma and Anna?
They were using a common sulfate shampoo. That’s why their hair was so dry and frizzy.
Dry hair is damaged hair.
We already know that sulfates are not dangerous but they are responsible for drying out the hair.
So, what hair types should avoid sulfates?
Which hair types should use sulfate-free shampoos?
Now it’s time to face the truth.
Do you need a sulfate-free shampoo or can you continue using your current one?
Answering this question is really easy.
If you have any of these hair types, I recommend that you change your shampoo.
- Dry hair
- Frizzy hair
- Over-processed hair
- Dyed hair
- Hair with split ends
Do you have any of these hair types?
Change your shampoo now because otherwise the situation will get worse.
At this point you should know whether you need to change your shampoo.
But how do you choose a sulfate-free shampoo?
Which are the best?
Best sulfate-free shampoo brands: you don’t have to be a millionaire to buy them
The hair product brands that predominate today have popularized the use of classic shampoos. For example, it wouldn’t make much sense to buy a sulfate-free shampoo from Sedal or L’Oréal.
Instead there are many small manufacturers that stay away from the industrial processes that big brands use. These are the shampoos I recommend you look for. They are also the shampoos I recommend to the salon’s clients.
There are maybe hundreds of small manufacturers making sulfate-free shampoos. If I were to name all of them, the list would be endless and surely no one would read it. I’m going to talk about only the sulfate-free shampoos I know of and that are used by many salon clients.
Let’s jump to the first shampoo.
That was the first shampoo. Let’s see the second one.
At this point I will stop talking about shampoo because I think that it is more than clear which sorts of shampoos you should look for.
If you have paid attention, you will know that the shampoos I named are from brands unknown to the general public.
These are the shampoos I recommend.
However, many readers don’t have this kind of shampoo at their fingertips because they live in small cities where the options are limited.
That’s why I will recommend one last sulfate-free shampoo, this one from a “big brand.” It is not ideal, but it is better than the alternative.
What shampoo are we talking about?
Remember, if you have the chance, choose one of the above shampoos or a similar one. It doesn’t matter which brand. What matters is that the shampoo is sulfate-free.
Real results of sulfate-free shampoo
We already know what sulfates are.
We already know how to choose a good sulfate-free shampoo.
What we don’t yet know are the real results of using one of these shampoos.
Is there much difference between sulfate-free and classic shampoos?
Do you remember Emma and Nicole?
Both of them had hideous hair. They were so angry that they couldn’t even look in the mirror.
Emma started using a sulfate-free shampoo about two months ago.
Nicole, for personal reasons, continued to use the same shampoo she always did.
What does their hair look like today?
What effects did sulfate-free shampoo have on Emma’s hair?
It seems to me that the best way to show the effect of sulfates on the hair is with real-life cases. That’s why I asked Emma and Nicole if they would share the stories on the blog.
I give the floor to Emma and Nicole.
That was Emma’s story.
Now let’s meet Nicole.
I understand that changing shampoos can be cumbersome at first.
We are accustomed to going to the supermarket and buying the first shampoo we see on sale.
However, I am convinced that using sulfate-free shampoos is worth the effort.
You may not notice the effects of changing shampoos right now, but in a few months your hair will thank you.
Using a sulfate-free shampoo is like an investment in your hair. Imagine being a grandmother and having healthy, shiny, splendid hair.
All thanks to a simple change of shampoo.
Have you ever used a sulfate-free shampoo?
Do you still have questions about which sulfate-free shampoo to choose?