Sulfates: Are they Good or Bad for your hair?
I just want to remind everyone that the frequency you should wash your hair depends on your lifestyle. If you’re more active and basically sweating more, it’s probably a good idea to shampoo and condition more often. But if you’re someone who isn’t, try not to wash your hair so often.
Shampoo and conditioner
If there’s anything you learn from this post, it’s to use shampoo with a conditioner. While shampooing is great to clean your hair, often people forget that it strips away the essential oils your hair produces. In order to keep your hair moisturized and healthy, it’s important to use a conditioner after shampooing.
A tip for anyone reading this: When you’re applying the conditioner, let it sit in your hair for 2-4 minutes – you’ll thank me when you feel how soft your hair will be.
Sulfates. Good or Bad?
Try and avoid sulfates in shampoos. They are basically detergents used in shampoo to help with cleaning your hair. Sulfates are a cheap detergent that basically help with creating the foam effect when shampooing.
But one big reason why people have been avoiding sulfates in shampoos s because this sulfate compound has been found to be used as a cleaning detergent for other things such as cleaning garage floors. Now I won’t get too technical but the short story is that Sulfates are good and bad.
Good in a sense that they clean your hair quite well and bad in a sense that they may cause dryness and irritation.
I’m not telling you to go out there and use only sulfate-free but consider what you’re putting into your hair and if it’s actually affecting your scalp and hair.
Two in One
Should you buy two in one shampoo and conditioner? I’m going to stop you right there and tell you the only reason you would need to buy two in ones are because of the price.
2-in-1 shampoo/conditioners are cheaper. You’re not buying two separate bottles of a shampoo and conditioner. Instead, you’ve crammed both into one bottle. So does it actually work? Not really.
It’s more of a glorified shampoo than a conditioner. So what you’re actually doing to your hair is more stripping away than cleaning.
2-in-1s may sound great, but remember that a dedicated shampoo and conditioner will always be better for your hair than a 2-in-1.
If you’ve never used it before you should definitely give it a try. Joe can’t stress enough how dry shampoo is great for reviving your hair if it looks greasy and dirty.
For those days where you don’t wash your hair, use a dry shampoo. Spray at the roots and you’ll have ready to go hair that doesn’t look nasty.
It’s great for those of us who don’t wash their hair everyday. It also makes it easier to style your hair treated with dry shampoo than it is to style with dirty, greasy hair. Trust us, you’ll thanks us later.