Suffering from dry, brittle hair? Your shampoo could be the culprit. Most shampoos contain harsh and drying ingredients, particularly sulfates, which can be harmful to sensitive scalps.
What are sulfates?
Sulfates are the chemicals found in cleaning agents such as shampoo, detergents or dishwashing soap, to create a lathering effect to remove oil and grime. The most commonly found sulfate in shampoos is known as sodium laureth sulfate (SLS).
Why is sulfate bad for your hair?
Although a good lathering shampoo can effectively remove oil, grime and dirt, it can also remove and strip the natural oils from your hair too. Sulfates are also harsh and drying, which may irritate those with sensitive or dry scalps. Additionally, sulfates are also notorious for damaging the ends of your hair, creating frizz and brittleness.
Luckily, thanks to formulation advancements, sulfate-free shampoos can be easily found in Singapore. Before you swap out your shampoo, continue reading to learn more about sulfates and what shampoos are good for your hair type.
When it comes to hair care, shampooing is the most crucial step. A good shampoo that can prevent and repair damaged hair is key to having smooth and silky hair. One such product is Kracie Ichikami Smoothing Shampoo. It’s infused with red rice extract, camellia oil and black rice essence to nourish and strengthen your hair.
After spending loads on keratin treatment, it’s crucial to choose a nourishing shampoo to ensure your hair stays silky as long as possible. The OGX Renewing + Argan Oil Of Morrocco Shampoo is infused with Morrocan argan oil to leave your hair moisturized and soft.
If you find yourself often reaching for dry shampoo to control your oily roots, it’s time to swap out your shampoo to Innisfree’s Green Tea Fresh Shampoo. The oil-controlling formula contains green tea, peppermint oil and extract to thoroughly clean your hair and provide oil control.
After putting your hair through chemical treatments, your precious mane can start to feel dry and brittle. To repair and strengthen your fragile hair, this moisturising shampoo from Briogeo is what you need. Formulated with coconut oil, panthenol and algae extract, it can reintroduce moisture back to your dry hair.
Give your curls some of that va-va-voom with Ouai Curl Shampoo! Whether you have permed hair, tight coils or natural waves, this lightweight shampoo can add moisture and life back to your locks. It’s formulated with keratin, tamarind seed extract and amino acids to revive lifeless curls.
If you think the drugstore doesn’t have any sulfate-free shampoo options, think again. Just head to your nearest drugstore and grab the EverPure Moisture 6-in-1 Cleansing Balm by L’Oreal Paris Hair Expert. The affordable shampoo is sulfate-free, silicone-free and dye-free to gently cleanse your hair without stripping it.
Living in a hot and humid tropical country can cause oily roots and itchy scalp. One way to alleviate this is by using a detoxifying shampoo, like the Abyssian Sunday Detox Exfoliating Shampoo. It’s made with Dead Sea salt rocks and Abyssinian oil to remove excess oil and build-up from the scalp. The shampoo is also gentle enough for itchy and sensitive scalps.
Beat the frizz with IGK THIRSTY GIRL Coconut Milk Anti-Frizz Shampoo! The hydrating shampoo works by smoothing down your hair cuticles to eliminate frizz. Formulated with hyaluronic acid and coconut milk, your hair will slowly become smoother, shinier and healthier from every wash.
While sulfates can dry out your hair, silicones can seal off moisture from your hair and cause dullness. Luckily, Moist Diane’s Botanical Refresh Smooth Sicilian Fruits Shampoo is free from silicones, sulfates and parabens.
The gentle and hydrating shampoo uses Morrocan argan oil, olive oil, pineapple ceramides and rosemary to help repair hair damage as well as protect it from environmental pollutants.
Limp and lifeless hair? What you need is Briogeo’s Blossom & Bloom Ginseng Biotin Volumizing Shampoo for voluminous hair. Formulated with ginseng, biotin, vitamin B5 and maltodextrin, it stimulates and strengthens your scalp to promote hair growth. Moreover, the formula adds volume and body to flat hair.
Do you know that sulfates can dry out your scalp? This harsh ingredient can worsen dry and sensitive scalps, leading to even more buildup and flakes. To combat dandruff, a sulfate-free alternative would be Skylake Premium Oriental Herb Cool Shampoo. Their signature herbal formulation is gentle yet effective in cleansing your scalp to remove excess oil and dandruff.
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