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We all know it’s super important to ensure our shampoo doesn’t have any sulfates inside.  We understand that sulfates are synthetic cleansing agents that are really good and getting rid of dirt, styling product and sweat, but with that they also take away natural oils, moisture, and can make your hair strand rough. No good, right?

What most of us don’t know is that making it sulfate-free isn’t enough. Many sulfate-free shampoos can actually do more harm than good. They can leave hair extra dry, strip hair of its strength, leave it tangled and even increase the amount of frizz!  And here’s why…

When we started asking beauty companies to stop using harsh sulfates and find something better, they simply switched out one synthetic ingredient for another.

In many cases, the alternative was more harsh, not more gentle.  So, while a shampoo might read sulfate-free on the front, it actually means it’s still just as hard on your hair (and in some cases even worse) as its full-of-sulfates big sister.

What you need to find is a product that uses something naturally-derived that can both get hair all squeaky clean, but also helps condition and replenish hair.  Sound too good to be true?  It’s not.  Promise.

Thanks to improvements in technology, you can now find products that use fruit or vegetable-based cleansing ingredients instead of sulfates. What’s great about these gals is they don’t just make your shampoo all foamy and good at cleaning, they also put some good stuff back into your hair.

For example, some are made from coconut.  Coconut, as we know, is great for helping hair in a lot of ways: adding back moisture, leaving hair feeling softer, helping repair strands, easing detangling, reducing frizz, and boosting natural shine.  Yeah, all that.

Which means, as you shampoo you can get both a thorough cleanse and get a bunch of good stuff at the same time...all without sulfates. So, next time you’re thinking of getting a shampoo, take a look at the bottle and see how it measures up. You want to look for phrases like “naturally-derived cleanser” or “vegetable-derived cleansing agents.”  You might find it right on the front of the bottle in full view, or on the back just above the ingredient list and directions (a spot most of us skip past).


This post is sponsored by Carol's Daughter.

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