Sulphate-free shampoos are on the rise, and they’re widely becoming a haircare staple for many people.
But what are sulphates, and why would you choose to use a sulphate-free shampoo? Our handy guide can tell you everything you need to know without getting in a lather.
What are sulphates?
Sulphates are chemicals used as cleaning agents, and they’re widely found in shampoos, shower gels and shaving gels to create a bubbly, foaming texture.
The most common sulphates used in personal care cleansers and cleaning products are sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES).
What is sulphate-free shampoo?
Put simply, sulphate-free shampoo is a gentle cleansing shampoo made without sulphates.
Sulphate-free shampoos still effectively clean hair that has a mild to moderate accumulation of oils, dirt, or styling products - handy for people who like to wash more frequently. For people who wash their hair less frequently or use lots of leave-in products, shampoos containing sulphates are more appropriate.
What is sulphate-free conditioner?
Since sulphates are typically found in cleansing agents, conditioners tend to already be sulphate-free.
Sulphate-free shampoo benefits
How to use sulphate-free shampoo
When you switch to using a sulphate-free shampoo, you’ll find it’s much less foamy than your sulphated shampoos – don’t be tempted to use more product than you normally would to get the same amount of lather.
Make sure your hair is thoroughly soaked – add a small amount of shampoo onto your scalp and roots, and apply it from the nape of your neck upwards for a thorough clean. Spend extra time gently massaging the shampoo into your scalp and lengths – an easy way to boost sulphate-free shampoo’s cleaning abilities is to work it well into your hair. You can add a little more water to create extra lather.
If your hair is dirty the first time you use sulphate-free products, you won’t see that much foam as the shampoo will be cleansing your hair, not producing lather. Once your hair is clean, you’ll see more foam.
Can I use sulphate-free shampoo?
Anyone is able to use sulphate-free shampoo - it’s great for your hair’s overall visible health and can help to improve the condition of your hair in the long-term.
Sulphate-free shampoos deliver deep care with a rich lather. People with naturally curly hair may find that they help with curl definition, reduce frizz, and smooth their hair.
Can I use sulphate-free shampoo on coloured hair?
You absolutely can – but remember that cleansing your hair may cause hair dyes to fade. Water opens your hair’s cuticle, which lets colour escape faster during washing.
Which John Frieda shampoos are sulphate-free?
The following John Frieda shampoos don’t contain sulphates: