So I’m back after a break from blogging and a few unexpected life changes to boot so thanks for bearing with me during this last month. I am now back on track and very much looking forward to sharing some great posts with you leading up to Christmas including posts on interiors, gorgeous children’s nightwear and also our very first beauty Vlog! Watch this space…
In my last post, we discussed how to restore dry, damaged hair back to health. We touched on the subject of using sulphate free products – but what are sulphates and what damage can they do to your hair?
Why You Should Avoid Sulphates…
Sulphates are a commonly used group of detergents that are used in countless consumer goods today.
The most commonly used sulphates are sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulphate (SLES). These corrosive cleaning agents started off as an industrial strength cleaning additive since they easily cut through heavily soiled surfaces.
The fact that SLS and SLES detergents produce such a heavy, thick lather is not a good thing when it comes to your skin, hair and mouth. This corrosive lather actually strips away precious moisture and protective barriers.
It also roughs up the cuticle of the hair, making it appear dull, dry and damaged. The stripping action contributes to increased porosity which makes for a dull appearance and more problems with frizz and manageability. It has even been linked to follicular damage and can potentially contribute to hair loss.
Source: Natural News
Sulphate Free Hair Products – click titles for links on where to buy!
This shampoo is designed to add moisture and protection, perfect for replenishing dry, damaged hair. It is sulphate and paraben free, and it gently cleanses chemically treated, damaged hair and replenishes dry, damaged hair with no heavy build-up. Suitable for all hair types. Buy your Macadamia shampoo here.
This gentle natural hair care shampoo easily rinses and adds super shine while leaving your hair feeling thicker and looking oh-so fuller. Formulated with antioxidant-rich Pomegranate Seed Oil and Jojoba Protein, a natural moisturiser, it’s the natural moisturising shampoo that gives you beautiful, healthy-looking hair. Best used with Burt’s Bees conditioner.
Moisture Repair Shampoo and Conditioner are for hair that has been weakened or damaged by color, chemical processing or heat styling. They restore hair by bathing it in a highly concentrated formula rich in antioxidant argan oil, reconstructive keratin and fatty acids. Both products restore elasticity, moisture and manageability. The formulas are free of sulphates, phosphates and parabens, so they’re safer for the environment and won’t dry, fade or strip color-treated hair. Although more expensive than many of the other sulphate free shampoo and conditioners on the market, the results are spectacular, especially when combined with the Moroccan Oil Treatment.
L’Oreal Paris Hair Expertise is a non-sulphate cleansing system. Indulgent care to help protect over-processed, dry, coloured hair. It has had great reviews and is relatively inexpensive to buy.
Organic coconut milk and ultra whipped egg white proteins along with weightless coconut oil to hydrate and nourish your hair as gentle cleansers wash away impurities. Follow up with OGX’s Coconut Milk Conditioner.
If you’re looking for a great heat protectant spray free of sulphates, parabens, phthalates, gluten, sodium chloride, and synthetic colors, then try Alterna Bamboo Smooth Anti-Breakage Thermal Protectant Spray. It boasts all the anti-breakage of other formulas and manages to repair a whopping 87% of damaged hair. The Bamboo formula adds a nutritive, natural quality, which renews and strengthens your locks after any heat damage.
Before blow drying or straightening your hair, use Joico Smooth Cure Thermal Styling Protectant to protect your hair from the rigours of heat styling. This deeply rehydrating sulphate-free spray coats the hair with an imperceptible shield to provide an extra layer of protection leaving hair looking sleek and smooth.