Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) are widespread cleansing substances in shampoos. There’s plenty of debate in regards to the “toxicity” of the substances, however that’s a dialog for one more time. These with curly hair ought to keep away from them for one quite simple motive: They’re very harsh and drying!
Curly hair is of course dryer and extra susceptible to breakage, so you might want to decide very delicate cleansers. Consider it like your pores and skin: In case your pores and skin was susceptible to irritation, you’d change to a delicate cleanser, proper? Properly the identical applies to your strands!
The excellent news is there are various glorious sulfate-free shampoos available on the market. Search for choices which might be additional buffered with hydrating substances like botanical oils and butters: glorious choices embody shea butter, coconut oil, oat oil, and so forth.
Co-washing (or conditioner-washing) may assist preserve the hair clear—whereas additionally hydrating within the course of.
“The concept is to make use of conditioner, although not simply any conditioner, as a substitute for shampoo. An excellent co-wash very gently cleanses the hair utilizing gentle surfactants whereas a typical shampoo makes use of extra concentrated surfactants that basically work to deeply cleanse the hair,” says Sunny, proprietor of Lumiere Vive Salon.
In the event you resolve to include co-washing (a wonderful thought), accomplish that alongside the occasional shampoo session for a deeper clear. This may help you keep away from buildup and scalp irritation. “It is essential to deep cleanse your hair; it is simply that many instances it might not be crucial as steadily,” notes Sunny.