Today we’re tackling the subject of sulfate free hair products, like our best-selling shampoos. What is it and why do you need to use one? We’ll be asking: Is a sulfate free shampoo really a must-have product in your shower caddy?
Sulfate free products are increasing in popularity. Head to any store and you’ll see the range is expanding.
At Number 4 High Performance Hair Care we pride ourselves on creating exceptional, cutting edge products, inspired by nature, but led by delivering professional level results. Extraordinary experiences are fused with the highest quality curated ingredients. We care as much about what we leave out, as we do put in! That’s why our range is designed to be 100% Vegan, Sulfate & Sodium Chloride Free, Gluten Free, Paraben Free and never tested on animals. So the short answer as to whether you need to use a sulfate free shampoo is a resounding YES. Let’s explore why and answer your most frequently asked questions about sulfates.
What Are Sulfates?
Sulfates are detergents (aka surfactants) commonly found in personal care products like body wash, face cleanser and, as you could have guessed, shampoo. They are also found in many cleaning supplies like laundry detergent and dish soap for their ability to create squeaky-clean surfaces.
The most common of all the sulfates is something known as sodium lauryl sulfate – or SLS for short. It’s absolutely NOT included in N4 products and we’ll go on to explain why not. SLS is a chemical, known as a surfactant and is highly effective in removing dirt and oil from the hair and skin.
How Do Sulfates Work?
These little bad boys, and we do mean bad, are like water babies! Imagine a tadpole for a minute with two ends – one which loves and one which hates water. When it comes to sulfates, the head is oil-soluble and traps dirt and grease, while the water-soluble tail then washes it clean away. At least, that’s the theory.
So far, so good? So what’s the problem with sulfates?
Well, we’re glad you asked! Let’s go back to that tadpole analogy again. The head can frequently get trapped and when it does, it causes irritation which can lead to a dry, itchy scalp. Because the sulfate molecules are so hardy and robust, they’re unable to differentiate between what is excess oil, and what is your hair and scalp’s own natural sebum. This means that they strip away everything they come into contact with, even the good stuff. Leaving behind hair that’s dry, brittle and prone to breakage, and potentially a scalp that is dry, itchy and inflamed.
What are the benefits of using an N4 Sulfate Free products?
All Number 4 products tout the benefit of being sulfate free. The good news is that you can still get a soft, luxurious lather from your sulfate free shampoo plus countless “good for your hair” perks including:
- Reduced frizz
- Reduced skin, neck, back and scalp irritation
- Softer and more hydrated hair
- Reduced inflammation of the scalp
- Reduced hair loss due to inflammation
- Reduced itchiness and dryness of the scalp
- Retention of natural oils for smoother hair
The Best Number 4 Sulfate Free Shampoos
You have three options available if you are looking for the best sulfate free shampoo from the Number 4 range. They all gently cleanse and purify the hair with their anti-aging, sulfate and sodium-chloride free formulations. You can shop the range HERE. Whether your hair is curly or straight, thick or thin, our Hydrating, Volumizing and Clarifying range will protect your precious hair, hydrate your scalp and care for your delicate skin.
Click here to discover some of N4’s amazing sulfate free hair products. We’re here to help make every day a good hair day. Nothing makes us happier than that!