Sulphate shampoos (literally every shampoo that ever existed!) can be really drying to any kind of hair. Curly, wavy, straight etc doesn’t matter. And if you are someone like me who has very coarse, thick hair ( I am a 2c and 3a curl type ), then you are in for a whole lot of damage!
Over the years, I have always straightened my hair as I just had no patience to put up with the CG (curly girl) method of taking care of my curls, owing to my profession. And my hair is way too thick and full of frizz. So, taming it down is another hurdle to cross, altogether.
The main step where all of us go wrong is in our shampoo. Yes, you read it right! How can literally every shampoo that shows gorgeous women and men sashaying away be harmful? Well, that’s because they all contain sulphates! Sulphates are in short, nothing but detergents and hence, the tons of lather produced while we shampoo. Sulphate free shampoos are very expensive and also rare to source in India. Every drugstore or supermarket doesn’t really store them and having to depend on online sites is sometimes a bane.
Well, here are a few things you could do, to tone down the harshness of your sulphate shampoo:-
1) Dilute shampoo with water
The age old remedy that your mother must have always told you as a child! Take some shampoo and mix it in water in a mug and shampoo away! This way, not only does your shampoo last longer, but it also works out to be less harmful.
2) Oil your hair well before a shampoo
Just like mixing shampoo with water reduces the harshness of a shampoo, oiling your hair thoroughly before a shampoo reduces the harshness of the shampoo and it even lathers very less. My favourite oil has and will be olive oil only! But you can use even coconut or almond oil. If it’s virgin oil, even better. It gives amazing results to your hair.
3) Mix shampoo with honey and aloe vera gel
A simple homemade mixture of equal parts of honey and aloe vera gel can be mixed with your shampoo to prevent your hair from drying and also making it frizz free.
The above are all easy and cheaper versions of almost close to a sulphate free shampoo, made at home. It’s pocket friendly and less painful to source.
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Till then, ta-da!
P.S:- My all time favourite sulphate free is Johnson’s Baby Shampoo. Since it’s made for babies, you can be assured of its safety and as an adult you can use it too!!!!