Should I use sulphate and silicone free shampoo?

We’re finally asking the right questions and becoming increasingly informed about haircare! One of the biggest questions out there is about sulphate and silicone free shampoo..Let’s explore.

What is Sulphate?

A Sulfate is a salt that forms when sulphuric acid reacts with another chemical. It’s a broader term for other synthetic sulphate-based chemicals you may be concerned about, such as Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES); these two types are most commonly used in the haircare industry. If you’d like to know the difference between SLS and SLES click here.

They’re derived from sulphur which does in fact occur naturally, yet is usually synthesised from petrolatum) and Lauryl alcohol (often from coconut oil).

Sulphates have long been added to many products (as mentioned above), due to their foaming, oil and grease emulsifying, polishing abilities.

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What does sulphate do to hair?

Sulphates are known for their skin irritating, frizz causing, colour fading, and skin/hair dehydrating effects; who wants that right?

Are sulphates sustainable?

Besides negative hair and scalp outcomes, when looking at Sulphates from a conscious perspective (as we do at INSIGHT), we question the sustainability of those using sulphates in their products! We at INSIGHT choose products that do not have a negative affect on the planet! Companies using sulphates are using Petrolatum;  a diminishing material- the main reason Eco-friendly, sustainable companies are banishing the ingredient from their products!

What is Silicone?

Silicone is a manmade substance that has been used for years in household products, cosmetics, and hair care products; from shampoos and conditioners to serums and heat protectors. Far from natural; silicone is a rubber/plastic like substance. It is primarily used as a sealant against water and even air!

What does silicone do to hair?

Shampoo containing silicone seals hair strands, creating the illusion of shine;  fake shine that is far from healthy, it’s simply a refection from the plastic like substance. Desired shine comes from hair cuticle layers being sealed naturally, and reflecting light. This is only possible when hair is deeply nourished, hydrated and healthy.

In addition to false shine, when using silicone shampoos, hair is weighed down, making it limp, lifeless and eventually extremely dull. As silicone makes a seal around each hair, moisture and air cannot penetrate it.  Hair becomes unbelievably brittle and dry, leading to breakage and frizz.

Overall, silicone in shampoo blocks nutrients and essential moisture penetrating hair and leads to an unhealthy, weak condition and look.

Should I use sulphate and silicone free shampoo?

Absolutely, by using sulphate and silicone free shampoo you’re protecting your, or your clients hair, scalp and making a conscious, sustainable choice. All of our hair care is both sulphate and silicone free for these reasons.


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