Sulfate free shampoos and shampoos with sulfates both serve a purpose. They’re both just as good as each other.  Below I’ll explain why.


Most days at the hair salon, I hear why are sulfate free shampoos better for you? Sulfate free shampoos are known for being mild, yet they may not perform as well as their sulfate counterparts. Typically, sulfate-free shampoos do not lather as well as shampoos with sulfates. Sulfate-free shampoos may leave a build-up in the hair and on the scalp. The good thing is, if your hair is color treated, sulfate-free shampoos can help preserve the color.

The sulfates in shampoos have a tendency to pull color from color treated hair. Hair coloring is usually much more vulnerable to being stripped than normal hair.  Especially hair that’s color treated with semi or demi-color treated hair.

Also, another important factor before choosing a shampoo at the hair salon is where the SLS Sodium Laurel Sulfate falls in the list of ingredients. Some shampoos have just the right amount of SLS to help clean the hair well enough and still keep it conditioned.

An example when to use, sulfate-free shampoos is when you just had a keratin treatment at the hair salon. Keratin treatments are risk while using an SLS shampoo. The sulfates in shampoo can easily strip the keratin you just had pressed into your new beautiful smooth and straight hair. I always recommend a sulfate-free shampoo for hair that’s keratin treated.


Shampoo with sulfates are great for people who have oily hair. If your hair has a tendency to get a little on the oily side, the SLS surfactants in shampoo are effective in cleaning and removing it. Thick hair may need the sulfates to help lather up enough to attach itself to the dirt and oil to when a milder shampoo won’t cut it.

Sulfates can sometimes help hair that’s thinning and can help remove the free radicals or the DHT build-up on the scalp that’s suffocating the follicle.  A clean scalp can help reduce the inflamed follicle these byproducts might produce. The follicle will breathe better and grow thicker and nicer hair.

Whenever I see someone with fine oily hair at the hair salon, I always use a SLS.

I myself like my hair stripped of the oil so that my fine strands look a little thicker. final result looks like you have more.

So the next time someone suggests a sulfate-free shampoo, take into consider what you heard at the hair salon here at MJ Hair Designs. Sulfate and sulfate-free shampoos have their plusses and minuses depending on your hair and it’s personal needs.

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