Keratin hair treatment can make any hair just fantastic. This procedure revitalizes and strengthens the hair, it’s aimed at protection of locks against the negative effects of the environment and heat. However, after the treatment many ladies wonder what shampoo they should use in order to prolong the amazing result and prevent keratin from washing out of the hair. Recently, sulfate-free shampoos after keratin straightening have become popular. They are considered the best choice for haircare after keratin. Why? Let’s find it out in this article!
Why do I need to use a sulfate-free shampoo?
In the 20th century, shampoos which were created on the basis of sulfates gained popularity. Their use began after the end of the Second World War. Sulphates are created on the basis of refined petroleum. They are widely used due to their low price. Besides, they have great cleansing properties and foam perfectly.
However, despite their positive qualities, they negatively affect the health of the hair. Sulfates damage and dry hair shafts, as a result of which the strands lose their elasticity and start to fall out. The hair looks dull and dry. What’s more, petroleum products often provoke an allergic reaction and generally reduce the body's immunity.
Considering the fact that sulfate is quite an active component and washes away even the protective layer from the scalp along with excessive sebum and dust, the sebaceous glands begin to work more intensively, and the hair becomes greasy more often. Or vice versa, the glands can’t produce the needs amount of sebum, so the scalp dries up and dandruff appears.
So, what kind of shampoo do you need after keratin straightening?
Sulfate-free shampoos after keratin hair straightening are an excellent alternative to regular shampoos and are able to gently wash your hair without washing out precious keratin. Sulfate-free shampoos are created on the basis of natural components and glucose. Due to the numerous positive effects, these products are usually recommended as post-keratin home care by many professional hairstylists. Sulfate-free shampoos are composed mainly of natural ingredients that maintain a normal keratin balance. They give hair maximum shine and promote hair health. Besides, sulfate-free shampoos are usually additionally enriched with oils, vitamins, minerals and plant components.
In sulfate-free shampoos, products and preservatives are replaced with the following substances:
- lauryl glucosite;
- coconut sulfate.
When choosing a sulfate-free shampoo, first of all pay attention to the "without SLS" mark, which indicates the absence of chemical components. The gentle effect of such shampoos doesn’t affect either the keratin applied to the hair or the coloring pigment if the hair has been dyed.
Advantages of sulfate-free shampoos
- Safety. Sulfate-free shampoos don’t damage the curls and don’t provoke the development of an allergic reaction.
- Strengthening. Strands become stronger, stop falling out, acquire a healthy shine and can withstand the effects of negative environmental factors.
- Preservation of color freshness and brightness for several days.
- Reduction of brittleness.
- Prevention of dandruff.
- Getting rid of excessive fluffiness after washing the hair.
- Preservation of softness and silkiness.
Sulfate-free shampoos are also recommended to be used after hair coloring, because thanks to them, the dye penetrates deeper and better into the hair and doesn’t wash off for a long time.
Disadvantages of sulfate-free shampoos
Hairstylists warn that at the beginning of the use, women may feel that sulfate-free shampoos don’t produce enough foam, and the hair often seems dull and lifeless. However, don’t be afraid, as this is perfectly fine for the first several uses of such shampoos. You hair should just adjust to the new type of product, it can take a week or two.