For a while now I’ve wanted to switch to a more natural, sulfate free shampoo. I have coloured hair that’s very oily at the roots and dry at the ends, and although shampoo containing sulfates does leave my hair feeling clean, I’m pretty sure it’s causing long term damage and stripping my colour quicker.
After reading up on sulfates and what they actually are it just confirmed that I needed to make the change. Sulfates in shampoo are usually listed as Sodium Laureth Sulfate in the ingredients list and referred to as SLS. They strip the hair of natural oils making it become dry over time, which definitely isn’t something I want my shampoo to do to my hair. This also causes even more problems for those of us with oily scalps, causing it to over produce oils and lead to further grease.
I decided to use Grow Gorgeous products to make the switch to sulfate free shampoo. They specialise in haircare that’s only beneficial to the hair using natural ingredients – and one hell of a lot of science behind their products. The Grow Gorgeous Hair Density Shampoo * was what I was most excited to try, but honestly at first I wasn’t actually convinced and it took some getting used to. I missed the sensation of lathering product into the roots and I noticed that it definitely took longer to rinse all of the shampoo out. But, this is where you need to stick with it, ride the wave while your hair starts to adjust.
5 Things To Know When Switching To Sulfate Free
- Your hair does need time to adjust to using sulfates
- Your shampoo will not lather up like it used to, try to massage your scalp as if the shampoo has foamed up
- Really make sure your hair is wet before you apply your sulfate free shampoo (it’s going to need all the moisture it can get
- If it doesn’t feel like the shampoo is spreading throughout your scalp add a little water and continue to massage
- Rinse for as long as possible, there’s nothing worse than getting out of the shower only to realise you haven’t rinsed the shampoo out properly
As my hair started to adjust to sulfate free, that’s when I really started to enjoy using this. I have fine hair and I don’t find this to feel heavy at all, it leaves it feeling soft, shiny, full and healthy but most important, clean! Another thing for me is protecting my hair colour, and overtime sulfate free shampoo does a much better job at that.
Grow Gorgeous Strengthening Oil
I have also been using the Grow Gorgeous Strengthening Oil *. I use this whilst my hair is wet, almost as a leave in treatment through the mid lengths and ends. It’s lightweight and feels much thinner than other oils I’ve tried previously making it perfect for my oily hair. I use heat on my hair every time I wash it and I think continually using this will help protect my hair.
In terms of styling my hair by the time I’ve used endless amounts of texturising spray there isn’t much of a difference, although it does look smoother and less frizzy after blow drying which I’m seriously impressed with. I think this would be perfect for anyone who likes to wear their hair straight or goes for a sleeker finish.
Grow Gorgeous Scalp Detox
Lastly I’ve been trying out the Grow Gorgeous Scalp Detox*. This has well and truly made it’s way into my weekly pamper routine. I’ve only used this 3 times so far but every single time I’ve noticed a pretty big difference. You know when you get a professional blow dry and they manage to make your hair feel lightweight, super clean and healthy? I see those kinds of results after I use this. Using so many styling products I have definitely been missing this from my routine.
The only catch with switching to sulfate free is the price, although I’m starting to see it as an essential. I go to the hairdressers and get my hair coloured so I really need to look after it, like good quality skincare it’s worth the investment for me. Using some of the Grow Gorgeous haircare has just made me realise how important it really is to look after my locks.
What are your thoughts on sulfate free shampoo? I’m definitely intrigued to try more…