Note: Before I get into this post, I want to apologize for being so absent the past month! It’s been a very crazy time in my life. With my new job (yay!) and new apartment (double yay!) and new dog (!!!), I’ve been extremely busy. But I’m back! And I’ll be posting videos again soon 🙂
So recently, I’ve realized how damaged my hair is. It doesn’t feel so bad, but when you’ve bleached your hair as much as I have, you start to notice a difference.
And since I’ve started blow drying my hair everyday, I know I’m doing damage to it on a regular basis. Which got me thinking about the whole sufates/parabens thing you hear about shampoos. I’ll be honest. I don’t really know much about parabens. One thing at a time!
But I’ve been doing a lot of research on sulfates and why they’re bad for your hair. Long story short, they’re drying to your hair.
So if these sulfates are bad for my hair, then why are they in shampoo?
Sulfates are used in shampoo because they’re a sudsing agent. They’re makes shampoo suds up like it does. It gives you that lather you often expect when you’re washing your hair. I know I’m that way.
In fact, I bought a nice shampoo a while back that didn’t lather well, so I pretty must stopped using it based on that alone.
Sulfate Free Shampoo
So does that mean that sulfate free shampoo doesn’t lather? Sort of.. I think it depends on the shampoo, but it’s definitely possible for a sulfate-free shampoo to produce a lather. You just have to use it differently than sulfate shampoos.
Now on to the review!
I LOVE THIS SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER!
I will say that I don’t love the price.. but used correctly, I’m finding that the shampoo is lasting me a long time – however small the bottle might be. The conditioner on the other hand.. Well, I’m always going to finish the condition before the shampoo – but that’s with every set I’ve ever owned.
If I had to guess, I would say the shampoo bottle lasts me about 5-6 months, while the condition only lasts 3-4 months. At $10 each, that’s not too bad for a shampoo that is not only sulfate free, but it’s also alcohol and paraben free! Did I mention that you can pick it up at your local drugstore?
After a couple months of use, I have noticed that my hair – mostly at the ends where I’ve bleached my hair (several times…) – looks a lot healthier and it feels much softer. Healing your hair doesn’t happen overnight, but I’ve come to believe that using better shampoo is important for the health of your hair.
For those of you who are sensitive to smell, I haven’t noticed much of a scent at all. That being said, I don’t have the best sense of smell. So take that as you will. If you’re really concerned, I’d recommend purchasing from Walmart so you can return it after a couple uses if you don’t like it.
Other important things
If you’re reading this post, then you’re probably concerned about your hair’s health. So just in case you’re not already doing it, please consider getting regular hair cuts! I know how it is. As females, we tend to get hair cuts less often. Speaking from my experience, a lot of the time we just wait until want to get our hair cut shorter (or we have really bad split ends), rather than going in for regular trimmings. It’s important to do this, because it helps prevent split ends, which really prevent our hair from growing – because the hair breaks off at the ends at the rate the hair is growing in!
How I use it
With sulfate free shampoo, I’ve found that the best way to use it is to first of all – use less shampoo than you think. A nickel to a quarter sized amount is usually enough. Just depends on how much hair you have. I usually get the shampoo to lather a little first by rubbing my hands together first, before I lather it into my hair.
Also, use more water than you think. Obviously you don’t want to use too much, but more water will help it lather better.
The most important part is to wash your hair twice. Sounds weird, but it strangely works! Washing your hair once sort of primes your hair, and you’ll find that it lathers much better on the second wash. 🙂
And that’s it! It might be different from what you’re used to, but I definitely recommend giving it a try!