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Why You Should Switch To A Sulfate Free Shampoo

THE term “sulfate free” has become synonymous with a healthier and more eco-friendly beauty routine. Here’s the low-down on all things sulfate, so you can make an informed decision on whether you need to go sulfate-free with your beauty regime.

What is a sulfate?

A sulfate is a chemical ingredient widely used in the cosmetics and hair care industry. It is responsible for the lather or foam that forms when you wash your hair, and is effective in removing dirt and grime.

Why are sulfates used?

Sulfates are surfactants, meaning their molecules attract both oil and water. One end of their molecules clings to oil, while the other end clings to water. They can thus lift oil and grime from the skin and hair and emulsify it, allowing you to easily rinse it from your skin or hair. They thus make cleaning products, soaps and shampoos very effective. Not only do they effectively remove dirt, but their foaming power has a psychological effect on us – we’ve come to associate it with cleanliness.

Are sulfates bad for your hair?

They might do a good job at assisting the cleansing process, but sulfates are harsh detergents that strip the protective oils from the skin and hair. They are known to increase fizziness in curly hair, and to damage colour-treated hair. Plus, if you’re prone to dry hair, you may find that they dry your hair out even more due to their oil-stripping abilities.

Why should you use a sulfate-free shampoo?

If you’ve had your hair professionally coloured or have undergone a chemical treatment (like a Brazilian blowout), your stylist would have recommended a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner to maintain the style and colour. Sulfate-free is the best option for dry hair, and hair prone to frizz. It’s also absolutely necessary if you have a sensitive scalp, as sulfates are known to cause irritation. It’s also the healthy option for everyone concerned about the harsh chemicals found in our everyday items.

With sulfate-free products you won’t experience the bubbles or foam you may be accustomed to, but that doesn’t mean they won’t clean as well, if not better! Your hair will be healthier, less prone to frizz, and more hydrated.

For the ultimate in sulfate-free hair care, try Pure Royal’s Sulfate Free Regenerating Shampoo and Conditioner (R69.90 each) – a range developed specifically for African hair care needs. This hydrating formula leaves strands clean without stripping away the hair’s natural oils or fading colour. This formula works wonders on natural and chemically treated hair while gently removing any product build up.  The result is a unique feeling of revival and youthfulness! For all hair types.


  • No Sulfates
  • No Parabens
  • No Silicones
  • No Salt
  • Color Safe

Available at Clicks, Dis-Chem & Pick n Pay.




I am Beauty Editor at People Magazine and a make-up artist. I have worked with many celebrities, including, Phumeza Mdaba, Boity, Zuraida Jardine and Rolene Strauss. I always knew I would work in magazines, as I grew up in publishing (my parents are publishers). When I’m not writing beauty or following my passion for make-up, I can be found reading and spending time with family and friends. I am also a tea-lover

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