Sulphate-free shampoos is not a new thing, as I discovered recently when searching for a replacement. However it is a discovery for me since I got a few hair extensions in the new year.
Although I’ve had to get used to washing my hair in an oddly different way, I’m now reluctant to give them up because they’ve made my hair easier to manage and style, and they look amazing of course.
The individual human hair extensions by Racoon have been glued to my real hair and it’s because of these bonds I can’t use a regular shampoo and conditioner as the sulphate would destroy them. To deal with this, I was recommended Redken Nature’s Rescue shampoo.
It’s a clear liquid, lathers up superbly and deep cleans the hair, removing impurities along the way and without stripping away the natural oils. My scalp always feels refreshing after a wash, and it almost tingles in a weird but nice way!
Having used it solidly for two months, my hair’s condition hasn’t fluctuated – it continues to look healthier, shinier and the colour has lasted too. I had my locks dyed red 3 months ago and I know only too well this colour fades fast but I still have a burgandy tinge – impressive when I wash my hair 4 times a week.
I didn’t realise how much sulphate can affect hair until I read more on it. Apart from stripping the colour, the chemicals cause frizziness, breakage and aging. I know we are exposed to so many chemicals in products every day that whatever we can do to limit damage is good. Also loading the hair with other products like serums and sprays that become stale in-between washes means the build-up left previously is lifted from the wash. Detox IS good.
I’ve been using Redken Nature’s Rescue shampoo for two months since the extensions were put in and I wish I had started using it sooner because it’s brought so much relief to my hair and scalp. I don’t miss the old formula and whenever I decide to have the extensions taken out for good, I will stick to using the kindness of sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner.
I have spent a fortune on hair cleaning products and Redken has only cost me just under £12 online which to me is a reasonable price point. There are other alternatives on the market (some priced lower and some costing more) but Redken sits nicely in the middle and works very well for me.
Does this mean I can stop going from one shampoo to the next and actually stay faithful to one? Perhaps. Have you switched to using sulphate-free shampoos and conditioners? I would love to know what you think of them.