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by: Better Not Younger
December 27, 2020
It seems more and more beauty products are claiming they are “sulfate-free.” From facial cleansers and body washes to a range of hair care solutions.
Sulfates are primarily responsible for the thick lather that forms when you clean with soaps and detergents. Some people say their hair feels cleaner after using sulfate shampoos; however, these shampoos can have a detrimental effect on your hair and scalp — exacerbating the challenges aging women face with hormone-related thinning and fine-textured hair.
Is sulfate-free shampoo good for fine hair? The short answer is yes. Sulfate-free hair cleansing options like Better Not Younger’s Wake Up Call Volumizing Shampoo and Second Chance Low Suds Repairing Shampoo for Dry/Damaged Hair are superior solutions to treat the physiology of your aging hair.
Sulfates are synthetic chemical compounds made up of surfactant (surface action) molecules that reduce tension between liquids and air bubbles. Without surfactants, the air bubbles that form when you combine water and soap will pop immediately due to the water’s surface tension. Sulfates decrease this tension, allowing more bubbles to form, which produces a foamy lather.
Besides creating foam, these harsh chemicals attract and wash away your natural oils and lipids. This effect may not have caused issues when you were younger; however, it can lead to a dry scalp and brittle hair for those of us with aging hair. Additionally, sulfates have a cumulative effect that can build up and result in scalp irritation and inflammation for women with sensitive skin.
Despite a growing demand for sulfate-free products, most shampoo manufacturers continue to use this inexpensive surfactant in their formulations. To spot it, check your shampoo’s label for any of the following sulfate varieties:
Avoiding these compounds will help you protect the vulnerable structure of your fine hair.
A strand of fine hair has a diameter that is smaller than average hair fibers. Even if your mane was made up of coarse hairs during your younger years, your follicles are likely to shrink due to changing hormones. Narrow follicles create finer, more fragile locks.
Each hair follicle sheath produces a hair fiber made up of three distinct cellular layers:
Since fine hair structure is more vulnerable than average- or coarse-width strands, it should be handled more carefully. This means brushing and styling your hair with a softer touch and using healthy shampoos that nourish your strands and protect your scalp.
There are three ways sulfates damage fine hair:
Sulfate-free shampoos are vital when caring for your fine or fragile hair, but they are only part of a bigger picture. Your tresses also need products designed for your hair biology with ingredients that treat the underlying causes and conditions of the aging process.
Better Not Younger’s Wake Up Call Volumizing Shampoo and Second Chance Low Suds Repairing Shampoo for Dry/Damaged Hair are two high-quality sulfate-free shampoos developed with ingredients to restore and protect your fine hair.
Wake Up Call Fine Volumizing Shampoo is a lightweight formula that washes away completely. There are no thick residues or sticky moisturizers left behind to weigh down your hair.
We use bamboo with 70% silica to buoy moisture retention, and sage, a natural astringent, to unclog your follicles and balance your natural oils. In place of harsh cleansers, we include Decyl glucoside and other mild surfactants to gently wash away dirt and buildup.
To infuse bounce and body into your fine hair, follow with Wake Up Call Volumizing Conditioner.
The decreased sebum and nutritional deficiency that aging brings increases the potential for a dry scalp and brittle hair. Ensconce your frizzy flyaways and split ends in Second Chance Low Suds Repairing Shampoo for Dry/Damaged Hair.
Our low-lather, sulfate- and paraben-free solution is formulated with vitamin-rich birch bark extract to nourish your strands, passionflower fruit extract to slow free radical damage, and rice bran oil to provide body and shine.
Follow up with Second Chance Repairing Conditioner for Dry/Damaged Hair to further strengthen your locks and restore your scalp.
The potential downsides of using sulfate shampoos on your fine hair include scalp irritation, hair breakage, and cuticle damage. Your fine hair deserves better.
Better Not Younger thoughtfully formulates paraben- and sulfate-free shampoos for all hair types. Visit our shop page today to peruse our entire line of sulfate-free hair and scalp care products.