I have always colored my hair without giving any thought to the after-care. I used to disregard having an after-care regimen for my dyed hair because, to me, I did not find it necessary to change the way I shampoo. But, my opinion changed when I wrote an article about hair bleach (I write for a living, FYI). Apparently, if you have bleached hair, you need a different kind of shampoo. In my research for this article, I also read that you need to do the same thing for dyed hair.
Your Dyed Hair and Sulfates
So, let’s dig a little deeper with after-care for dyed hair. Please know that I am not an expert in hair nor hair science, but I do read a lot of online articles. Here’s one from Bustle that says this is what happens when we dye our hair.
A Closer Look at Coloring Hair
- The Ammonia in hair dye breaks down our hair’s cuticle (which is our hair strand’s natural protection) so the new color can penetrate.
- Peroxide will then strip our hair of its current color.
- The new color seeps in and bonds with our hair.
It’s a simple process, but we are damaging our hair when we color it. From what I understand, the damage has to happen so the new color can be deposited. Keep this in mind as we talk about sulfate free hair products.
Moving on to Sulfate Free Hair Products
Now, on to sulfates. To put it simply, they are detergents that improve the lathering power of shampoos. They are the best agents for cleaning hair because they do away with oil, dirt and other unmentionables on your hair strands and scalp. They sound great, right?
They are, but there’s always a downside to squeaky clean hair with a shampoo that contains sulfate. There’s no scientific evidence to this but many argue that sulfates can be cancer-causing. Many have also found that sulfates could dry hair, cause frizz, and strip dyed hair of its color. Again, there’s no scientific evidence to this, but this Facebook video made me think twice (video has been viewed 8,133,605 so far):
So, in the video, you’ll see different shampoos specifically for colored hair. These products are what most of us use. The results are eye-opening, isn’t it? The results, however, are still inconclusive because this experiment was not done in a controlled and calibrated manner.
Benefits of Sulfate Free Shampoo
Despite the controversy with sulfates, I think the principle of “fewer chemicals the better” applies to this situation. I am, currently using sulfate free hair stuff from Hair Food Co, and I found the following benefits from my personal experience:
My hair’s as soft as when I was using regular hair products.
Before I switched to sulfate free products for my dyed hair, I was under the misconception of them not cleaning my hair thoroughly. They actually do. My hair feels as clean as when I was using regular hair products.
My hair seemed to grow quicker.
This is only an observation. With most girls, you can tell if your hair’s grown quicker than before. I can’t be 100% sure, of course, because I did not measure it in a span of a month, but it seemed like it to me.
The color of my hair has not faded in a significant way.
Like I said, I don’t really notice my hair after I have dyed it so I can’t comment on the comparison between my dyed hair while I was using regular hair products, and my dyed hair now that I am using Hair Food Co. But, the color’s still intact. One thing I noticed, though, is that my hair did not turn coppery. It usually does when I used regular hair stuff.
You know how you drink vitamins? You don’t really see the results overnight, but when you do it consistently, you’ll feel the effects eventually. Plus, you’ll reap the long-term benefits of vitamins if you’re consistent in taking them. It’s similar to products from Hair Food Co in my opinion. It has all-natural ingredients that are good for your hair and your scalp.
The Black Back, for example, has Moringa and Emu Oil. The Moringa helps fight off free radicals which experts say is one of the causes of graying hair, and then emu oil reawakens the follicles. I’ll talk about this particular product in an in-depth review on another post.
Tips on Buying Sulfate Free Hair Stuff
After the Black Back, I moved on to the Booster which I paired with Awesome Volume conditioner, both are from Hair Food Co. I am absolutely in love with this combination, but again, I’m going to talk more about all these good Hair Food Co stuff in another post.
Before you go searching for your very own sulfate free shampoo and conditioner, I’ve got a few tips and reminders:
- Sulfate free hair products do not come cheap, but, they are ideal for when you have damaged hair or color treated hair. You need to keep your budget in mind.
- Make sure that you’re aiming for long-term use of the sulfate free products you buy. Most likely, they’ll improve your hair and scalp’s health.
- Check the ingredients. The more natural the ingredients are, the fewer chances for you to get an irritation.
If you have any experience with sulfate free hair products, I’d love to hear what your take on it is. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can leave your comment below. Hope you learned and enjoyed this post! Don’t forget to subscribe or check out my social media pages.