Sulfate-free and Salt-free Hair Products – Worth the Cost?

Salt free is a marketing gimmick. Period!

All it means is that there is no salt added to the product as a separate ingredient. There could still be salt carried in from other ingredients, especially the cleansing and foaming agents, as a “left over” from their manufacturing process. In the end it doesn’t really matter because short term exposure to salt that is rinsed off doesn’t do anything bad to your hair anyway.

Sulfate free is not the panacea (an answer or solution for all problems or difficulties) that marketers claim. Some people do find sulfates too drying/too irritating. But MANY MANY MANY people have no problem whatsoever using sulfates. If you’re one of those people who are bothered by them (and you’re sure the problem is the sulfates and not something else in the formula like the fragrance) then you may be better off with a sulfate free formula. It will cost you more but if you really have an issue with sulfates then it’s probably worth it.

L’Oreal’s Ever Free line which has good formulas and is less expensive than high end salon products and is sulfate-free, vegan, and cruelty-free.


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