What the heck is a sulfate?
Sulfates are an agent in hair products that cleans dirt, chemicals, and oil from your hair. That being said it strips the hair quite harshly of its natural oils as well as everything else. Sulfates are found in the forms of sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) and sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS). SLES is primarily a foaming agent hence it's popularity in shampoo and SDS is a surfactant which strongly removes oils.
Why sulfates are bad
Every hair strand has a protective layer made of natural oils the scalp and hair secrete. This layer protects the hair from being damaged, sucking up toxins in the air, and shield the hair cuticle from dust and debris. By stripping this layer your leaving your cuticle open and exposed to all of nature's harsh factors. Even though sulfate are very good at cleaning they clean too well and strip the hair of that natural layer of protection. Sulfate are as aggressive to your skin as well as your hair. Your skin also secretes a protective layer of oil on your skin, this is a natural layer that doesn't make your skin greasy, in fact a healthy skin will have a strong layer of oil protecting it. So sulfates strip that layer as well, letting in literally everything into to your pores, no one wants that.
Why Sulfate free shampoos ?
Since sulfates are so aggressive as a striping agent they are generally frowned upon in shampoos and body washes. But since sulfates are a great foaming agent that produces lots of lather, they are still used in lower end cleansing products. Any good shampoo or body wash will say sulfate free, all higher end shampoos will be sulfate free so if you're buying from your salon, don't worry. The “good stuff” is going to contain a more organic ingredient base. Using natural cleaners to clear and clean the scalp and hair without causing a harsh effect on the hair, you will also get a richer intake of moisture and protein from organic ingredients.
In conclusion sulfates are just too harsh on the hair and skin and should be avoided if possible. You have far more gentle options to clean and take care of your hair that don't involve sulfates and do a heck of a job. So opting for the organic ingredients really will help you out. Both in the integrity, cleansing, and the health of your hair. Healthy hair, happy life
Everyone loves the sun but are they sun safe?
Get the protection you need for your skin and hair, because everyone loves getting a golden tan and beach waves in their hair but no one likes sunspots, premature wrinkles, or crispy hair.
Make sure these products are in your beach bag. Or even just your every day you can never be too careful of the sun.
Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Dry-Touch Sunscreen, SPF 30
It is a natural mineral sunscreen free of any harmful chemicals. Its fragrance free so no there's not any synthetic perfumes, but you will still smell like sunscreen. It is very gentle so it is great for sensitive skin, and eczema and drys very quickly.
Bare Republic Mineral Sunscreen Stick, Sport, SPF 50
If you prefer your sunscreen in a stick, this one's for you. It's easy to apply, just roll on. It's SPF 50 so it provides a stronger protection. This product is made out of natural ingredients including coconut oil, Shea butter, cocoa oil, making it soothing for your skin and smelling like coconut vanilla, yum.
The Honest Company Mineral Sunscreen, SPF 50+
Made by the honest company, so it's cruelty and harmful chemical free. so you could even use it on a baby. It is SPF 50+ so it has higher protection for those of a fair skin quality, but can be used for all skin types. Its free of and harmful fragrances and is not greasy like a lot so sunscreens and contains shea butter and coconut oil to keep you skin feeling soft.
Beyond Coastal Natural Lip & Face Screen, SPF 31
Can't forget the lips. Here is a lip and face screen that is great to have. It comes in a little tin which is handy for storing in your purse or beach bag. It is SPF 31 and blocks those harmful UVB rays on the most sensitive skin your face. It is all natural and only has 11 ingredients so there's nothing extra in it.
The sunscreen for your hair, it's comes in a little spray bottle. It shields your hair from from the damage the sun rays cause as well as conditions your hair, so when you have your salty beach waves they won't feel so crunchy.
Aftersun is you post sun aftercare, to help with all those hours spent in the sun. It soothes red and irritated skin. It hydrates and moisturizes helps your skin rejuvenate itself. It is a must have for long days in the sun.
Su/ Hair mask
This is a post sun aftercare for your hair. Even though you won't be able to see the difference from being out in the sun for so long like you can with your skin, you can definitely feel it. Your hair loses it moisture and if you have taken a dip in the ocean or pool you will be feeling the crunchy and dry hair. The mask helps your hair from aging prematurely from the sun damage, it puts back the moisture, makes it soft, and adds shine to the hair. Being a must have for long days at the beach.
Su/Hair & Body wash
Another aftercare for lots of sun exposure. It takes the pain out of showering with regular products that won't help with that sunburn you just got. This not only hydrates and moisturizes your hair and body but it does it very gently. It was made for sensitive sunburnt skin.
Stay sun safe, wear those cute sunglasses, show off some skin. Just remember to save your assets and preserve your beauty with skin and hair protecting protects. Because we all love the sun and the water but they don't like us.
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