Sulfate: a friend or a foe?

Facts you should know before washing your hair.

A controversy that is becoming more intense as the awareness of hair and scalp health increases.

The use of sulfates is one of the most controversial topics in the hair care world. While some emphasize their harm, others reduce the importance of their effect.

In this article, we will reveal the truth about the effect of sulfates on the hair and scalp, through an interesting journey in which we answer the most important questions and provide you with scientific information, far from exaggerations or personal interpretations.

We hope this article helps you make a sound, informed decision about using hair products that contain sulfates.

What is sulfate?

They are chemicals commonly used in hair care products, such as shampoo, and are known for their high ability to remove dirt and oils from the hair and scalp.

Shampoos that contain sulfates are known as clarifying shampoos.


Benefits of using shampoo that contains sulfates:

Deep cleaning:

Sulfates effectively remove dirt and oils and build up on the hair and scalp.

Remove excess oils:

It helps remove excess oils

Dandruff treatment:

Some types of sulfates help treat dandruff resulting from buildup.



Removing product buildup:

It removes the products on the scalp, and when the shampoo residue falls on the hair, the hair is automatically cleaned of any buildup.


Sulfates give a feeling of thick foam while washing the hair, giving a clean and fresh feeling.

You should make sure that the clarifying shampoo contains sulfates but is free of any other harmful substances.

What happens if you completely avoid using sulfates?

-buildup dandruff



– Hair loss due to clogged pores.

– Hair stops absorbing cream and masks

-Dull hair

Should we all use sulfates?


But how often differs from scalp type to another

People with dry scalp:

You should not overuse shampoos that contain sulfates, as they remove the natural oils from dry hair, which leads to dryness.

Sulfates may irritate the dry scalp, which can lead to itching and dandruff.



It is recommended to use it once a week

People with oily scalp:

Sulfates may help clean the oily scalp and oily hair effectively, and it is recommended to use it in every washday, but do not wash your hair more than a reasonable number of times because excessive use also leads to dryness of the scalp, and thus increases the secretion of oils from the scalp to moisturize it, which may make Hair oilier.

Sulfates and curly hair

Complicated Relationship…

Sulfates are very important for cleaning the scalp, but on the other hand, they can dry out curly hair, because curly hair strands tend to be naturally dry, while sulfates remove the natural oils that maintain hair moisture.

Sulfates remove the natural oils that help define the hair coil, making it appear dull and undefined.

Also, not using sulfates can make the curly hair strands become thin and lack volume, and a frizz appears throughout the hair and the roots in particular.

Therefore, the use of sulfates must be moderated and reduced as much as possible, just to

Deep clean your scalp without any side effects.

Also, not using sulfates can make the curly hair strands become thin and lack volume, and a frizz appears throughout the hair and the roots in particular.

Therefore, the use of sulfates must be moderated and reduced as much as possible, just to ensure deep cleaning without any side effects.

Important tips when using sulfates:

▪️When using a shampoo that contains sulfates, it should be used in the moderate number of times.

▪️ Focus on cleaning the scalp, without rubbing the hair completely or forcefully.

▪️ Use conditioner or moisturizing mask after washing your hair with shampoo to maintain its moisture.

▪️Make sure to rinse the shampoo well to remove any residue

How do we choose a good clarifying shampoo?

clarifying shampoo should be chosen wisely, how?

▪️ Make sure that the shampoo contains sulfates and is free from other harmful substances.

▪️ Take your hair type and scalp type into consideration when choosing, as a dry scalp is different from an oily scalp.

▪️Oily scalp needs a clarifying shampoo that contains acidic extracts with a gel texture to deeply clean oils, unlike a dry scalp, which is suitable for the creamy texture of shampoo.

▪️Skala provides you with different types of clarifying shampoos depending on your scalp type.

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Misconceptions about sulfates

1. All sulfates are harmful:

While some types of sulfates cause damage to the hair and scalp, there are other types that are safer, and are required to be present in clarifying shampoos without the other ingredients.

2. Sulfates are the only cause of dry hair:

Other factors can cause dryness, such as sun exposure, use of heat styling tools, and vitamin deficiencies.
3. All sulfate-free hair care products are natural:

Some sulfate-free hair care products may contain other harmful chemicals.

4. You should avoid all hair care products that contain sulfates:

Hair care products that contain sulfates can be used in moderation, as we mentioned previously.

5. Sulfates are the only cause of hair loss:

Other factors can cause hair loss, such as genetics, stress, and hormones.

7. The foam test is a reliable way to find out if your shampoo contains sulfates:

The amount of foam does not indicate the number of sulfates present in the shampoo.
in conclusion.



We can say that sulfates are not an absolute enemy to the hair, but rather they are an effective ingredient for cleaning it, but they must be used intelligently and in moderation to get the best results.

We hope that this article will be a guide for you to understand the benefits of sulfates and how to use them correctly while ensuring the health and beauty of your hair.

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