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Using sulfate and silicone free products seems to be the number one rule in the curly hair community. However, you might want to consider using a shampoo with sulfates in it every now and then!
I know, I always write about not using sulfates and silicones at all. However, my post about some fun facts about my curls got me thinking that maybe using a “real” shampoo once might actually help my curls.
Now, why would I think that?
Lately, I’ve been paying attention to how long I need to rinse my curls with water until all of the shampoo and previous product residues were properly washed out, meaning until the water coming out of my curls looked clear (you can only see this when you wash your curls with your head upside down) and strangely enough I kept rinsing for what felt like a really long time, so I decided to stop before I got to the point, at which the water was actually clear!
Using sulfates seemed like a good solution
At the same time I’ve noticed some small flakes at my roots, that weren’t dandruff because my scalp and my curls felt well moisturized. Actually, they felt over-conditioned! So, I needed to get my curls and scalp to be less moisturized. The one ingredient that is known to dry out curls, are sulfates – which is why I decided to give it a try!
The next time I washed my curls, I used a really small amount of shampoo with sulfates in it. I made sure to only apply it to my roots and not to my ends. At this point I was still a bit worried that I would end up with frizzy curls for at least a week but…
…my curls turned out perfectly!
They didn’t only look as the usually do, but the sulfates also helped me to get rid of the flakes at my roots. Using a shampoo with sulfates was just what they needed – I am really happy to have given it a try! If you’re thinking about doing the same, be careful when using sulfates on your curls (we all know our curls sometimes are not that forgiving) and only do this if:
- your curls are over-conditioned
- you are suffering from product residues
- the problem can’t be fixed by using more proteins
I am sure to use sulfates again, as soon as I notice the above described symptoms. I just hope it won’t be necessary too soon!
What are your thoughts on using sulfates – is avoiding them your number one rule? Or maybe you’ve already been using sulfates occasionally?