If you have very oily hair or if your hair has a massive amount of product build up, they are okay to use. Almost every shampoo that is commercially available, however, contains sulfate.
"Greasy" or oily hair is a common problem for white folk but black people tend to have the opposite problem, dry hair, so the omnipresence of sulfate containing shampoos can present a bit of a challenge!
Why are sulfates bad for natural black hair?
- They dry the hair and scalp out. This is the chief reason they are not ideal. Dry hair is more brittle and prone to breakage; a dry scalp is more likely to get dandruff and is not in the best condition for the delivery of nutrients to the scalp.
- They wash all the good oils out of hair
- They increase frizziness; dry hair is more likely to get frizzy than well moisturised hair
That said, not all sulfate-free shampoos are made equal.
Some manufacturers combine so many surfactants into one shampoo making it more harsh than a sulfate-containing one - sigh.
Read this for tips on how to shop for a shampoo.
Queen of Kinks "Wash Me, Don't Strip Me!" Sulfate-Free Shampoo is designed to clean your hair without stripping it of all the amazing natural oils.