To choose or not to choose
In the battle of sulfate-free versus sulfate-harbouring shampoos, which one should win is entirely based on your judgement on whether or not your hair type and condition needs a particular kind. As Asha aptly notes, “I don’t always agree with this obsession with everything natural either. Remember, even natural aritha (soapnuts) can dry up the hair completely. It doesn’t come with a controlled metre measuring how much cleansing or drying it should do. What’s important is that consumers should make a sensible decision, which is why it is very important to opt for professional shampoos. When you go to buy a shampoo, you see a lot of on-the-shelf options. Most consumers are happy with such shampoos, as they have sulfate that gives a good amount of lather. But, such products also contain a lot of conditioner. These shampoos are functional, but not solution oriented. In a professional shampoo, the amount of sulfate is always strictly monitored. And, there is a question of how much sulfate should a particular type of shampoo use because everybody needs a different dose. So, sulfates are not justified in shampoos found on-the-shelf, but definitely justified in the professional range of shampoos found in a salon or at a hairstylist’s end.” As always, it all comes down to choosing wisely, and opting for a product that is best suited for you.