As you may know, using products with sulfates can cause a lot of problems for people, such as itchy, flaky and irritated scalps, in addition to serious skin irritation and disease, hair loss and damage (and the ability to create nitrate compounds which have been linked to cancer and cell damage).
Here are some common questions about using a sulfate-free shampoo:
“I wish it had more lather.”
It can be a little strange at first when you begin using a sulfate-free shampoo, but just because it doesn’t have a lot of suds, doesn’t mean it isn’t cleansing your hair. We have been conditioned to associate suds with cleanliness, so it can take some getting used to (and trusting) that your sulfate-free shampoo is doing the job. (I know it was an adjustment for me!) Washing your hair with a sulfate-free shampoo is not the same as washing with a traditional, sulfate-based shampoo.
There’s a trick to using sulfate-free shampoo.
Here are a few tips that can help you get the same great results with our sulfate-free shampoo, without using more product than necessary.
When using your sulfate-free shampoo, to start, it’s really helps to thoroughly rinse your hair out to remove sediment and styling products. Then, after your hair is drenched, spread the shampoo across your palms and rub it thoroughly into your scalp, and then work out to the ends of your hair. Next add a splash of water and massage to help it evenly spread.
After rinsing out the shampoo, if your hair still feels like it has sediment or isn’t squeaky clean, repeat the shampooing process (some find that using only a small amount of sulfate-free shampoo with the first wash, and again with the second wash, not only is enough to get the job done, but uses the same amount as if you were to start with a large amount on the first wash).
Once your hair is squeaky clean, apply a dollop of LuxeOrganix Argan Oil Conditioner to your hair and scalp.
(We advise our customers with normally oily scalps to avoid applying the conditioner to the scalp and instead simply focus on the hair alone.)
Using a comb can also be helpful to spread the conditioner down to the ends of your hair, as well as detangle.
Take a few minutes to massage it thoroughly into your hair and leave it on to soak for the remainder of your shower. (If your hair is typically dry, you’ll get more benefit from leaving it 5-10 minutes, vs. the standard 3-4 minutes that are suggested on the bottle instructions).
As an added benefit, after towel-drying your hair, you can use a very small amount of Argan Oil Styling Cream for added moisture, control and heat protection (great for if your hair is typically dry or if it is needing repair).
“The shampoo makes my hair feel dry after washing with it.”
Though this is certainly more rare than what is normal for users, since our sulfate-free Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner set were designed to moisturize and soften hair, occasionally some may have this concern.
Several possibilities of why someone may feel their hair is dry after using a sulfate-free shampoo exist, but let’s first look at the most likely reason, which is how the sulfate-free shampoo is formulated.
LuxeOrganix Argan Oil Shampoo was designed to be a healthy alternative to salon quality products (as well as free from harsh and unnecessary extra ingredients that can cause many issues). It is not loaded up with extra moisturizers (or undesirable parabens), which can be found in lower quality, sulfate-based shampoos that strip hair of it’s natural, beneficial oils. These extra moisturizers or parabens give the impression of your hair feeling soft after washing with shampoo.
So since LuxeOrganix doesn’t contain anything unnecessary, as mentioned, this could be why for some, after rinsing out the sulfate- free shampoo, may feel their hair is dry. However, it should only be a reflection of your hair being squeaky clean, and that it is now prepared to be deeply moisturized and protected by the nurturing ingredients within the Argan Oil Conditioner. Simply put - it’s designed not to be a stand-alone product, but instead to be paired with LuxeOrganix Argan Oil Conditioner.
Using high quality products meant for your specific hair type is only part of the equation. Taking good care of your hair, eating healthy foods that will enable your hair to grow healthier, and using simple home remedies can help treat and restore dry hair to being naturally beautiful.
Though there are many common factors that can cause your hair to become dry or damaged, the good news is there are many available solutions as to how to help remedy this, in addition to using LuxeOrganix Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner as part of your hair’s healing process. Let’s explore some ideas for you below.
How To Rejuvenate and Protect Your Hair
Dealing with the Weather: Though you probably already realize that dry and brittle hair is a year-round problem, winter’s cold combined with higher temperatures indoors can
parch and dry out your hair. Plan to give you hair a heavier dose of winter moisturizing love, by allowing your conditioner to soak longer than you normally would (normal is 3-4 minutes; in winter let soak at least 5-10 minutes). Also consider adding a hair mask to your regimen. More on that in minute….
Give Your Hair a Break From Shampooing: You may have already heard from your stylist that “you shouldn’t wash your hair everyday,” and that you should give yourself at least a day off in between shampooing. This is something you may or may not already be doing; however, if for whatever reason this strategy isn’t a good fit for you, here’s another alternative (or even an additional bonus to consider adding if you have extremely dry or brittle hair). It’s called, “co-washing.” Maybe you’ve heard of it?
The idea is to stretch out your shampoo days by exchanging it with a formulated cleansing conditioner, sometimes referred to as “co-wash” or “no-poo” (no shampoo). This can give your hair a break from shampooing, which when used frequently, has a tendency to over-strip your hair of it’s good oils. Learn more about co-washing here.
Use Sulfate-Free Products: Sulfate-free shampoo isn't your only priority; check to see if your hair styling products contain sulfates. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is widely recognized as a culprit of not only causing dry, brittle hair, but it also fade color and lead to itchy, flaky, irritated scalp; dull, lifeless hair; frizz; volume and manageability issues.
If you’re color-treating your hair and using sulfate-based products, you may be decreasing your colors vibrance and longevity. Using products with alcohol and detergents will also cause problems.
Consider finding healthier alternatives without sulfates that provide you with the same results. It may take some experimenting to find a permanent replacement, but your hair will thank you for it (and so will your body).
Don’t Procrastinate on Getting Your Hair Cut: You've probably heard that regular haircuts are important to remove the battered, split ends of your hair.
Different factors, such as your hair length, if you chemically treat your hair, or if you’re growing your hair out, will impact the amount of time you should plan between cuts.
Your hair stylist should be able to tell you how often you should have your hair trimmed based on your unique situation. (But if it's been over 3 months - you’re overdue!)
A good rule of thumb for short hair is 4-8 weeks, 6-12 weeks for mid-lengths, and at least 8-12 weeks for long hair.
Trim more frequently if you’re dealing with damaged hair (such as split ends), and less frequently if you’re trying to grow your hair out. On the other hand, if you have already been getting your hair cut regularly, it may be time for a major cut.
Three years ago I decided to cut off 11 inches, since my hormone issues had been overcome and my new hair was much healthier.
Unfortunately my ends were sparse and brittle, showing the damaging effects from my hormone imbalance and didn’t match the top, new healthy part of my hair.
Since I lopped off those 11 inches, I’ve averaged 6-8 weeks between my trims. My hair has never looked better and I am regularly complimented on it. A major haircut can make all the difference.
Regular Deep Conditioning: Add a hair mask to your hair care regimen.
Whether you use an inexpensive DIY (Do-It-Yourself) home remedy, such as a Coconut Oil based hair mask, or a healthy, organic based hair mask that you
purchase, using a hair mask regularly, combined with your Argan oil shampoo and conditioner, could make all the difference in bringing your hair back to it’s once healthy, vibrant self. Other options for hair masks include Olive Oil, Avocado, Mayonnaise, Eggs, Bananas, and even Beer. It’s simple to find these DIY hair mask recipes by searching online.
Now, how often should you use a hair mask? It’s going to be different for you, just as it is different for everyone. Try experimenting with once a week, and then if your hair isn’t feeling any difference, increase to perhaps twice a week (or allow the Argan oil conditioner to soak in for longer periods while you shower the rest of your body).
Some women find adding a hair mask to their regimen just twice per month is enough. It really depends on you unique situation, so don’t be afraid to experiment!
Let’s NOT Make This Too Complicated!
I realize you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed after learning about how to maximize your results with a sulfate-free shampoo, so please let me try to help you put your mind at ease…. Of course you already know that your hair didn’t get to it’s current state overnight, so expecting yourself to have perfect, healthy hair overnight isn’t fair to expect from yourself. Yes, some of us have some work to do, but be gentle with yourself and give yourself time to explore what remedies will work best for you. Being focused and taking consistent action will always lead to results. I lost nearly 2/3’s of the thickness of my hair, and struggled with thin, brittle ends for some time. Once I started chipping away and being intentional about my health and the health of my hair, my life changed. Your goal absolutely is possible…go for it!
If there’s anything we can do to help you with your journey, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us! We are committed to you feeling beautiful, without sacrificing your health.
When women want to feel beautiful - and respect their need for wellness and quality of life - LuxeOrganix is what they use.
The Argan Oil contained in LuxeOrganix Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner is extracted and hand produced primarily by women in a protected region of Morocco. It penetrates and softens so much that is also used on men's beards and mustaches to give a glossy, well-groomed appeance.
Just imagine what it will do for your hair.