Why Should You Use a Sulfate Free Shampoo and Conditioner on Your Hair Extensions?

Why Should You Use a Sulfate Free Shampoo and Conditioner on Your Hair Extensions?

Why you should choose a sulfate-free shampoo for hair extensions?

Paying attention and reading the ingredients on the label of the hair products is an important thing. This especially refers to those who have hair extensions. The market today is full of all different kinds of products. but, when it comes to hair extensions, not all the products and the shampoos for that matter do the work.

Hair extensions are delicate and require proper care. Lately, the social focus is put on sulfate-free shampoos, making them highly recommended for hair with hair extensions. Here is everything you need to know about sulfate-free shampoo and why it is good for your hair and hair extensions.

What are sulfates?

Sulfates are ingredients that can be found in detergents, hand soaps, body washes, and popularly, shampoos. The sulfates are what causes the foam while bathing. Primarily, they are surfactants, which are a combination of molecules that attract oil and water. The one molecule is attached to the water, while the other to the water, and together, they allow the grease and the dirt to be washed from the hair and body. When used in shampoos, the sulfates can contribute to greater dryness of the hair. This is because they strip the hair of its natural oils. Additionally, sulfates can irritate the scalp, promote thinning of hair, as well as hair loss.

How do sulfates affect hair extensions?

Sulfates and shampoos containing sulfates are worse for hair extensions than they are on natural hair. They are especially harmful to the hair extensions because these extensions are not attached to the scalp, and with that, there are no natural oils that are transferred onto the hair shaft. When the sulfate comes in contact with the hair extension, it strips all the oils and moisture from the hair. Additionally, the sulfates break down the keratin bond. They will destroy it completely so that the hair extensions will start to fall out. The lack of that results in hair with frizz, tangling, and breakage. Choosing a sulfate-free shampoo is a must for maintaining the health of the hair extensions.

So, the next time you go and look for a shampoo, look for a sulfate-free one. Some of the names of the sulfates that you should stay away from are Sodium Laureth sulfate, ammonium laureth sulfate, and myreth sulfate. 

You'll also want to make sure it's very hydrating due to the extensions are not getting oils from your scalp. 


Our favorite and highly recommended products are Unite 7 Seconds line for the highest quality and  very moisturizing and hydrating for extensions.



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       Another highly recommended product line for maintaining your hair extensions and keeping the cuticle intact is the B3 Extension repair Trio.


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Multi-active cleanser effectively removes excess oil and build up to keep natural and extension hair feeling soft and looking seamless between adjustment appointments. Washes away impurities Won't loosen bonds or adhesives Reinforces fiber strength Prevents debris from collecting at anchors Protects against color fade and wash out Sulfate-free For Optimum Results: Apply a generous amount of b3 Extension Repair Shampoo to wet hair and massage into hair and scalp. Rinse and repeat if necessary. The B3 extension repair conditioner Multi-active treatment repairs signs of damage to natural and extension hair to help maintain a seamless look and prolong extension life. Detangles and replenishes Won't loosen bonds or adhesives Helps Prevent Breakage At Anchors Prevents debris from collecting at anchors Protects against color fade and washout Silicone-free For Optimum Results: After washing with b3 Extension Repair Shampoo, apply a generous amount of b3 Extension Repair Conditioner throughout hair. Leave on for 2 to 3 minutes and rinse thoroughly. For extremely dry and damaged hair, leave on for 10 minutes to restore essential moisture and rinse thoroughly. B3 Inonic Extension Refresh pecifically formulated to help blend natural and extension hair for a long-lasting seamless look while filling in damaged areas and protecting against mechanical styling. Repairs damage, detangles & seals cuticle Dramatically reduces matting Cuts drying time Won't build up or weaken bonds Protects against color fade and washout Silicone-Free For Optimum Results: Shake product thoroughly and spray throughout clean damp hair to detangle, revive and seamlessly blend natural and extension hair. Comb through from roots to tips. Style as desired.
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