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Why isn't my shampoo foaming?

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If you have decided to make the products you put on your body of the highest quality, you have probably gone to a sulfate-free shampoo. Sulfates, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) are being accused of a host of crimes and being defended by a variety of industries but the simple answer to the question, "why isn't my shampoo foaming?" is this:

Sulfates are detergents used to create the foamy lather we've been taught will clean things. No sulfate = less bubbles.

We like bubbles. Bubbles and foam and lather make it seem like stuff is happening. But sometimes, the stuff that is happening is damaging our hair because detergents are harsh cleaners and can strip the natural oils. Here is a better way to make sure your hair is clean:
  • use a quality shampoo (Rahua, Yarok, etc.)
  • brush your hair to remove loose hairs and stimulate the scalp
  • wet your hair thoroughly (you'd be surprised how easy this is to miss)
  • put a small amount of shampoo on your palm and rub your hands together
  • work the shampoo into your scalp with your fingertips -- all over your head, not just the top
  • rinse completely -- take your time and do it well
  • repeat the shampoo/rinse process

The second time around, many notice there is more lather. This is because there is less dirt and oil, but also because there is more water. The amount of shampoo you use really depends on how much hair you have, but the effectiveness of your shampoo is directly related to how much water you use and your technique.
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