Choosing The Right Shampoo

It's very important to use the recommended products. Because hair extensions are no longer attached to a head, they do not receive the nutrients, natural oils, or immune system that your actual hair has. If you replenish the hair extensions with moisture from a product with acceptable ingredients, you’ll notice your hair will last much longer. It’s important to remember that once the hair is damaged, there is really no turning back, so protect your investment by using the recommended products in this sheet.


Currently the FDA has no regulations on what goes on the front of a cosmetics bottle. The only thing they regulate is the ingredient list, and many “FDA approved” ingredients are very harmful to the extensions and your natural hair. You can learn more about FDA cosmetics laws at or by checking out that awesome short YouTube video above. Because the FDA is so busy with the food and drug industry, it’s important that we take our hair’s health into our own hands. Even if a bottle says “Sulfate Free” on the front, it may actually have sulfates in the ingredient list.


What is the difference between professional products and those that you can buy at the drugstore such as Suave, Dove, Pantene, or Garnier?​​​​​​​​​​ I recommend to stay as far away from drugstore and Sally Beauty Supply products as possible. Along with drugstore products, Sally Beauty Supply products are readily available for consumers and not considered professional grade products. Products such as Pantene and Garnier have very convincing commercials, but not so convincing ingredients. ​



Ingredients to avoid

Sulfate:  Used as a cheap cleansing agent for attracting then breaking of dirt on the hair and scalp. This ingredient is extremely drying for the extensions. If you use a shampoo or products with sulfates in it, your extensions will start feeling brittle very quickly as it strips the hair of good and bad oils. Because it strips the good and bad oils of your hair, your body will start to overproduce scalp oils with extended use. If your hair seems to get oily in one day or less, sulfates in your shampoo may be why. Studies have also shown that the addition of Sulfate in cosmetics could cause certain damages to the body such as eye damage, which can lead to blindness in small children. Other than that, Sulfate can also cause to irritate the skin due to its ability to penetrate and ruin skin barriers. Sulfate has been found out to be toxic and carcinogenic. It also causes hair loss and hair thinning because it deteriorates the follicles of the hair, and slows the growth of hair.

Types of sulfates to avoid include: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Ammonium Xylene Sulfonate, TEA Lauryl Sulfate, Sulfur (in dandruff shampoos), Selenium Sulfide (in dandruff shampoos), Magnesium Sulfate, Sodium Thiosulfate, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Alkyl Sodium Sulfate, Alkyl Benzene Sulfonate, TEA-Dodecylbenzene, Sodium C12-15 Alkyl Sulfate, Sodium Dodecyl Sulfonate


Alcohol:  Alcohol is usually added in these products as a swelling agent. Have you ever gotten a drop of rubbing alcohol on your skin and realized it a few minutes later? You'll notice your skin feels sensitive and almost puffy or swollen. Alcohol does the same thing to your hair in a smaller dose. It opens up the cuticle of the hair in order to penetrate the product throughout the hair. The only problem is that once your cuticle is open, it never fully closes again. And the more you open it, the more it dries out. Alcohol is another very drying ingredient for the hair extensions. You’ll want to try to stay away from products with alcohol. There are only a couple of different plant based alcohols that are ok to use on the extensions.

I offer my guests O'right shampoo and conditioner, which do not contain sodium laurel sulfates. Some of the conditioners contain plant based alcohols that are actually beneficial. These larger alcohols are typically derived from natural sources, and have 12 or more carbons per molecule (typically 12, 14, 16, 18, and 20). This higher amount of carbon content makes these molecules oilier (also referred to as ‘fatty’). For this reason, they are often used as an emollient in skin and hair care products. They give a smooth, soft feeling to the hair shaft by helping the cuticle to lie flat on the surface of the hair, unlike other alcohols that blow open the cuticle and dry it out. However, if used in excess, fatty alcohols can combine with the natural sebum found on the scalp and form a sticky substance that makes the hair look greasy.

Plant based, approved alcohols: Lauryl alcohol, Cetyl alcohol, Myristyl alcohol, Stearyl alcohol, Cetearyl alcohol and Behenyl alcohol

Types of alcohol to avoid include: Ethyl Alcohol, Isopropanol or Isopropyl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Propanol or Propyl Alcohol, SD Alcohol 40, SD Alcohol, and Propylene Glycol


Sodium Chloride:  Also known as table salt, is very drying on the extensions. Not only will it dry out your extensions, it can make your color fade very fast.  Salt is an irritant and can damage the hair and scalp when used repeatedly over time. Think of the pain it causes to an open wound - this is due to chemical erosion. It does the same to the outside of skin and hair, only the effect is painless. Just as eating salty foods can make us feel dehydrated, sodium chloride dries out the skin and hair. Lack of moisture makes the skin of the scalp more prone to cracking, and can cause dandruff and psoriasis. The hair itself becomes dry and brittle, and will break easily.


Sodium Hydroxide is created via electrolysis of sodium chloride, and there fore should be avoided as well. This is another extremely drying ingredient. Ironically, many lotion companies put it in their lotions so your hands will never get fully moisturized, and you’ll keep coming back for more. Bath and Body works is famous for using this deceiving trick.



After looking at this list of ingredients to avoid, you'll notice it's sort of interesting to see which shampoo brands are completely lying to their consumers. Check out the many drying ingredients in ​

Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal:

Water, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Dimethicone, Glycol Distearate, Alcohol, Cocamide MEA, Panthenol, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Lysine HCl, Methyl Tyrosinate HCl, Histidine, Fragrance, Polyquaternium 10, Sodium Citrate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Sodium Benzoate, Disodium EDTA, Trimethylolpropane Tricaprylate/Tricaprate, Citric Acid, Ammonium Xylenesulfonate, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone

Brands With Ingredients to Avoid....

With Sulfate and Alcohol

Avalon Organics
C Booth
Circle of Friends Bonita's Banana
Curls Unleashed

Generic Hair Products
John Frieda
Liquid Keratin



With Sulfate

​Bumble & Bumble
Beautiful Textures
American Crew
Anthony Logistics For Men
Billy Jealousy
Borghese Modena
Cheer Chics
Cinderella Hair Extension Shampoo
Diamond Shine
Fairy Tales
Frederic Fekkai
Glop & Glam
Grooming Lounge
Infusium 23
Jack Black
Jamaican Mango
Joe Grooming

Kera Pro
Macadamia Natural Oil
Macadamia Oil
Mane N’ Tail
Mark Anthony
Miracle 7
Mane Boost
Nick Chavez Beverly Hills
Nothing But Clarifying
Not Your Mother's
One ’n Only
Optimum Care
Organic Root Stimulator
Salon Care
Silk Elements
So Gorgeous
Taliah Waajid

With Alcohol

Alba Botanica
As I Am
Beyond The Zone
Hair One
Pure Elements



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