Does using sulfate shampoo cause split ends?

I am not CG. My hair is 3a/3b. I have tried it a few times and for a few months at a time and both times it did not really make any change in my hair. My hair has always been fine with using sulfates and silicones so that is what I use right now. I also feel that silicones make my hair softer! However, I really want to grow my hair long so I was wondering if using sulfate shampoos actually cause split ends?? I do not use any heat on my hair or color it or anything so my only concern is shampoo. I'm just curious if it can actually cause split ends in the hair. Thank you!


  • BotticelliBritBotticelliBrit Posts: 2,075Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Short answer is no. The idea behind not using sulfates is because they can be very stripping and drying. And I suppose if your hair is really dry then, yeah, it can break and cause split ends. But it's not likely IMO just from using a regular shampoo
    3B. Med porosity. Med thickness. Med density.

    LP: Shea Moisture (currently JBCO)
    Conditioner/CW: Jason Aloe Vera

    LI: Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Quench
    Refreshing: TRESemmé Naturals Aloe Vera & Avocado
    Gel: DevaCurl Ultra Defining Gel
    Aunt Jackie's Soft & Sassy Super Duper Softening Conditioner
    Treatments: Coconut oil/Coconut milk

    UK curly. CG since Oct 2013.
    Growing my hair to WL when dry :thumright:
  • Corrina777Corrina777 Posts: 3,204Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I did strict CG for several years and now rotate in sulfates and silicones. In my experience, it's mechanical a manipulation that contributes more to split ends than sulfates. For example, a big issue for me is when my hair gets caught under the strap of my purse. As long as you treat your hair gently you should be able to keep split ends to a minimum.
    Modified CG since 11/5/11
    CLEANSE: CJ Daily Fix, DevaCare No-Poo, CHS Treatment Shampoo
    RO: SS Caitlin's Conditioner, CJ Beauticurls Strengthening
    LI: SS Repairing Protein Treatment, CHS Silk Leave-In
    STYLE: Re:Coil, Curl Keeper, Deva Ultra Defining Gel, Curls Rock Amplifier,Sweet Curls Elixirs Okra Gel and Hard Hold Gel, SS Curl Enhancing Jelly and Firm Hold Gel

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