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ISSUE: Brazilian Keratin Treatments

July 5, 2010 | Product Ingredients, Sodium Lauryl Sulfates

Dear Philip,

Are Philip B. shampoos suitable after a Brazilian Keratin treatment? I’ve heard that you shouldn’t use shampoos containing sulfates.

Good question. Unlike permanent straighteners or chemical relaxers, Brazilian Keratin treatments condition hair, and can leave it feeling silkier and smoother. The effect washes out after several weeks, so — to help the treatment last longer — experts recommend using very gentle, non-stripping, sulfate-free shampoos.

Many shampoos containing high concentrations of sodium-lauryl sulfate (SLS) are indeed stripping and drying. But in our case, because Philip B. shampoos contain such a high level of healing plant oils and extracts, we have to use a touch of SLS simply as a emulsifying agent, to make the formulas feel velvety and creamy.

So, the short answer is that yes, most Philip B. shampoos are suitable for use after Brazilian Keratin treatments. To be extra careful, I’d avoid clarifying and volumizing formulas like Peppermint & Avocado, Scent of Santa Fe and Nordic Wood. But Philip B. Russian Amber Imperial Shampoo, African Shea Butter Gentle & Conditioning Shampoo and White Truffle Ultra-Rich Moisturizing Shampoo would all be ideal.

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