What are the benefits of going sans sulphates?
Using the best sulphate free shampoo will change your life, and your hair, forever. These shampoo formulas are much more gentle on the hair and so don’t strip away its natural moisture, meaning they’re particularly good for those who suffer from dry hair – plus those who love to wash their hair every day can do so without risk of damage.
So who are sulphate free shampoos appropriate for? The good news is that switching to a formula with no sulphates or parabens is fine for just about any hair type – even greasy hair. It’s also much better for the environment so you can rest easy knowing your haircare isn’t damaging our planet. If you can’t bear to part with a good old cleanse, then try alternating between sulphate and sulphate-free formulas.
Find out which sulphate free formula is best for your hair type below.
Best sulphate free shampoo for curly hair
When it comes to taking care of curly hair, you want something that’s going to keep the bounce in your locks rather than leaving them limp and lifeless. A sulphate-free formula is therefore a great choice, as it’s a gentle wash for your curls. Try Marie Claire approved Bumble and Bumble Curl Shampoo. At first glance you may think it’s a little pricey, but even if you have long and thick hair a little goes a long way, so you get some serious bang for your buck here.
Best sulphate free shampoo for dry hair
Sulphate free formulas are without doubt the best choice for dry hair, as it’s sulphates that are one of the biggest culprits when it comes to drying out your precious locks. As well as being formulated sans sulphates and parabens, Living Proof’s Repair Shampoo is a big injection of hydration for your frazzled locks, so it’s the best choice for dry hair.
Best sulphate free shampoo for fine hair
The big dilemma with fine hair is that you want to keep it hydrated, but many moisture replenishing formulas are just too heavy for your fine hair – you may want to go without conditioner altogether. Allow us to introduce you to OGX’s Weightless Hydration Coconut Water Shampoo for that injection of moisture that’s perfect for thinner hair. Plus it’s one of the cheaper options when it comes to sulphate free formulas, weighing in at just £6.99 per bottle.
Best sulphate free shampoo for coloured hair
If you colour your hair on the reg, then protecting that colour is naturally your first priority when it comes to haircare. Maria Nila Luminous Colour Shampoo not only intensifies your colour, but the formula is 100% vegan friendly too. Sustainability lover Emma Watson is reportedly a huge fan of the brand’s silver shampoo, so if it’s good enough for her…
Scroll through our round up to find your new favourite sulphate free shampoo. And, if you’re looking for a new conditioner too – why not take this quiz to find the perfect conditioner for your hair type.
Ideal for thin, dry, colour-treated hair, Leonor Greyl’s formula nourishes and cleanses simultaneously.
Using gentle cleansing ingredients, this one lifts away dirt and impurities whilst still keeping your colour super fresh.
If you like your shampoo completely natural and organic, then you’ve got to get to know Rahua. Formulated with ingredients sustainably grown in the Amazon, it nourishes and protects any kind of hair.
With ingredients like white tea and monoi oil, this one gives life to hair while serving it a lovely dose of antioxidants.
If you’re concerned that a sulphate-free shampoo just isn’t doing a good enough cleansing job, then opt for Jen Atkin’s Clean formula; it dissolves any nasties without stripping the hair.
It anti-ages, colour protects, hydrates, nourishes, volumises, detangles and removes product build-up – there’s literally nothing this Shea Moisture wonder can’t do.
Dry, damaged locks are instantly replenished with Giovanni’s beloved shampoo.
As it says on the tin (bottle), this formula really helps when your hair is a bit knackered and frizzy, smoothing it right back to a normal level. And with the weather warming up, that’s exactly what you need.
Full of organic herbal ingredients and coconut oil to nourish the scalp, the Gentle Herb Shampoo is free from sulfates, fragrance, artificial preservatives and salt, for a gentle cleanse that’s kind to the environment too.
Organic beauty lovers need to get acquainted with John Masters – their bare shampoo is great for all hair types, but as it’s unscented, it’s a particularly good buy if you have a sensitive scalp/skin.
Not only is this formula completely free of nasty sulphates, but it’s one of the best shampoos for curly hair on the market. It ensures your curls have optimum moisture and keeps them springy – as they should be. You only need the tiniest amount of all of Bumble and Bumble’s formulas, meaning one bottle goes a long old way.
This sweet smelling shampoo will not only make your colour look more vibrant than ever before, but it’s seriously good for the environment, too. Their formulas are 100% vegan and are sulphate and paraben free, while the packaging is 100% CO2 compensated.
Living Proof’s Restore Shampoo is sulphate free and a great injection of moisture for hair that’s dry and unhappy. You’ll really notice the difference in your hair’s health.
Perfect for fine hair that needs hydration without that ‘heavy’ feeling, OGX’s Weightless Hydration shampoo leaves your hair feeling exactly that – weightless. Coconnut water keeps your hair soft, and it feels light and residue-free post washing.
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