Sulfate-free shampoos have become increasingly popular within the last couple of years. I’m a fan but I wanted to answer a couple questions about these type of shampoos as well as list 15 of the most popular on the market today.
Is sulfate-free better for your hair?
After I transitioned from chemically straightened hair to my naturally curly hair, I quickly saw my hair rebelling against my traditional shampoo. Regardless of how much conditioner, oil, or product I slathered on, it was no help. It was dry, frizzy and almost unmanageable. And split ends … let’s not even go there!
Stylists like Lorraine Massey and Anthony Dickey point to sulfate shampoo as the culprit. They have challenged consumers for years to opt for “low ‘poo” (low sulfate) or sulfate-free shampoos. These sulfates are usually listed as sodium lauryl sulfate or sodium laurel sulfate and abbreviated as SLS.
What’s the deal with SLS?
It can’t be that bad if it’s been in our shampoo for decades. While it’s not a carcinogen despite unfounded rumors, it is a common detergent found in tons of household items including laundry detergent, dish soap, toothpaste and the list goes on. If you don’t believe me, just read your labels. (I did.)
For this reason alone I would opt for sulfate-free shampoo. I don’t want to wash my hair, skin, or baby with the same detergent that cleans my clothes and dishes.
I have used sulfate-free shampoo, body soap, and baby wash exclusively. I have noticed less flare-ups of eczema and dry scalp in myself. Both my son and I have less occurrences of dry skin. My hair and body feel softer. I have also noticed less frizzy hair days. My hair seems to respond better to my hair products after each shampoo.
So if you’re thinking of going sulfate-free, here’s a list of 15 sulfate-free shampoos to consider.
If you have tried and loved any of these, please comment below.