The Best Sulfate Free Shampoos & Conditioners

Sulfates are not really our hair enemy. Sulfates such as SLES and SLS are chemicals that cosmetic companies have used for a long time for personal care products – such as shampoo, body wash,

  • SLES (INCI: Sodium Laureth Sulfate) sold under the trade name – Texapon N 70 manufactured by Basf.
  • SLS (INCI: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) often sold under the trade name TEXAPON OC-N manufactured by Basf

If you have sensitive skin using shampoos and conditioners with these ingredients may not be a good thing.

But the truth is not many people develop allergic to it if any observed with rashes, swelling, and even redness!

While sulfates are fine for healthy hair if you have fine, dry hair – prone to breakage due to losing natural oil.

Another concern is possibly the 1,4 dioxane is not totally eliminated during the production process. And companies didn’t indicate which products are 1,4 dioxane free because it is not regulated by FDA.

According to NCBI – There is no valid information that long term exposure to 1,4 dioxane in personal care products related to any health problems.

Cosmetic companies have developed formulas to make shampoos and conditioners sulfate-free.

These products will get the job done effectively without harming our hair or scalp in any way.

And it sill leaves the “feeling”, shampoos have the “sud” that you desire to scrub your hair and conditioners have the necessary slip needed to effectively condition and detangle your tresses.

My recommendation: Find shampoo and conditioners that contain nonionic surfactants from the alkyl polyglycosides (such as Plantacare 1200 UP – INCI Lauryl Glucoside) the most common are lauryl glucoside and decyl glucoside.

The head group is a sugar instead of a sulfate. They are 1,4 dioxin free and are gentle enough not to irritate your skin.

Your quest for sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners is over here is a list of sulfate-free shampoo and conditioners that you can incorporate into your hair regimen.

ImageTitleHair Type/TexturePrice
Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention ShampooDamagedSee Price
OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk Moisturizing ShampooThin/FineSee Price
Devacurl No-Poo Decadence Milk CleanserCurlySee Price
Briogeo Curl charisma rice amino + avocado hydrating shampooFrizzySee Price
DevaCurl One Condition OriginalKinky CurlySee Price
Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal ConditionerDrySee Price
Redken Colour Extended ConditionerColor TreatedSee Price


Sulfate-free Shampoos

All of these shampoos were manufactured with the need for your hair in mind. They are also rich in other chemicals and minerals that will cleanse and nourish the scalp of your hair.

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo

The Shea Moisture Shampoo is free of sulfates which is the ultimate go-to.

It contains other ingredients such as sea kelp and Argan oil. Not only will your scalp be thoroughly cleansed once applied and massaged it, but it will be nourished.

The sea kelp is high in vitamin B which will promote hair growth, strengthen it, and reduce hair thinning.

Lastly, Argan oil will keep your frizzy hair at bay which usually happens after cleansing your hair.


OGX Coconut Milk Shampoo

Another sulfate-free shampoo, that your scalp will thank you for later.

The key ingredient separate and apart from water is coconut milk.

Coconut milk is rich in fatty acids that will nourish your hair strands while the excess product is being removed from your hair strands and scalp. Thus, creating a balance for your hair.


No-Poo Decadence Zero Lather Ultra Moisturizing Milk Cleanser

This shampoo is rich in milk, specifically chufa milk (also called Tiger Nut Milk).

Chufa Milk is rich in amino acids, minerals, and vitamins that will cleanse your hair and fortify it. It will cleanse your hair and strengthen it at the same time.

The milk fortifies your hair to protect it against damage from too much product, the UV rays, the toxic air, and even heat.


Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Avocado Hydrating Shampoo

If you have been keeping up with the trends in the beauty world, then you would be aware of the rice water phenomenon.

Rice water is rich in amino acids that will strengthen your curls. However, it can be drying and as such is usually followed up with a moisturizing conditioner. However, Briogeo created a product to bridge the two opposites.

A hydrated Rice amino + avocado shampoo was created to cleanse your scalp and hair, hydrate and define your natural curls and boost the volume that you so desire.


Sulfate-free Conditioners

Conditioning your hair is a vital step in your hair regimen because it provides the moisture and strength that your hair needs until your next wash day.

Hence, we have to find quality hair conditioners, i.e. without sulfate, that will nourish our hair.

Deva Curl One Condition Original Daily Cream Conditioner

Deva Curl is a top-quality brand that is always manufacturing hair products that will nourish your hair strands.

Based on the name you can tell that the conditioner is very thick which it is. This thickness is created without the use of sulfate hence the slip provided is real.

It contains a lot of slip that will aid to properly detangle our hair whether we use our fingers, combs, brushes, or even detanglers.

Hence, it is a must buy. Also, it can double up as a leave-in conditioner to be used daily.


Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal Hydrating Conditioner

Another sulfate-free shampoo that gives you the slip you desire without the harmful ingredients. This conditioner is very thick and the slip is real.

Once applied to your hair will condition it with the moisture and strength needed to rejuvenate your hair strands.

After rinsing your hair will be very satisfied because of the quality of the product. Lastly, it is very affordable so your bank balance will thank you.


Redken Colour Extended Conditioner

We decided to add in a conditioner for color-treated hair because everyone has color in their hair nowadays.

Sulfates are not good to be used with colored hair because it will remove the color and enhance the dryness of the hair.

Once our hair is dry it is susceptible to breakage, split ends, single strand knots and so much more.

This conditioner will provide the slip you need to condition your colored hair without resulting in it is dry to touch.


Not all of us will suffer from the use of sulfate, however, it is better to be safe than sorry.

These products have been tried, tested, and proven to work for others of different hair types.

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