It’s not news that using shampoo in your cleansing routine is a must for healthy-looking hair. If you find that your go-to shower essential just doesn’t cut it, you may want to switch things up on the hair-care front by using a shampoo without sulfates. Sulfates are detergents that produce a lathering effect, but they can also leave you with dry and dull-looking locks. That said, using the best sulfate-free shampoo can cleanse your strands without the harsh feel. If you’re ready to hop on the sulfate-free shampoo bandwagon, we’re here to assist. Ahead, we’re giving you the full scoop on the L’Oréal sulfate-free shampoo picks to use in your hair-care regimen.
OUR BEST SULFATE-FREE SHAMPOO FOR COLOR TREATED HAIR
As you may already know, color-treated hair needs extra pampering to maintain its radiance. This is where the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo comes in. This drugstore sulfate-free shampoo is formulated with an exclusive antioxidant complex that gently cleanses fragile hair. It deeply strengthens and protects strands from daily color aggressors, like UV rays, water, and heat-styling. Not to mention, this particular formula is gentle on color. Follow up with the coordinating sulfate-free conditioner, the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair and Defend Conditioner to complete the wash process.
OUR BEST SULFATE-FREE SHAMPOO FOR CURLY HAIR
Washing your strands may seem like a no-brainer, but curly hair comes with its own rulebook. Since it’s super-easy for your spirals to transform into limp and lifeless curls, you’ll want to reach for the best sulfate-free shampoo for your texture. Consider adding the L’Oréal Paris EverCurl HydraCharge Shampoo to your arsenal. This sulfate-free shampoo for curly hair is formulated with coconut oil and hydrating botanicals. It gently cleanses curls and quenches them with hydration, leaving you with a softer and more manageable mane. This essential doesn’t weigh your hair down, so your curls can feel hydrated without the heavy feel. Apply the shampoo to wet hair and massage it into a thick lather. Rinse thoroughly before applying the L’Oréal Paris EverCurl HydraCharge Conditioner to your ends.
OUR BEST SULFATE-FREE SHAMPOO FOR THIN HAIR
Thin hair is known to sport a flat look, so it’s smart to use a thickening drugstore sulfate-free shampoo to boost your strands with volume. We love the L’Oréal Paris EverStrong Thickening Shampoo since it can help fortify your strands from the inside out, promote thicker-looking locks, and help stop hair breakage. We also dig that it’s formulated with rosemary leaf and has a fresh aromatic fragrance that you can enjoy during every shower. Pair the shampoo with the corresponding conditioner, the L’Oréal Paris EverStrong Thickening Conditioner.
OUR BEST SULFATE-FREE DETOX SHAMPOO
There’s no denying that using hair-styling products day to day can lead to major product buildup, which can wreak havoc on your scalp and mane. That’s why using a scalp detox shampoo, like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate Free Scalp Care + Detox Shampoo, is non-negotiable. This sulfate-free offering deeply purifies and cleanses your scalp without stripping your strands. It’s also formulated with menthol and neem leaf extract, refreshing your mane with every use. Apply the shampoo to wet hair and gently massage it onto your scalp and strands. Rinse well. Complete your wash routine by using the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate Free Scalp Care + Detox Conditioner to provide your strands with moisture. Use this duo up to two times a week to get the best results.
OUR BEST SULFATE-FREE SHAMPOO FOR BLONDES
Color-treated hair is one thing, but color-treated blonde hair has its own set of guidelines. In order to keep your blonde locks looking their very best, you’ll need to use a non-sulfate shampoo (and conditioner) that’s formulated specifically for your hue. Try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Shampoo, which will help neutralize any brassiness, prevent fading, and keep your locks hydrated. Pair it with the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Conditioner and the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Shade Reviving Treatment for a full hair-care routine that caters to your color.
OUR BEST SULFATE-FREE SHAMPOO FOR DRY, BRITTLE HAIR
Dry hair, do care. Since dryness can easily take a toll on the appearance of your mane, it's best to seek out an offering that can restore shine and hydration. The L’Oréal Paris EverCreme Deep Nourish Shampoo can gently clean dry, brittle strands while also replenishing them with nourishment and moisture. Not to mention, this shampoo without sulfates is specifically formulated for dry hair and is gentle on color-treated hair. Apply the shampoo on wet hair, massage it into a thick lather, and rinse thoroughly. Follow up with the L’Oréal Paris EverCreme Deep Nourish Conditioner to complete your nourishing regimen.
OUR BEST SULFATE-FREE SHAMPOO FOR FRIZZY HAIR
Even on days where there’s a little rain outside, keeping frizz under control with the right drugstore sulfate-free shampoo is doable. The L’Oréal Paris EverPure Frizz Defy Shampoo is formulated with marula oil and gently cleanses frizz-prone strands. It offers long-lasting humidity and frizz control, improving the manageability of your mane. Gently massage it onto wet hair, then rinse thoroughly. Move on to conditioning with the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Frizz Defy Conditioner.
OUR BEST SULFATE-FREE SHAMPOO FOR FLAT HAIR
Whatever your hair type or texture, there are bound to be times when your strands could stand for a little boost in volume. Reach for a sulfate-free shampoo that’s formulated to revive flat strands and provide lasting volume, such as the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Volume Shampoo. Use it the same as you would any other shampoo—apply onto wet hair, massage gently into a lather, then rinse thoroughly before following with the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Volume Conditioner.
OUR BEST SULFATE-FREE SHAMPOO FOR CHEMICALLY STRAIGHTENED HAIR
If you’ve had a professional keratin treatment that helps to relax and straighten strands, then using a sulfate-free shampoo that’s formulated specifically with chemically processed hair is non-negotiable. That’s because using your regular shampoo on your strands can reverse or minimize the effects of your treatment. Go ahead and reach for the L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Keratin Caring Shampoo, which is formulated to help care for the essential protein and keratin that are naturally found in your mane. Pair it with the L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Keratin Caring Conditioner to get the best results.
HOW TO USE OUR SULFATE-FREE SHAMPOOS AND CONDITIONER
Just because you have the full scoop on shampoo without sulfates doesn’t mean that your work is over. You want to make sure that you’re prepared to cleanse and condition properly. Follow these tips for using our best sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner duos.
STEP #1. SHOWER IN LUKEWARM WATER TO MAINTAIN MOISTURE
Scalding hot H2O won’t exactly do your hair any favors, as it can strip your mane of essential oils and make it feel drier. Turn down the dial and rinse off in lukewarm water instead.
STEP #2. BE GENTLE TO PREVENT FRIZZ & FLYAWAYS
One of the biggest mistakes you can make when using shampoo is aggressively rubbing it onto your hair. Abrasive rubbing can cause frizz and flyaways to emerge. Apply your sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner to wet locks and work them through your strands gently, then rinse.
STEP #3. LET CONDITIONER SIT TO HYDRATE YOUR STRANDS
Don’t immediately rinse out your sulfate-free conditioner once you apply it. Give it a minute or two to work its magic and moisturize your strands. Wash your body or shave your legs while you wait, then rinse when you’re ready.
STEP 4. ALLOW YOUR HAIR TO AIR DRY TO MINIMIZE HEAT USAGE
Show off your hair’s natural texture when you’re done shampooing and conditioning by air drying your locks. It helps to reduce damage that comes with overusing hot tools and aids in maintaining a healthy-looking mane. Feel free to create gorgeous beachy waves by putting your strands into a braid (create one braid for a looser texture or multiple braids for tighter waves). Once your mane has completely dried, undo your braid and shake your hair out.
STEP #5. BLOT YOUR HAIR DRY WITH A COTTON T-SHIRT TO PREVENT BREAKAGE
Speaking of drying your strands, a cotton T-shirt will be softer and gentler than a towel since some options are made with harsh fabrics that can cause hair breakage. Play it safe and keep a T-shirt on hand in your bathroom.
STEP #6. USE A DETANGLER SPRAY TO REMOVE KNOTS WITH EASE
Your hair is at its most fragile when wet, so put that brush away. Spritz on a detangling spray, like the L’Oréal Kids Burst of Sweet Pear Tangle Tamer for All Hair Types, which is a conditioning formula that can detangle any hair type in a flash. Use a comb to gently undo any knots and tangles.
4 OTHER SULFATE-FREE HAIR PRODUCTS TO TRY
In case you didn’t know, sulfates aren’t just found in shampoo. If you want to ditch sulfates from your hair-care routine, we’ve got you covered. Here are four sulfate-free hair products you may want to add to your regimen.
1. SULFATE-FREE HAIR SCRUB
You may think that your tried and true sulfate-free shampoo is enough to cleanse your entire mane, but your scalp needs some TLC from time to time. This is where a scalp scrub can help. The L’Oréal Paris EverFresh Micro-Exfoliating Scrub is formulated with apricot seeds and gently removes impurities and build-up that can cause hair to be weighed down. Wet your strands and gently massage the scrub onto your scalp and throughout your locks. Rinse thoroughly and follow with the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Scalp Care Detox Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Scalp Care Detox Conditioner.
2. SULFATE-FREE LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER
If you use heat-styling tools every day, dry, lackluster-looking strands can emerge. Consider using a leave-in conditioner to help improve the look of your mane and restore hydration. The L’Oréal Paris EverStrong Break Proof Lotion has a lightweight formula that moisturizes hair that has been sensitized by UV rays, water, and heat styling—plus, it helps revive the look of shine. The formula also provides added slip for easy detangling. Apply a dime-sized amount to towel-dried strands, gently working it through your locks to evenly distribute, then style as usual.
3. SULFATE-FREE HAIR SERUM
When you have frizz-prone hair, you’ll need to pull out all of the stops to tame your mane. Improve the overall look of your strands by using a nourishing hair serum to smooth your locks. After shampooing and conditioning with the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Frizz Defy Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Frizz Defy Conditioner, try the L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Frizz Finish Oil-in-Serum. This lightweight serum works to manage frizz and flyaways while detangling and smoothing each strand. Apply one to two pumps evenly onto damp or dry hair from the mid-length to ends. You can either blow-dry your locks or let it air dry—it’s up to you. Add a small amount of serum to dry strands and help tame flyaways, and condition split ends.
4. SULFATE-FREE HAIR GEL
Curly hair needs all the moisture that it can get. If you want to pare down your routine without skimping on hydration, seek out a cream gel. The L’Oréal Paris EverCurl Sculpt & Hold Cream-Gel combines a rich hydrating cream and styling gel to shape your strands without the weighed down look and feel. As a result, curls remain smooth and hydrated. Start by washing your locks with the L’Oréal Paris EverCurl HydraCharge Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverCurl HydraCharge Conditioner. Next, dispense one to two pumps evenly through clean, towel-dried hair. Let curls air dry or blow-dry with a diffuser, then finish styling as usual.
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