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You’ve probably heard of sulfate-free shampoo—after all, there are lots of different ones on the market these days. But do you actually know what sulfate-free shampoo is and how it works? No worries if you don’t—we’re sharing all the deets, along with our best sulfate-free shampoo options, below. Keep reading to learn all about sulfate-free shampoo and how to add it to your hair care routine.
If you pick up a bottle of shampoo and look at the label, you may notice the ingredients sodium laurel sulfate and sodium lauryl sulfate. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), these are two of the most common ingredients that shampoos are formulated with. Both are types of detergents that produce a lathering effect that can help get rid of dirt and debris from hair. If you couldn’t guess by now, sulfate-free shampoos, conditioners, and other hair care products are not formulated with sulfates—but don’t worry, they still cleanse and condition! Keep reading for our best sulfate-free shampoo options and more.
When it comes to sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner, there’s something for everyone. Look for a system that is formulated to address your hair’s specific concerns. Here are our favorites:
If you have dry hair…try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Conditioner. This hair care system gently cleanses dry hair to help replenish essential moisture, lush-touch softness, and luminous shine.
If you have flat hair…try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Volume Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Volume Conditioner. This hair care system gently cleanses and revives the look of fine, flat hair infusing it with luminous shine and boosting body without the weighing hair down.
If you have frizzy hair…try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Frizz-Defy Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Frizz-Defy Conditioner. This hair care system gently cleanses frizz-prone hair for humidity and frizz control, manageability, and smooth luminosity.
If you have thin hair…try the L’Oréal Paris EverStrong Thickening Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverStrong Thickening Conditioner. This hair care system gently cleanses and purifies fragile, thin hair, removing buildup and excess oils to promote the appearance of thicker-looking hair.
If you have chemically straightened hair…try the L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Keratin Caring Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Keratin Caring Conditioner. This hair care system gently cleanses chemically straightened hair while helping to improve hair’s texture, leaving it sleek and manageable without weighing it down.
Don’t leave just yet! Make sure you’re prepared to cleanse and condition the right way. Follow these tips for using our sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner combos.
1. Shower in lukewarm water. Scalding hot H2O won’t exactly do your hair any favors, as it can strip your hair of essential oils, which can make it feel drier. Turn down the temp and rinse off in lukewarm water instead.
2. Be gentle! One of the biggest mistakes you can make when using shampoo is aggressively rubbing it into your hair. Apply your sulfate-free shampoo to wet hair and massage it in gently, then rinse.
3. Let conditioner sit. Don’t immediately rinse out your conditioner once you apply it. Give it a minute or two to work its magic. Wash your body or shave your legs while you wait, then rinse when you’re ready.
4. Let your hair air dry. Show off your hair’s natural texture when you’re done shampooing and conditioning by air drying your hair. Create gorgeous beachy waves by putting your hair into a braid (create one braid for looser waves or multiple braids for tighter waves). Once your hair has completely dried, undo your braid and shake your hair out. You’re ready to face the day with serious style!
Next, head over to our article, Our Best Sulfate-Free Hair Care Products, and learn how to switch your whole hair care routine—not just shampoo and conditioner—over to sulfate-free options.