You wouldn’t wash your hair with dish or laundry detergent, right? Then you might want to know about sulfates. This ingredient that lathers up your go-to shampoo is actually an aggressive foaming agent — aka detergent — which can be extremely harmful to your hair, and even the environment. We spoke to the experts and got the scoop on why it’s best to stay in a sulfate-free zone when it comes to shampoo.
For one, sulfates derived from petroleum “are associated with climate change, pollution, and greenhouse gases,” while sulfates derived from palm or coconut oils “are a concern because of the destruction to the rainforest and tree plantations,” according to Kérastase consulting hairstylist Ryan Richman. Also, Richman notes that “sulfates being washed down the drain by millions of users can negatively affect aquatic animals and pollute the environment.”
Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Moisturizing Lather Shampoo
This sulfate-free shampoo won’t strip away essential oils or fade pigmentation! Featuring organic awapuhi extract to balance moisture levels and create natural luster, this rich wash also repairs dry, brittle strands. The exclusive KeraTriplex blend in Paul Mitchell’s gentle shampoo replenishes moisture and packs some serious shine into your strands. Plus, beyond the incredible benefits of this sulfate-free pick, it smells absolutely amazing.
Moroccanoil Extra Volume Shampoo
If you want a gentle shampoo and a full boost of volume, reach for Moroccanoil’s Extra Volume Shampoo. Infused with antioxidant-rich argan oil and revitalizing nutrients like linden bud extract, it livens up limp strands the natural way. This sulfate-free miracle shampoo is also completely color-safe, phosphate-free, and paraben-free. What’s not to love?
L’Oréal Paris Hair Care Ever Pure Moisture Shampoo
This sulfate-free drugstore buy puts moisture back into dehydrated strands while simultaneously protecting color. Because color-treated hair needs a particular type of tender loving care, L’Oréal created a gentle formula that contains no harsh sulfates or surfactants that can strip and damage hair.
A certified-vegan formula, it’s also infused with refreshing rosemary and juniper to provide luminous shine and softness. Sign us up!
Living Proof No Frizz Shampoo
Living Proof’s No Frizz shampoo is free of both sulfates and silicone. If you’ve got a full head of relentless frizzies, this gentle formula will smooth them right out.
Enhanced by the brand’s patented Healthy Hair Molecule (otherwise referred to as OFPMA), it gives an ultra rich lather that absorbs deep into the roots, eliminating friction and improving texture. Locks are left feeling weightlessly sleek and moisturized.
Maple Holistics Sage Shampoo
To rid yourself of an itchy scalp, Maple Holistics formulated an all-natural, sulfate-free shampoo by combining pure, essential oils like sage, tea tree, rosemary, and botanical keratin with verbenone, an organic compound that organically stimulates the renewal of the hair follicles and encourages circulation. This Sage Shampoo gets to the literal root of your dandruff dilemma.