Just like skin, our hair needs to be prepped and washed with the right kind of product to keep it in tip-top shape. We also turn to shampoos that give a good lather—bubbles give a satisfying clean feeling. But, did you know that those bottles you patronize have one ingredient that actually damages your tresses even more? The foaming surfactant called sulfates—yup, the one that makes your shampoo sudsy—is the root cause, no pun intended.
Found in traditional shampoos, detergents, and even household cleaners, sulfates (sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate) create a lathering effect to remove dirt and oil. The bad part? Using shampoos with sulfates leads to dry, frizzy hair. Plus, it may trigger allergic reactions to a sensitive scalp.
Enter sulfate-free shampoos: Their gentle formulas prevent color from fading too fast, prolong the effect of Keratin treatments, lock in moisture, and keep hair healthy and shiny. They effectively cleanse the scalp and tresses without stripping it of its essential oils. So even if you have hair that’s never been processed or colored, you can benefit from a sulfate-free shampoo, too.
Ditch your harsh formulas and read below to see our ten best picks of sulfate-free shampoos your hair needs!
Human Nature Strengthening Shampoo
A good sulfate-free shampoo doesn’t have to break the bank! Best for weak or brittle hair, this all-natural cleanser with aloe and hydrolyzed wheat protein does the job of protecting and nourishing strands.
Human Nature Strengthening Shampoo, P59.75, humanheartnature.comContinue reading below ↓
Be Organic Bath & Body Gugo Shampoo
Your wallet will thank you for this local find that is safe for all hair types. The Be Organic Bath & Body Gugo Shampoo is made with 100 percent natural ingredients like gugo to boost hair growth and increase hair volume.
Be Organic Bath & Body Gugo Shampoo, P199, beautymnl.comContinue reading below ↓
Good Virtues Co Happy & Heavenly Shampoo
Dealing with dandruff and flakes? This sulfate-free shampoo is a must-have! We love that it contains purifying organic black seed oil to make hair shiny, and maca root extracts and vitamin B5 to prevent hair fall and breakage. Not only does this get rid of the flakes, but it reduces hair fall, too.
Good Virtues Co Happy & Heavenly Shampoo, P290, beautymnl.comContinue reading below ↓
L’Oreal Ever Pure Moisture Shampoo
Most sulfate-free shampoos don’t have that lather we love, but this one does without drying out hair. It’s made with rosemary extract to deeply replenish hair with more moisture and shine. Sulit for Keratin- and colored-treated hair!
L’Oreal Ever Pure Moisture Shampoo, P350, WatsonsContinue reading below ↓
OGX Quenching Coconut Curls Shampoo
What sets this apart is its blend of oils–coconut, sweet honey, and citrus—for curls that look soft and bouncy. If your curly hair needs taming and hydration, this one is for you.
OGX Quenching Coconut Curls Shampoo, P649, SM Beauty and LazadaContinue reading below ↓
V&M Naturals Lichen + Coffee Sulfate-Free Foaming Shampoo
This gentle yet tough formula does a lot in one go. It protects hair against free radicals, thanks to Lichen and amino acids from hydrolyzed silk protein. Emu oil, yogurt protein, and coffee seed extract all work together as an invisible shield from the sun’s UVB rays. It keeps hair smelling good, too!
V&M Naturals Lichen + Coffee Sulfate-Free Foaming Shampoo, P850, vnmnaturals.comContinue reading below ↓
Kristin Ess Extra Gentle Shampoo
Formulated for those with sensitive skin, this shampoo gently and thoroughly cleanses hair leaving it shiny and perfectly clean.
Kristin Ess Extra Gentle Shampoo, P855, Sephora
Davines Essentials MINU Shampoo for Colored Hair
We like this one from Davines for after-color hair protection. Infused with Salinas caper blossoms, this sweet-smelling formula also keeps hair soft, shiny, and hydrated.
Davines Essentials MINU Shampoo for Colored Hair, P1,090, hairmnl.com and other leading hair salons nationwideContinue reading below ↓
Keratin Complex Color Care Shampoo
Ideal for those with keratin-treated and colored hair, this product cleanses without over-stripping. It’s infused with a three-protein blend making frizz and flyaways a thing of the past.
Keratin Complex Color Care Shampoo, P1,325, hairmnl.comContinue reading below ↓
Kérastase Discipline Fluidealiste Sulfate-Free Shampoo
This shampoo is our best bet for those with buhaghag hair that’s hard to tame. A bit on the pricey side, but a little goes a long way to get a good lather. Plus, we can’t get enough of that floral-musk scent.
Kérastase Discipline Fluidealiste Sulfate-Free Shampoo, P1,750, hairmnl.com and other leading hair salons nationwideContinue reading below ↓