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!
Best Sulfate-Free Shampoos To Try For Healthy, Shiny Hair
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.Continue reading below ↓
Human Nature Strengthening Shampoo, P59.75, humanheartnature.com
Not Your Mother's Way To Grow Strong And Long Shampoo
This sulfate-free shampoo contains a clever mix of ingredients like essential vitamins, herbs, and bioactive extracts to help your locks grow strong and long. TL;DR: Goodbye, breakage and hair fall!
Not Your Mother's Way To Grow Strong And Long Shampoo, P595, Beauty BarContinue 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.Continue reading below ↓
Good Virtues Co Happy & Heavenly Shampoo, P290, Beautymnl.com
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!Continue reading below ↓
L’Oreal Ever Pure Moisture Shampoo, P350, Watsons
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 ↓
BeachBorn Classy Not Brassy Purple Shampoo
This gentle yet tough formula does a lot in one go. This sulfate-free purple shampoo protects colored hair from getting brassy. It comes with a purple conditioner counterpart so you can complete your hair-toning routine down pat.
BeachBorn Classy Not Brassy Purple Shampoo, P198/100ml, P498/350ml, BeachBornContinue 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.Continue reading below ↓
Davines Essentials MINU Shampoo for Colored Hair, P1,090, hairmnl.com and other leading hair salons nationwide
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.Continue reading below ↓
Keratin Complex Color Care Shampoo, P1,325, hairmnl.com
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.Continue reading below ↓
Kérastase Discipline Fluidealiste Sulfate-Free Shampoo, P1,750, hairmnl.com and other leading hair salons nationwide