What You Need to Know About Sulfate Free Shampoo

What You Need to Know About Sulfate-Free Shampoo

An Eye For the Best Sulfate-Free Shampoos

Why would you need and be using a sulfate-free shampoo? Many of the cosmetic products that we use daily contain some form of sulfate. The fact that they contain sulfate can cause skin irritation and even a skin reaction called Contact Dermatitis.

Sulfates (often Sodium Laureth sulfate) in cosmetics (and shampoos) are used as a detergent and to make a shampoo foamy and bubbly. In a way its a bit of trade-off between the pros and the cons.

So people with a (very) dry or (very) sensitive scalp and skin will probably benefit most for using a shampoo that is free of sulfates.

Who Should use Sulfate-free shampoo?

Because of the fact that sulfates can be an irritant, use a sulfate-free shampoo when:

  • You are suffering from hair loss
  • Your hair is (very) dry and breakable
  • You know that your skin and scalp are very sensitive
  • You colour or dye your hair and want to prevent that colour from losing its intensity (that’s another side effect of the use of sulfates: it causes dullness in colour-treated hair)

Who Should Not Use Sulfate-Free Shampoo?

Sulfate-free shampoos tend to not clean as strong as ordinary shampoos. So for people with very oily and greasy hair (who need to wash their hair every day), this might not be the best solution.

Tip: Our hair becomes “conditioned” to the frequency of our hair washing. It could be that you don’t have the oily hair that you think you have. If you can, do a test, and wash your hair twice a week only, and keep that up for at least 2 weeks. There is a pretty good chance that your hair will become less oily. This way you can use a sulfate-free shampoo to clean your hair and enjoy the benefits of it.

Where to Buy Sulfate-Free Hair Care Products?

There used to be a time where you could only get these special hair care products at a pharmacy. But fortunately, these times are long gone.

Nowadays finding these special shampoos is easy. Every supermarket sells them in different forms and shapes.

Ordering them online is of course also an option. And depending on the brand you’re looking for, can be cheaper as well.

One thing to look for is that your product of choice is indeed a sulfate-free product. “Sulfate-free” is something different than “non-irritating“. So in other words: Read The Label!

Tip: Most genuine organic products will likely be less irritating for your skin and scalp. Even if they do contain sulfates

Best Brands to Consider

The big brand names all make special hair care products. Below we’ll list the best (reviewed by Amazon.com customers), most expensive, cheapest, newest and most popular products.

  • Best Reviewed(5 stars): Sweet Baby Shampoo, 8 oz., 16 oz., Sulfate Free, No Parabens, Phthalates, Dyes, Endocrine Disruptors, SLS Free, Vegan, Organic. Price $10.99
  • Most Expensive: John Masters Organics Evening Primrose Shampoo (For Dry Hair) – 1035ml/35oz. Price $1,000.00 (really!; not sure who would buy shampoo like that)
  • Second most expensive: Sudzz FX Whipped Cream & Honey Shampoo (select option/size). Price $110.00 (still steep!)
  • Cheapest: Joico Smooth Cure Sulfate Free Shampoo, 10.1 Fluid Ounce. Price $12
  • Most popular: Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Shampoo and Wash, 12 Ounce Bottles (Pack of 3)

All in all it seems that the baby shampoos are really doing well if you’re looking at price and quality. So that might be a good starting point when you go out buying your products.

Another good thing to do is to experiment using different shampoos. You will find that your hair is really personal. What your best friend uses might not be the best product for you and your hair.

Other Stuff You Might Want to Read:

  1. Best Shampoo For Oily Hair
  2. Best Shampoo for Color Treated Hair
  3. Best dandruff shampoo
  4. Best Organic Shampoo Overview


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