Bustle: The 7 Best Sulfate-Free Shampoos & Conditioners
Most often found in beauty products like shampoos, body wash, and facial cleansers, sulfates are chemicals used to produce that rich, foamy lather we've all come to associate with a proper cleanse. While not actually dangerous, they can cause irritation if you have a skin sensitivity — and they can also strip hair of moisture, dissolve keratin-based hair treatments, and fade chemically-processed color. Personally, I stopped using shampoos with sulfates several years ago — so if you're interested in deciphering between the best sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners, you've come to the right place.
There are three main types of sulfates typically found in shampoo: sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), and sodium coco sulfate (SCS), the latter being a lesser-known sulfate that brands often sneak in to their products, while cleverly touting the formula as being SLS-/SLES-free. So when shopping for a sulfate-free beauty product, you need to make sure it's not just listed as being SLS-/SLES-free, but entirely sulfate-free.
If you're interested in transitioning to a cleaner beauty routine, one of the first places to start is by eliminating products with sulfates in them. Even if you don't have dry or chemically-treated her, why would you want to use a product with chemical-laden, moisture-stripping sulfates when there are so many amazing sulfate-free formulason the market?
Below, you'll find seven of the best sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners on the market — so let your quest for longer-lasting color and silkier hair commence.