All those advertisements featuring women washing their shiny, bouncy locks with super-foamy shampoo could lead you to believe that products with lots of lather are better for your hair. However, that’s not the case — the (very common!) ingredients responsible for all those soapy suds, called sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate, don’t actually deliver nutrients to your hair and can actually be very harmful, particularly to colored or heat-damaged locks.
Sulfates are known to strip essential oils from your strands, irritate the scalp, and lead to some seriously frizzy hair. In the interest of ditching the nasty stuff, we’ve rounded up our five favorite sulfate-free shampoo options best suited to every type of hair. Keep scrolling to learn more and start shopping.
This shampoo contains on sulfates, parabens, or phthalates, and instead is jam-packed with B vitamins, as well as vitamins C and E. It’s a rich, nourishing formula that won’t dry out your locks.
Anyone with curly, wavy, or coiled hair needs to step right this way. Bumble and Bumble’s formula is moisture-rich with added nut oils, which helps create defined, frizz-free curls.
We tried this shampoo in the office and decided its best for fine, oil-prone hair because it won’t weigh down your locks. It also protects from color fade, which is perfect for anyone with dyed strands.
Looking for a sulfate and paraben-free shampoo that tones and balances out brassiness, adds shine, and cleanses your blonde locks? Found it! This deep purple formula is perfect for blonde and highlighted hair.
This formula’s developed to curb excess your scalp’s oil production while removing loose dandruff flakes. The result? Light, bouncy, beautiful hair.
Blowout-obsessives, this is the shampoo for you. It’s designed to help address split ends and other chemical or mechanical-inflicted damage, and replenish moisture in those breakage-prone strands.