Thanks to every hair commercial this side of 2015 you are probably aware that sulfates—chemicals found in most shampoos—have become the hair equivalent of gluten. But why go sulfate-free? Sulfates are detergents that work to remove oil from hair, so while they get your hair clean they can also strip your scalp of natural oils. This often causes two things: itchy skin and dry, brittle hair. Repeated use can also weaken hair follicles and remove hair dye and treatments like Keratin. Sulfates aren’t going to kill you but going without is an excellent choice if you prefer organic and natural products. Not all sulfate-free shampoos are created equal and some clean better than others. If you’re considering making the switch, try one of these favorites.
Kiehl’s Amino Acid Shampoo
From everyone’s favorite modern apothecary, this shampoo has ingredients like coconut oil and amino acids to keep hair moisturized and healthy.
Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Shampoo
Co-owned by Jennifer Aniston—the queen of good hair—Living Proof promises a perfect hair day without sulfates and parabens (a preservative).
Davines Momo Shampoo
Davines smells divine and has formulas for every hair type. It also creates a rich lather, something that isn’t true of all sulfate-free products.
Oribe Ultra Gentle Shampoo
Oribe's lightweight shampoo leaves your hair soft, smooth and sleek, plus it smells divine.
VERB Hydrating Shampoo
Verb's mild, ultra-hydrating shampoo locks in moisture and also helps protect hair from heat styling and color loss.