Ditch the Sulfates, Not the Suds

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I know I go on and on about how I avoid sulfates in my shampoos. And I know several of you have tried to go the no-poo route and hate the fact that there aren't suds. To try to bridge the gap, I've been stalking shelves for sulfate-free* brands that avoid the harsh SLS, but have a little something to give you that sudsing action you love so much.

If you want to try a more gentle approach to haircare that won't strip your color, won't attract dirt and oil to your hair like a magnet and will keep your hair cleaner, longer; here are the shampoos to try.

Davines Oi Shampoo and Conditioner: I've raved about this before and it's still my favorite right now. It's the one shampoo and conditioner I keep buying and re-buying. This is my favorite sulfate-free combo, no questions asked.

Thin or fine hair may find their match with Taya's Amazon White Clay Shampoo and Conditioner. Damaged or dry hair will soak up the Buriti Nut Intensive Repair Shampoo and Conditioner. These are a little on the pricey side, but be on the lookout for special pricing on HSN.

My backup shampoo has been Marc Anthony Moroccan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner for at least six months. It's sulfate-free, but gives just enough foam to make those new to SLS avoidance stick with it past the first shampoo.

Finally, L'OREAL EverStrong also has a little sudsing action and no SLS. I really like this shampoo, but some claim that the formulas are too drying or not conditioning enough (talk about a bunch of Goldilocks!). 

Are you still using sulfates? Tell me why in the comments!

*In the US, sulfate-free is considered to be any product that doesn't have sodium lauryl/eth sulfate. In the UK, sulfate-free means no sulfates. Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate are not the same as traditional SLS. These are gentle foaming agents and conditioners. It gets tricky fast, doesn't it?

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  1. So I recently picked up a shampoo that boasted 'no sulfates' but it had 'sulfonate" in it...I'm wondering the difference. am I even any better off?

  2. A little background: I have very oily, untreated hair. I've heard all the stories about how frequent hairwashing causes your sebaceous glands to go into overdrive, so I tried to cut back on shampooing (SO GROSS!), the "No Poo" route (flat, greasy locks!), and even tried a shampoo that was nothing more than mud with herbal infusions (gave me the WORST dandruff ever!). I also tried a locally-made brand that is sold at my local Whole Foods that uses decyl glucoside and other coconut-based surfactants. The bottom line: I've been left with limp, greasy, locks with dandruff! I should mention that in addition to having an oily scalp, I also have very oily skin, just as my mother did. I eat a very healthfully: low sugar, low starchy carbs, lots of fruits and veggies. I think I'm just doomed to have as much oil as an OPEC nation until menopause!

    1. Oh No! I will say that when I first started using Wen, I was greasy. You have to use more product than you think and REALLY RINSE. You need to put it in your hair when your hair is wet like you've been underwater in a pool. Then you need to rinse for at least 3 minutes. It's a long time, but it makes a big, big difference. Does dry shampoo help?


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