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.
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!).
*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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