Sulfate Free Shampoos – Should You Try It?

Sulfate Free Shampoos – Should You Try It?

I wrote about the differences between sulfate (SLS) -free shampoos and non-sls free shampoos a long while back, if you’d like to read it, it’s over here.  In case you were wondering what SLS does for your hair, well, it helps give your shampoo that foaming effect – it’s a detergent that helps to lift out oils, dirt, the works.  While some have attributed SLS to being carcinogenic, the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) has determined that there have been no data to show SLS as carcinogenic or even a reproductive toxicant.

Sulfate Free Shampoos

So why then are some people turning to sls-free shampoos?  Thanks to Christina’s post here, I’ve learnt that shampoos with sulfates can cause irritation on some people, especially those with dry hair.  Shampoos with sulfates also tend to strip your hair colour, hence why usually salons would recommend using lighter shampoos after a Keratin treatment or dying your hair.

With the benefits of sulfate free shampoos outweighing the non-sls free ones, why then do some of us still prefer using those with sulfates?

I read Tine’s post previously and she’s one of those whose hair just does not like sulfate free shampoos.  I asked her personally and she clarified that, while she’s tried a number of sulfate free shampoos and she knows that they’re better for your hair, she just didn’t like the lack of lather sulfate free shampoos seem to generate.  And I have to agree on her with that.  In fact, that was one of the reasons why I have avoided using sulfate free shampoos too.

It wasn’t until I had read Christina’s post on how to use sulfate free shampoos that I realised, less was indeed more when it came to sulfate free shampoos!  And by that I mean, less product more water.

Sulfate Free Shampoos to Try

I’ve been trying out a sulfate free shampoo recently and incorporating Christina’s tips to see if it made a difference to the experience of using sulfate-free shampoos and I have to say, her tips worked a treat!

I made sure my hair wasn’t just damp but really wet and used less product to wash my hair.  I have always double cleansed my hair anyway, but I only did that a few months ago, which was why it didn’t click previously that the wetter your hair the more lather you get from sulfate-free shampoos.  So when I did double cleanse my hair, the shampoo did work up to create slightly more lather.

Here are some sulfate free shampoos that you could try:

sulfate free shampoos

  • *Oblepikha Shampoo from Natura Siberica rrp$17.99 400ml – I recently tried this, while the scent of the natural oils in the ingredients does take a lot of getting used to, I have noticed that my scalp isn’t as itchy as when I’ve used those with sulfates.  The range from Natura Siberica will only be available in September.
  • ^Instant Rockstar Lovely Day Shampoo rrp$16.95 250ml – This was the first ever sulfate free shampoo I tried.
  • ^EVO shampoos from rrp$29.95 300ml – I haven’t tried this brand but it prides itself in being “an innovative, professional hair and beauty product manufacturer with individuality and integrity” – whatever that means 😉
  • ^OGX or what I’ve been calling Organix rrp$17.99 – I’ve used their Argan Creme Shampoo, without realising that it doesn’t contain sulfates at all – so I guess I have tried more than two sls free shampoos!  It’s not bad actually, and there are also other scents in their range that you could choose from.


I know that there are plenty more out there, so if you’re one who uses sulfate free shampoo do share the names and brands that you’ve used and loved here in the comments section.  If you have and like me didn’t like it previously, would you now give it another try, knowing how to use it effectively?


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  • Great to hear those tips helped, Norlin! I know what Tine means, and I still use sulphate shampoos from time to time to really clean out any product residue from my hair. I’m now trialling a cleansing conditioner so will be interesting to see how I go completely shampoo free…

    • Norlin says:

      Thanks Christina for sharing those tips!! It’s amazing how ONE little thing – more water less product – actually helped with the experience of using sulfate free shampoos. One thing though… I have yet to find one where I actually LOVE the scent! I’ll have to stay tune to your cleansing conditioner review. Can’t wait to read all about it!

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