Sulfate-Free Shampoos That Actually Work

by Sara Cifani

The mountainous froth of chemicals from shampoos with sulfates, a harsh detergent, can have hair-raising effects on our hair and scalp. Traditional sulfate-based shampoos strip the hair of necessary moisture and natural oils. Here is a round up of some of our favorite sulfate-free shampoos that keep your hair healthy—naturally.

RAHUA SHAMPOO

Ingredient Spotlight: Rahua-Ungurahua, Quinoa, Coconut Oil

A restorative oil, Rahua is sourced and processed by women of the Amazon, following traditional methods and rituals passed down for generations. Coconut oil cleanses as the rahua molecule bonds to repair and smooth—even effective for damaged or color-treated tresses. Help to preserve the beauty of the Amazon, while nourishing your locks and scalp. rahua.com

DR. ALKAITIS ORGANIC HERBAL SHAMPOO

Ingredient Spotlight: Aloe Vera Gel, Coconut Oil, Grapefruit Seed Extract

Dr. Alkaitis formulated this Organic Herbal Shampoo featuring an array of natural ingredients including wild chamomile, garden sage, rosemary and more. Hand-manufactured in California, these high-quality certified organic ingredients are kept in a “living” aka “raw” state for full therapeutic benefits, leaving each strand stronger, shinier, silky-smooth and chemical-free. alkaitis.com

YAROK FEED YOUR MOISTURE SHAMPOO

Ingredient Spotlight: Argan, Hemp Seed, Orange, Ylang Ylang, Rosemary

Argan oil, organic coconut and organic hemp seed hydrate and restore your hair to an ideal moisture balance. Essential oils of orange, ylang ylang and rosemary provide a pleasurable aromatic shower experience. Yarok donates three percent of annual profits to the Pachamama Alliance, a nonprofit that protects over 10 million acres of Amazon rainforests. yarokhair.com

ALAFFIA EVERYDAY SHEA SHAMPOO – LAVENDER

Ingredient Spotlight: Lavender, Shea Butter

Calm your senses with lavender, while shea butter, shea leaf extracts and virgin coconut oil leave your hair feeling soft and silky. With sustainably harvested, unrefined ingredients, this shampoo is great for everyday use on all hair types. Alaffia dedicates ten percent of sales proceeds to Alaffia Empowerment Projects in West Africa. alaffia.com

SHEAMOISTURE AFRICAN BLACK SOAP DEEP CLEANSING SHAMPOO

Ingredient Spotlight: African Black Soap, Tea Tree Oil, Willow Bark Extract

Used for centuries in West Africa as an all-purpose beauty elixir, African Black Soap calms oil imbalances; tea tree oil cleanses; and willow bark extract exfoliates and detoxifies the scalp. Perfect for sensitive or oily hair and skin. sheamoisture.com

Photo credit: Robin Jolin/ robinjolin.com 

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