Updated September 30, 2019 by Gia Vescovi-Chiordi

The 10 Best Sulfate-free Shampoos

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This wiki has been updated 7 times since it was first published in May of 2018. Sulfates are responsible for creating that thick, luxurious lather that we all love when washing our hair. But they can also increase frizziness, make dyes fade faster, and strip your hair of natural oils. If you have dry, curly, or color-treated hair, try one of these shampoos, which will clean your tresses without causing as much damage to you or the environment as regular formulations. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best sulfate-free shampoo on Amazon.

10. Carol's Daughter

9. Redken Magnetics

8. L'Oréal Paris EverPure

7. OGX Renewing

6. Kerastase Discipline

5. Mixed Chicks

4. Maple Holistics Biotin

3. Living Proof Full

2. Maui Moisture Thicken & Restore

1. Pura D'Or Advanced

Special Honors

Ouai Clean Gentle and detoxifying, Ouai Clean is infused with the company's unique Smart Technology complex that works to refresh stressed tresses. It features a blend of amino acids, keratin, and tamarind seed extract, and its fragrance has notes of Italian lemon, Turkish rose, jasmine, iris, lily, and white musk. theouai.com

Shu Uemura Color Lustre This shampoo from Shu Uemura lathers quickly and rinses easily. Ideal for color treated locks, it balances the scalp's natural oils and protects hair fiber. It contains musk rose oil, which is rich in nourishing fatty acids, and goji berry extract, an antioxidant-loaded ingredient that keeps color from fading. shuuemuraartofhair.com

Oribe Shampoo for Moisture & Control Made for curly, kinky, and ultra-thick hair that's relentlessly dry, this offering from Oribe calms frizzy tresses and leaves them smooth and polished. It boasts a signature complex of watermelon, lychee, and edelweiss flower extracts to defend hair from oxidative stress and photoaging while protecting it from the drying, damaging, and color-depleting effects of the elements. oribe.com

Editor's Notes

September 27, 2019:

Everyone's hair and scalp are different, which is why you'll find such a wide range of formulas and ingredient types on this list, although you'll notice that we prioritized natural and sustainable ones. Consumers also have myriad goals when it comes to their tresses, so we included everything from thickening shampoos (Maple Holistics Biotin, Pura D'or Advanced) and color-protecting ones (Redken Magnetics, Mixed Chicks) to solutions that can help restore hair that's been damaged from styling tools like curling wands and flat irons (OGX Renewing). Some shampoos affect people differently, so you might have to try a few before you find something you love.

Every selection on this list is free of sulfates, with many also free of parabens, silicone, salt, petroleum, and synthetic colors and fragrances. Additionally, we sought out products that come from cruelty-free companies that are environmentally responsible.

We removed our previous #10 Aveeno Pure Renewal in favor of Living Proof Full, and due to recent complaints of a changed, watered-down formula with the Baebody Volumizing, we took the opportunity to replace it with Pura D'or Advanced.


Gia Vescovi-Chiordi
Last updated on September 30, 2019 by Gia Vescovi-Chiordi

Born in Arizona, Gia is a writer and autodidact who fled the heat of the desert for California, where she enjoys drinking beer, overanalyzing the minutiae of life, and channeling Rick Steves. After arriving in Los Angeles a decade ago, she quickly nabbed a copywriting job at a major clothing company and derived years of editing and proofreading experience from her tenure there, all while sharpening her skills further with myriad freelance projects. In her spare time, she teaches herself French and Italian, has earned an ESL teaching certificate, traveled extensively throughout Europe and the United States, and unashamedly devours television shows and books. The result of these pursuits is expertise in fashion, travel, beauty, literature, textbooks, and pop culture, in addition to whatever obsession consumes her next.


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