Pros, cons, who suits and how to choose the right sulfate-free shampoo.

There are a lot of myths around sulfate-free shampoos. We've sorted it all out and compiled a list of the best professional products for you.

Sulfate-free shampoo - what does it mean?

To make it clearer what is the difference between sulfate-free shampoos and regular shampoos, it is necessary to explain what function sulfates perform in cleansers. Sulphates are surfactants, which are s alts of sulfuric acid.Adding sulfates to shampoos began in the 20th century. The component is not expensive, but the effect is instant: just apply this shampoo to your hair, add water and massage your head a little - and you get a voluminous foam that quickly washes away all impurities.

There is only one minus of shampoos with sulfates: over time, the hair structure and the hydrolipidic layer of the scalp are damaged. As a result, the hair becomes thin and weakened.

Sulfate-free shampoo is the best choice for washing your hair if you care about their beauty and he alth.


So, as the name implies, there are no sulfates in sulfate-free shampoos. Hair cleansing occurs due to the action of natural ingredients, soft and delicate. These products are great for daily shampooing. Nothing threatens the hair.

What's different from the usual?

Sulfate-free shampoos have a cumulative effect, as natural ingredients act gradually. You can see the effect of their use only after a systemic and fairly long-term use. To improve the condition of damaged hair, you will have to be patient: the first visible result will appear after a month of use.

How does it work?

There will be no effect from a single application - it takes time for the scalp to “rebuild” for sulfate-free care. In the first days, you may notice that your hair is no longer shiny as it used to be. But don't worry, this is temporary. As your hair and scalp adjust to the new safe care routine, everything will be back to normal.


Sulfate-free shampoo has many benefits.

  • It does not destroy the hydro-lipid layer of the skin.

  • Keeps water balance.

  • Does not damage the hair structure.

  • Does not contribute to the section, as the cuticle is not injured during washing.

  • Sulfate-free shampoos won't remove color pigments from hair, making them perfect for those who love color.

  • Furthermore, some sulfate-free shampoos can neutralize yellowness or brighten the resulting color.


Sulfate-free shampoos also have disadvantages.

  • They form a minimum of foam, so this shampoo has more consumption.

  • They don't completely wash off styling products, or rather, the silicone they contain.

  • So if you're using hairspray, mousse, or styling foam, you'll need to wash it out with your regular sulphate shampoo.

  • Sulfate-free shampoos do not add volume to hair - on the contrary, they make it softer and smoother.

  • Many sulfate-free shampoos recommend refrigeration. Before use, first warm the product in the palms of your hands, and then distribute it through your hair.

What is sulfate-free shampoo for and who is it for?

Sulfate-free shampoo is useful for girls who often wash their hair and do not want to expose it to strong aggressive effects. In addition, sulfate-free shampoo is indicated after the following procedures:

  • keratin hair straightening. Since sulfate-free shampoos do not contain ingredients that open hair scales, they do not reduce the effect of the procedure, but, on the contrary, prolong it;
  • hair botox. The same thing happens after the hair botox treatment. Sulfate-free shampoos can extend the effect of such a procedure up to 6 months.

Sulfate-free shampoo should also be used by owners of sensitive scalp, for colored, porous and damaged hair.

How to choose the best sulfate-free shampoo?

Sulfate free shampoo suitable for all hair types.

For greasy hair

If you have oily hair, choose a sulfate-free shampoo designed specifically for this type of hair. It is designed to regulate the sebaceous glands. The effect of this shampoo is cumulative: you will not see the result immediately, but after a month of use, you will notice that the hair does not get greasy so quickly.

For colored hair

All sulfate-free shampoos are suitable for colored hair, because during washing they do not open the hair scales and do not wash out the coloring pigment. If you color often, you should definitely switch to sulfate-free shampoos.

For dry and damaged hair

For thin, dry and damaged hair, sulfate-free shampoos are just what the doctor (trichologist) ordered. They do not destroy the structure of the hair, do not thin them, but, on the contrary, restore and heal.

For sensitive scalp

Sulfates have a negative effect on the scalp, thinning its hydrolipidic layer. Sulfate-free shampoos do not. Moreover, they restore the moisture balance of the skin.

Application Features

The only thing about sulfate free shampoos is that they don't lather well. You will not get such a voluminous foam as when using shampoo with sulfates, but this should not scare you: the hair will still become clean. But for one washing session, you will need more shampoo, so be prepared for the fact that sulfate-free shampoo will be used up faster than shampoo with sulfates.

List of professional shampoos without sulfates and parabens

We have prepared our rating of professional sulfate-free shampoos and compiled a short list of the best for you.

  • Botanicals Sulfate-Free Shampoo, L'Oréal Paris

    Shampoo contains only natural ingredients - coriander, coconut and soybean seed oils. What is definitely not on the list of ingredients is silicones, parabens and dyes. Even the packaging of this shampoo is eco-friendly: it is made from recycled materials. As a result of the systemic use of shampoo for a month, the hair becomes denser and smoother, and the ends stop splitting.

  • Sulfate free shampoo Elseve Low, L'Oréal Paris

    This shampoo is suitable for girls with dyed hair who often change their hair color, which makes them look weak and dry. The shampoo protects the pigment from washing out and cares for brittle hair, as it contains flax oil. The product with a creamy texture on the hair does not foam, but do not be afraid: the hair will still be clean.

  • Sulfate free shampoo Dercos, Vichy

    An option for those with sensitive scalp. Shampoo with a gel texture soothes itching, eliminates discomfort and restores the barrier function of the skin. The composition of the hypoallergenic product does not contain parabens and silicones. This shampoo is not suitable for dry hair, but for normal and oily hair, this choice is just right.