Sulfate Free Shampoos to Protect Your Hair

In recent years, you’ve likely heard a lot of talk about the harsh effects of sulfates in beauty products like shampoos. Though there are no scientific studies to back up the notion that sulfates cause cancer, these chemicals can wreak havoc on your hair. Sulfates in shampoo have been proven to lead to skin irritation and can make you more prone to having an allergic reaction, such as a rash. So, if you have sensitive skin or are just looking for a gentle cleansing alternative, consider adopting a sulfate free shampoo into your shower routine. Check out some of our favourite options below.

Kérastase Reflection Sulfate Free Shampoo for Color-Treated Hair

French luxury brand Kérastase has a whole line of sulfate free shampoos that are guaranteed to protect your hair while also maintaining its shine. One of the best products in its line is the Reflection Shampoo for Color-Treated Hair. If you are someone who lives at the salon and loves experimenting with new hues, consider this product, dedicated to preserving hair colour. It also prevents fading through its anti-deposit formula.

Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Shampoo

Bumble and Bumble is one of our favourite cruelty-free brands on the market, and its Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Shampoo is no joke. Not only was it on Esquire’s 2018 list of Top 10 Shampoos, but it’s also alcohol free and sulfate free. Ideal for all hair types, this multitasking product comprises six different oils which together work to hydrate, de-frizz, detangle, and smooth hair. Plus, it helps protect against breakage and the sun’s harsh UV rays, and it works well for colour treated hair.

Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-exfoliating Shampoo

Briogeo’s Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Shampoo is a truly amazing product. Unlike your typical shampoo that generally sticks to cleansing and smoothing hair, Briogeo’s magical (not to mention natural!) concoction actually works to detoxify and exfoliate your scalp. And although this product works wonders for someone with dandruff, don’t think that having flaky skin is a requirement. In fact, this shampoo is perfect for wintertime in general when your skin is drier than normal and in dire need of some gentle exfoliation. More than coconut oil and binchotan charcoal, this shampoo is packed with tea tree oil, peppermint and spearmint oils, and micro-exfoliators derived from vegetables to create one clean, green, and sulfate free shampoo.

Alterna Haircare Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Shampoo

Yes, anti-aging shampoo really exists and yes, Alterna Haircare’s Caviar line has some of the most luxurious sulfate free products out there. As the name suggests, this shampoo is infused with pure caviar extract, which contains everything from omega 3 fatty acids to minerals and vitamins A, C, and D. These properties target and work to reverse signs of aging in hair that can cause it to lose moisture and become brittle. Each bottle uses caviar sourced sustainably from a farm in France.

Living Proof Restore Shampoo

Living Proof’s Restore Shampoo is a major life saver when it comes to the ailments that typically plague winter hair — dryness, dullness, and split ends. Specifically designed to target dry, damaged hair, this sulfate, paraben, and silicone free shampoo won’t strip your hair, but instead will leave it hydrated and nourished. Furthermore, this product uses Living Proof’s patented conditioning agents to not only reverse damage, but also provide protection from dirt and oil to keep hair healthy longer.

Emily Southey
Emily Southey is a freelance writer from Vancouver. Currently based in Toronto, it was during her time studying History and English at McGill and University College London that she became interested in writing. When she's not working, you can typically find her in a museum, baking cupcakes, watching Disney musicals, or Instagramming her new favourite coffee spot.