The Best Sulfate-Free Shampoos, According To Dermatologists

Allison Underhill Aug, 03, 2017

This article originally appeared on Health

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To buy: $48;

"Many stylists love sulfate-free products to help protect color treatments, as they tend to be gentler," says Dr. Francis. This sulfate-free wash from Shu Uemura is no exception. It's specifically formulated for color-treated strands, and the rich foam helps prevent color from fading while also balancing the scalp’s natural oils.

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To buy: $17;

Tatiana Slaughter, a hairstylist at Kiss Kiss Bang Bang salon in Carmel, Indiana, loves this sulfate-free formula from Nexxus. It contains white orchid extract to help lock in hair's moisture and keep color-treated strands looking vibrant, even after many washes.

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To buy: $9;

Need a formula that will help nix dry hair? You’re in luck. This super-smooth wash (another one of Slaughter's recommendations) is made specifically for dried-out strands. Thanks to ingredients like sea kelp, argan oil, and shea butter, the formula restores shine and seriously moisturizes hair without the use of sulfates.

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    To buy: $31;

    Protect strands from damaging UV rays with this cleanser. "It's pricey, but I always suggest [this shampoo] for anyone with dry hair," says Slaughter. "It doesn't leave a lot of buildup and detangles hair instead of leaving annoying knots." Six oils—including coconut, argan, and grapeseed—infuse moisture into split ends while also smoothing tangles.

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    To buy: $24;

    A must-have for thick, curly hair, Briogeo's Roscaro Repair shampoo (another pick from Slaughter) utilizes nutrient-rich argan, rosehip, and coconut oils to make hair stronger and supersoft to the touch.

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    To buy: $49;

    Jackie Remos, a hairstylist at Yanni Erbeli Salon in Red Bank, New Jersey, recommends this super-smooth wash since it's sulfate-free, paraben-free, smells great, and will leave strands shiny. Bonus: the formula is packed with antioxidants to prevent your scalp from losing moisture.

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    To buy: $22;

    Have naturally curly hair? This ultra-moisturizing milk cleanser will give you gorgeous, silky waves. Not only is it infused with grapeseed oil, but the added quinoa protein strengthens and protects your hair's natural shine.

    "Curly hair can be hard to treat, because curls need more oil to look bouncy and fresh," explains Slaughter. "I like this formula because it actually gives your hair moisture."

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    To buy: $7;

    Fragile hair has met its match, thanks to this sulfate-free formula from L'Oreal (another one of Slaughter's go-tos). Rosemary leaf helps boost thickness in thin strands, making it stronger and less susceptible to breakage over time.

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    To buy: $21;

    Your dry hair will thank you for choosing this moisturizing mixture. Awapuhi extract balances moisture while also rebuilding damaged strands. "You only need a small drop the size of a dime to make it work," says Slaughter. Also good: it’s gentle enough to use every day.

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    To buy: $6;

    Dr. Jaliman is a big fan of this drugstore staple from Aveeno. She recommends it to balance your hair's moisture levels with each wash, giving it a shiny, healthier appearance. Bonus: it’s wallet-friendly!

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    To buy: $19;

    Another formula designed for color-treated hair, Dr. Jaliman tells us that she loves this gentle cleanser for its ability to purify each strand without stripping color. Plus, the ZeroSulfate formula delivers a rich lather while hydrating from roots to ends.

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    To buy: $7;

    Calm unruly hair and say goodbye to annoying frizz with this deeply moisturizing formula, which is another of Dr. Jaliman's top picks. The lather works well on all hair types, and helps transform dry hair into soft, silky strands.


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