While we hear many tell us that shampoo is the devil (me included), they do offer what our strands need...proper cleansing. Shampoo can be harsh on our delicate natural strands. We need the natural oils to keep our hair from becoming hard and brittle and shampoo strips our strands with a vengeance.
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So, what's a natural to do? Enlist in sulfate-free shampoo. Before we dive right into what are the best of the best let's take a look at sulfates, sulfate-free shampoos and why they are attractive to naturals.
What are sulfates?Sulfates are detergents or primary surfactants and the most common ones in shampoo are Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, or Ammonium Laureth Sulfate. They are safe but can be irritating, very drying and can also strip strands of color.
What is a sulfate-free shampoo?Simply put, a sulfate-free shampoo is free of sulfates or primary surfactants but they do cleanse the hair. Sulfate-free shampoos are just milder detergents that don't completely wash away hair's much needed moisture. Most do not lather (but still clean) and are great for 3 & 4 hair textures or color-treated hair. Now, that we know what they are, let's get the good part...the list of the best!
Alikay Naturals Moisturizing Black Soap Shampoo
A brand gaining much popularity in the natural hair world, this sulfate free shampoo cleans and moisturizes at the same time. Made from natural Raw Black Soap it gets down deep into the scalp to remove gunk and buildup. The tropically scented blend contains a natural mix of Coco Seed Powder, Plantain skins, and Tea Tree oil that protects and moisturizes the hair from the scalp to the root.
As I Am Cleansing Pudding Sulfate-Free Moisturizing Cleanser
One of my favorite lines right here! This super popular sulfate-free shampoo contains a special blend of natural ingredients, including saw palmetto and phytosterols, that helps to eliminate DHT build-up from the scalp, and promote healthy hair growth from the follicular level.
Carols Daughter Black Vanilla Sulfate Free Shampoo
An amazing line that continues to be a favorite among naturals, Carol's Daughter has a great sulfate-free shampoo that won't disappoint! It's a color-safe shampoo that cleanses and restores your natural moisture without adding weight to your hair. Aloe Leaf Juice hydrates your hair, while Sweet Clover and Rose Extract give hair healthy shine.
DevaCurl Low-Poo Original Mild Lather Cleanser
A line made for just us curly girls, the DevaCurl Low-Poo cleanser is mild-lathering cleanser. It's made with gentle hops and soothing chamomile that cleans and hydrates the scalp and hair without stripping away the natural oils your curls need.
EDEN BodyWorks Peppermint Tea Tree Shampoo
We all love the power of peppermint and this hard-working shampoo from EDEN BodyWorks does all that it claims! You get a clarifying cleansing shampoo that refreshes the scalp and stimulates the hair follicles while removing dirt and oil build up. Its formulated with pure peppermint botanicals to help alleviate dry, itchy scalp.
Kinky-Curly Come Clean Moisturizing Shampoo
Love, love, LOVE this line and this shampoo gets your hair clean with no issues! It has a specially designed formula with Phytic acid to cleanse your hair of hard-water minerals, Mandarin orange extract to cleanses your hair and scalp while the Sea kelp preserves the moisture balance.
SheaMoisture African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo
A true favorite for ridding hair and scalp of any ailment and product build-up, this hard-working shampoo is perfect for persons suffering from out-of-whack sebum production. The Plantain Enzyme helps to alleviate itchiness and irritation, Tea Tree Oil removes buildup and Willow Bark Extract exfoliates and detoxifies hair and scalp.
SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Shampoo
This shampoo is in my bathroom right now as it is remarkable cleanser for natural hair. It removes product build-up, while infusing hair with moisture, and promotes growth by nourishing and strengthening damaged or chemically processed hair. Lastly, the Apple Cider Vinegar aids in regulating and balancing pH levels on the scalp, while softening hair to promote enhanced growth.
SoCozy Boing Curl Shampoo
This brand is gaining ground with naturals and this shampoo is all about moisture. Boing Curl Shampoo gently cleanses the scalp of dirt and buildup while reinforcing and preserving curls' natural moisture balance which reduces breakage and improves elasticity
Tgin Moisture Rich Sulfate Free Shampoo
Another brand gaining in popularity, TGIN's sulfate-free shampoo smoothes the cuticle surface and leaves hair feeling soft and smooth. Infused with Pro Vitamin B5 for reduced breakage and increased moisture.
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This is by no means the only great sulfate-free shampoos out there for naturals but definitely a list worth checking out. Do you have a favorite sulfate-free shampoo? Share below!