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The Best Sulfate-Free Shampoo for Smooth, Shiny Hair

Healthier hair is just a rinse away.

Does your head spin when you consider all the options you’re bombarded with for just one simple, everyday beauty product? Are you better off with a shampoo that targets your hair type—curly or natural? Should you go with one that’s made for a specific issue—hair growth or beautifying grays. Or, is it best to try for a certain type of formula, like sulfate-free?

If your hair is brittle and could use some moisture, you may want to consider that sulfate-free option. Sulfate-free shampoos differ from conventional formulas, because they don’t contain, well, sulfates—harsh cleaning ingredients that can strip the scalp and hair of its natural oils, says Fae Norris, a stylist at Neighborhood Salon in Echo Park, California. They’re also gentler on color-treated hair, perms, and straightening treatments like Keratin.

Whether you have dry, dandruff-prone, fine, oily, curly, or color-treated hair, here are the best sulfate-free shampoos to suit your strands.

Check out Blo Blow Dry Bar on Slide 8 & Slide 9:

UNITE 7Seconds Shampoo
“This pH-balancing shampoo is made for all hair types, says Savannah Fincher, a licensed hairstylist and corporate educator at Blo Blow Dry Bar. It contains moringa seed extract, a sort of miracle worker that locks in color, repels dirt, and hydrates and detoxifies hair and skin. Anyone who frequently uses styling tools will love that this shampoo works overtime to provide thermal protection, too.”

Color Wow Security Shampoo
“This sulfate-free shampoo is made without the typical ingredients found in most that make hair dull, negatively affect the tone and color of hair, or cause thinning or loss, says Fincher. The no-residue formula is also great for hair extensions.”

O The Oprah Magazine, August 28, 2019
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