Sulphate Free Shampoo, should you be using one?

There’s always been a little bit of buzz around sulphate free shampoos in the beauty biz, especially amongst those who go for regular brazillian blowdrys or keratin treatments. Lately though they have been getting a lot more airtime, and for quite a few different reasons. If you aren’t sure what a sulphate free shampoo is or how it could improve the condition of your hair then this post is for you! Plus I have two brands that I’ve been trying out that I’m going to share with you aaaand there’s a giveaway!

Before we get into why a sulphate free shampoo is said to be better for your hair, lets chat about what sulphates actually are. Sulphates are a stock standard ingredient in majority of shampoos and household cleaning products, give shampoos the ability to lather and foam, and they are excellent surfactants. Hold up, what’s a surfactant?! Basically, a surfactant is a group of molecules that can attract both water and oil. This means that when they are in a cleaning agent, body wash or shampoo, the product can remove the dirt and oil from your skin or the surface being cleaned.

So where does the problem come in? Why are so many people going the sulphate free shampoo route these days? Quite simply, sulphates are very harsh and can cause irritation, dehydration and many people claim that it strips their colour. If you have a particularly sensitive scalp or have very dry hair, switching to a sulphate shampoo may actually do the world of good for you! In fact when I ran a poll on Facebook and Instagram, many of you commented and said that you found that shampoos with sulphates in, damaging to your hair.

There is no shortage on our shopping market shelves when it comes to sulphate free shampoos, I think that we aren’t used to reading labels and so we assume that sulphate free shampoos are more difficult to come across. Recently I tried two different brands and want to share them with you because they are actually quite different.

First up are the L’Oréal Elvive Low Shampoos (R99.95). Launched in January, these affordable shampoos contain no sulphates and gently cleanse the hair. It took me a little while to get used to the Elvive Low Shampoos as they do not foam, at all. You dispense some product into your hand, apply it to your hair and then leave it for 2-3 minutes. The first time that I used these sulphate free shampoos it didn’t feel like it was going to cleanse my hair at all, but I was so suprised! My hair was wonderfully clean, not at all stripped and felt super soft when it was dry. I tried two variants:

  • Elvive Extraordinary Oil: Made specifically for those with very dry or fragile hair, this zero sulphate shampoo smells heavenly! The formulation is gentle and is infused with the original Extraordinary Oils blend of precious oils to help keep your hair looking less frizzy and more fabulous.
  • Elvive Colour Protect: If you have colour treated hair, you know by now that you need to take extra care of your locks, the Colour Protect Low Shampoo contains Linseed Oil Extract to do just that.

Also good to know that there is a hair mask and conditioner available in this range.

The second brand that I tried is Naturals Beauty. They just recently launched a shampoo and conditioner, both of which are sulphate and paraben free, plus they have no artificial fragrances or mineral oils. As a brand, Naturals Beauty prides itself on creating products using natural ingredients, and organic wherever possible. Every product is handmade and is cruelty free and locally made.

  • Shampoo (R133): Even though this shampoo is sulphate free, it foams up with the second cleanse, so if you miss the lathering action from your regular shampoo, this might be an option for you. It also has the most incredibly clean, fresh scent thanks to spearmint and rosemary oil.
  • Conditioner (R133): I am used to quite a thick conditioner, but even though this one’s consistency is on the thinner side, it still packs a punch. Like the shampoo, it contains essential oils to give it a great aroma.

I’ve been using sulphate free shampoos for a good month now and I have to admit, I have noticed a change in my hair; it doesn’t look or feel as damaged, it is definitely more nourished and there is a lot less frizz. Will I only use sulphate free shampoo from now on? Probably not. But I will make a point of using sulphate free products every other wash to minimise damage to my hair.

Keen on starting your own sulphate free journey? I have a hamper of products to give away to one lucky reader. All you need to do is enter via the Rafflecopter widget below.

Included in the hamper: 1 x L’Oréal Elvive Extraordinary Oils Low Shampoo, 1 x L’Oréal Elvive Colour Protect Low Shampoo, 1 x Naturals Beauty Shampoo, 1 x Naturals Beauty Conditioner.

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  • Reply
    Depashni Marie
    May 28, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    I have heard only good things about sulphate free shampoo…but I have not tried it as yet…I would love to win this awesome prize so I can test it out on my hair.

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    Imka Webb
    May 28, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    I don’t use any sulphate-free shampoo at the moment, but with the state my hair is currently in, it’s perhaps worth it to try 🙂

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    Carinda vd Merwe
    May 28, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    Thank you for the lovely read, gave me something to think about.

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    May 28, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    I have tried two different sulphate free shampoos a few years back when I had a Brazilian blowwave. The SP salon professional and the Brazilian cacao I really loved the later and used it for a while after. But have not for ages my hubby actually brought this up yesterday that we need to find more affordable brand as he misses using them and these look great to try.

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    May 28, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    I am currently using a shampoo called Pureology which is sulphate free

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    Ronnae Elliott
    May 28, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    I love Marc Anthony hair products. It is sulphate free.

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    Dawn Clarke
    May 28, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    I’m using Nu-Hair Treatment shampoo and conditioner but I prefer Mark Anthony

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    Natasha Joao
    May 28, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    I’ve been using a sulphate free shampoo and conditioner since my Brazilian hair treatment. I really love the products and do agree that there are so many more affordable options available now.

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    May 28, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    I have never used a sulphate free shampoo and conditioner and have only heard good things about it. I hope that I win this giveaway so that I can finally try it out. And what amazing brands!

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    Nicolette Heyns
    May 28, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    Oh I would love to try these out especially with my terribly dry post partum and pre postpartum hair ( 20 weeks preggie) ❤

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    May 28, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    I have heard so many side effects of “normal” shampoo and why it is better to use paraben and sulfate free. However, its sad that it is so much more expensive. Would love to try it and see if it is worth the money.

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    May 28, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    I hace unfortunately not used a sulphate free shampoo and conditioner yet.

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    May 28, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    Used Marc Anthony and it is so good for my hair!

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    May 28, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    I always use the L’Oréal Elvive Extraordinary Oils shampoo and conditioner and my ajor always feels amazing but this blog post has given me something to think about and something I should try, I mean it could only better my hair, right? Your blog posts are always so insightful and helpful, thanks for going the extra mile for us readers 🙂

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    May 28, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    Actually just read about going sulphate free on the Beauty Swop or Sale SA facebook page where someone said that going sulphate free actually made her hair healthier and stronger. Would love to actually try out these, unfortunately i am the type to buy the cheapest bottle of shampoo and conditioner and i clearly need to start looking after my hair more.

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    Nadia Hall
    May 28, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    I’ve nrver tried sulphate free shampoo but I’d love to try it out as my hair isn’t looking very healthy lately 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️

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    Danica van Zyl
    May 28, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    Sulphate Free has proven to make a huge difference for me and my daughter especially with curly hair. We are using Hask currently available at Clicks stores

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    May 28, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    I have tried sulphate free shamphoo way back when but wasn’t too impressed. Must say it was a cheapish brand so keen to try it again.

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    Genevieve Hornby
    May 28, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    I have actually learned something today. This is an interesting read.

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    Genevieve Hornby
    May 28, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    I have actually learned something today reading this!

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    May 28, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    Oh so exciting, would love to try these out!

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    May 28, 2018 at 11:34 pm

    No, I do not use a sulfate free shampoo.

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    May 29, 2018 at 8:10 am

    I don’t, would like to give it a try!

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    May 29, 2018 at 8:27 am

    Have used both sulfate and sulfate free. For those with dry and damaged hair like myself using a sulfate free shampoo is really beneficial as it reduces dryness and frizz.

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    May 29, 2018 at 9:04 am

    I do. I use Palmers at the moment

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    May 29, 2018 at 9:15 am

    Wow, thanksgiving for the info…..really informative!

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    May 29, 2018 at 9:29 am

    Yes, I use two really nice ones. One called ‘Nu’ I think and I have no idea of the other one’s name. It’s from my hairdresser.
    Very keen to try these!!!

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    Bev Oelofse
    May 29, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Wow this shampoo sounds really nice. Would love to try it

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    Anusha Naidoo
    May 29, 2018 at 10:03 am

    A absolutely informative and enlightening read. Thank you.

    Yes I do use a Marc Anthony Shampoo …The Thick and Full Coconut Milk Volume Shampoo
    Which is Sulphate Free especially as I had a Brazilian blowout and it requires me to use sulphate free shampoo.
    Thank you for a absolutely wonderful giveaway

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    Nirisa Govender
    May 29, 2018 at 10:15 am

    I really want to try these products please to treatmy long hair.

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    Ling Sheperd
    May 29, 2018 at 10:15 am

    Yes I have, leaves one with a soft sheen

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    May 29, 2018 at 11:02 am

    I’ve used sulfate-free products before when I had funky hair colors. I haven’t used it in a while though.

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    May 29, 2018 at 11:19 am

    I don’t use Sulphate Free shampoo at the moment but after reading up on it this is definitely the way to go

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    Losh Don Kisten
    May 29, 2018 at 11:24 am

    Actually I dont use sulphate free shampoo – read your your write up and found it interesting

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    Firdous Fernold
    May 29, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    I have always been interested in buying sulfate shampoo for my natural curly hair but never pick the right shampoo and conditioner

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    May 29, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    Thanks for the information. I didn’t know all these shampoos exist 👌

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    Naomey Lottering
    May 29, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    I’ve always just used kérastase. I buy it because it lasts long and I don’t have to use a lot at a time. It has the most luxurious smell and feel.

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    Lesna Saayman
    May 30, 2018 at 5:54 am

    I would love to dry this shampoo. My hair is very dry at the moment and nothing seems to work.

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    Sabine Palfi
    May 30, 2018 at 7:40 am

    Have never tried one!

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    May 30, 2018 at 8:14 am

    Love the packaging of the Natural Beauty one!

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    Tania Brewis
    May 30, 2018 at 9:00 am

    I have not yet tried it but would luv to!

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    Jackie Katzen
    May 30, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    I have used Marc Anthony sulphate free, its quite a nice shampoo and often on special at Dischem

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    Tyla Gunning
    May 30, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    Since my hair is very blonde and i put highlights in every now and then i should definitely consider sulphate free shampoos because i do NOT want my colour to be stripped! After reading this post i also told my mom and she agrees and next time we go shopping will show some sulphate free shampoo in and give it a go! Love these informative blog posts!

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    Gillian Hattingh
    May 30, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    Haven’t tried sulphate free.. the closest I have tried is the Tresemme Naturals range. If it keeps my oily hair cleaner for longer I am keen to try it.

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    Nomthi Mabawula
    May 30, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    Currently I am using the Aunt Jackie’s hair range. I find their products are nourishing and offer really good treatment for my natural hair.

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    May 31, 2018 at 12:01 am

    Interesting, i don’t know if mine are sulphate free or not..

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    Jessica Miller
    May 31, 2018 at 3:15 am

    I use Aveeno right now.

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    May 31, 2018 at 7:20 am

    I use Shea’s moisture which is sulphate free

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    Jessica Gipson
    May 31, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    I have done my research and will start using sulphate free shampoo in the future, just not sure which one.

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    June 1, 2018 at 5:23 am

    I had no idea what a sulphate – free shampoo was, so thank you for the info! I haven’t used a sulphate-free shampoo before, as far as I know, but I’d like to try it. I love the sound of the more natural shampoo with the essential oils. I’ll look out for it!

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    Raeesa Setar
    June 1, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    I’ve never used a sulphate free shampo before but my brother is always harping on about why I should start! This would be so great to win ❤

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    Cassandra D
    June 3, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    I do not use a sulphate free shampoo. I like the Naturals Beauty one.

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    Debbie Walton
    June 3, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    I’ve been using sulphate-free shampoos for years. My kids and my even my husband now only use them. I’m a huge fan of Naturals Beauty too so can’t wait to try their new shampoo and conditioner. Loved reading this post. Thank you!

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