With the summer sun high in the sky and endless beach trips, pool parties and BBQ’s on the horizon, you can do a lot of damage to your hair and scalp. Whether you relax by the pool or take a dip in the ocean, the heat and salt water can strip vital moisture from each follicle causing split ends and dry scalp.
Take care of your hair this summer with these hydrating, sulfate-free shampoos that are not only less damaging and more moisturizing but they are also safe for color-treated hair, making color last longer in between dye jobs. I have been using sulfate-free haircare products for at least 5 years now….if you haven’t already switched over to sulfate-free shampoos, it might be a good idea try one now! Below are 3 of my current favorite sulfate-free picks to keep your hair clean, minus the bad stuff.
And the best part is that all of these shampoos suds up amazingly well so you won’t be sacrificing your lather! The trick to using sulfate-free shampoos is to make sure to wet your hair thoroughly first and then apply the shampoo and add more water as needed for a rich lather.
Teadora Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner
Infused with a unique blend of antioxidants and vitamin-rich Buriti, Açaí and Cupuaçu, the Teadora Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner adds shine and softness while also protecting your hair against UV rays to help prevent split ends. And I love the naturally woodsy, light floral scent that’s so refreshing and awakens your senses for the day ahead! Not only is this sumptuous gentle shampoo free of sulfates but also cruelty-free, 100% vegan, parabens, synthetic fragrance, gluten, and other harsh chemicals. Teadora is available at teadorabeauty.com ($35 for 12 oz)
Just natural Extreme Dry Hair Shampoo and Conditioner
The all-natural sulfate free shampoo restores vital moisture to dry, damaged and brittle hair as natural oils deliver botanical nutrients adding shine, strength and softness. Its chemical-free ingredient list includes a bunch of rejuvenating and moisturizing nutrients including Hemp Seed oil, Daikon Radish Seed oil, Coconut oil, Apricot Kernel oil and Rice and jojoba proteins that help detangle and nourish dry damaged hair while reducing frizz. Free of sulfates, silicones and sodium chloride, the Anti-fade color safe shampoo keeps hair color longer and is gentle enough for daily use. It’s naturally scented with pure Sweet Orange Blossom and other essential oils for a refreshing cleansing experience. The extra nourishing conditioner is formulated with Argan oil, Murumuru butter and Macadamia Nut oils that replenish lost softness to rough, coarse hair while taming frizz. Available at justnaturalskincare.com ($24.99 for 16 oz)
The Honest Company shampoo + body wash and Conditioner
I got this shampoo (from Costco) originally for my 5 year-old daughter and loved it for her so thought of trying it out myself. So glad I did! Infused with jojoba & quinoa proteins, coconut oil, chamomile, calendula & aloe, this is a great, gentle plant-based cleanser that removes dirt without stripping natural oils. Free of sulfates or any harsh chemicals & most common allergens, it’s gentle enough even for babies with sensitive skin and safe for mom’s color-treated hair. It has a fresh smelling sweet orange vanilla scent that’s very light and soothing. As for the conditioner, it’s a lightweight argan-oil and shea butter based formula that leaves hair moisturized, manageable and super soft. Available at Nordstrom.com and honest.com ($9.95 for 8.5 oz)