I’m Sold on Sulfate-Free Shampoos

Sulfate-free ShampoosWhen I bought Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo it was on a whim, but when I realized it was a sulfate-free shampoo, I thought, “Great. I’ve always been curious about sulfate-free shampoos.”  I wasn’t quite sure of whether they were something that my hair needed, but I went for it anyway.  And the first few washes went well, but then all of a sudden something was off with my hair.  I ended up deducing that it was the sulfate-free shampoo that I was using.  It just wasn’t cleansing enough for my hair.  So once I finished it, I was through with sulfate-free shampoos…or so I thought.

As luck would have it, I purchased another sulfate-free shampoo by accident: Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Shampoo.  Once I realized that it was sulfate-free, I was a little worried about it throwing my hair off again.  But it wasn’t until I got to the end of the bottle that I began to realize that my hair was doing great with this product.  I used this shampoo almost exclusively for over six months and did not have a single complaint about it.  This prompted me to do a little research on the benefits of using a sulfate-free shampoo. And now I realize this may have been another key component to my length retention over the past few relaxer stretches.  In retrospect, I wish I hadn’t let my opinion of one product spoil my outlook on sulfate-free shampoos in general, but you live and you learn.  If you’ve been on the fence about trying out a sulfate-free shampoo, here’s the tea on why I’m sold!

Why am I into Sulfate-Free Shampoos?

First off, sulfates are very effective cleansers, which is great for removing product buildup and cleaning the scalp.  However, over time they can be too effective at cleansing and dry out your hair strands and follicles.  If you, like me, notice that your hair is having difficulty retaining moisture and is prone to dryness, then you may want to consider using a sulfate-free shampoo as your weekly/bi-weekly shampoo.

Sulfate-free shampoos use milder detergents that gently clean the hair and scalp.  After continued use of a sulfate-free shampoo, you should notice that your hair retains its natural oils and is able to retain moisture better.   But beware because if you sweat a lot and/or have oily hair, then the gentle cleanser in sulfate-free shampoos may not be sufficient to cleanse your scalp.

The Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Shampoo will remain in my arsenal, but now I’m open to trying out other brands as well.

Do you use sulfate-free shampoos? What are your favorite brands?

8 Comments


  1. It may have also worked better because it’s also a clarifying shampoo.


    1. That might be it. But I’m glad I found something with the benefits of a sulfate-free shampoo that works with my hair. I’ll know for sure after I’ve tried some other sulfate-free shampoos.


  2. I am yet to be sold with sulfate free shampoo. I like the creme of nature argan oil one but i dont like the film it leaves on my hair.


    1. Yeah, that doesn’t sound too good. I’ve never had any type of film left on my hair afterwards. My hair just feels dull after a few washes with it. That’s what happened with the Organix one that I tried. It’s funny I tried another sulfate-free shampoo with my last wash day and it left my hair feeling squeaky clean (more so than a regular moisturizing shampoo would). Now I don’t know what to think about these sulfate-free shampoos. I may just have to stick with the Shea Moisture JBCO shampoo and leave these other brands alone for a while. Thanks for your feedback, Sam!


  3. If you shop for the Shea Moisture JBCO shampoo when CVS or Walgreens has a BOGO free, you could get your favorite and also try another Shea Moisture shampoo (all sulfate-free) at no cost. I like the Superfruit shampoo the best.

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