Sulphates are one of those ingredients that are always in contention — are they as bad for you as many say and what will happen if you cut them out from your hair care routine completely? Well, if one of your BFFs has advised you to not act so “dramatic” and told you that sulphates in products won’t cause you too much harm, we have some news for you. Sulphates are detergents or surfactants that help bind dirt, grime and oil when mixed with water and clean it right off. Found in shampoo, face cleansers, body washes and even toothpaste (!), sulfates are really harsh and can excessively dry out whatever you are cleaning with it (including your skin and hair).

Sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium Laureth sulfate are two additives that can strip your scalp of sebum by generating a rich lather. This gives you the false impression that the products are cleaning your scalp when, in reality, sulphate-free products are equally capable of doing it and are gentle about the process. Sulphates in your hair cleaners will irritate your scalp over time and even lead to breakouts near the hairline.

In our opinion, the cons of sulphates outweigh the pros by a large margin, which is why we like to put our trust in these sulphate-free hair cleansers that help nourish your hair while cleaning it...

 

01. Tresemme Pro Protect Sulphate Free Shampoo and Conditioner

01. Tresemme Pro Protect Sulphate Free Shampoo and Conditioner

The Tresemme Pro Protect Sulphate Free range has been formulated with the goodness of Moroccan argan oil for a hair washing experience that does not strip your scalp of its natural oils. The formula is gentle on your hair, enhances your hair colour’s vibrancy, and helps retain moisture for extra bounce and shine.

 

02. Lever Ayush Thick and Long Growth Shikakai Shampoo

02. Lever Ayush Thick and Long Growth Shikakai Shampoo

All-natural or Ayurvedic formulations are often sulphate-free and use plant-based ingredients to add a cleaning action to hair cleansers. We love the potent blend of Ayurveda’s finest ingredients like shikakai, amla and bhringraj in the Lever Ayush Thick and Long Growth Shikakai Shampoo. Regular use can result in visibly thicker and longer hair, without drying out the scalp.

 

03. Dove Coconut Dry Shampoo

03. Dove Coconut Dry Shampoo

Another effective way to get rid of dirt, oil and grime build-up on your scalp, while cutting down on sulphates in your routine is to alternate with dry shampoo. The Dove Coconut Dry Shampoo helps freshen up your scalp between hair washes while reviving greasy hair with a scent of coconut and sweet lime to tingle your senses!

 

04. TIGI Bed Head Oh Bee Hive Matte Dry Shampoo

04. TIGI Bed Head Oh Bee Hive Matte Dry Shampoo

If you are looking for a multipurpose dry shampoo that not only refreshes your hair but also offers some texture and hold, the TIGI Bed Head Oh Bee Hive Matte Dry Shampoo will come in handy. Formulated with hydrophobically modified cornstarch, the dry shampoo effectively clears grease from your scalp and provides a matte finish even to day-3 hair!