Before we came around to becoming increasingly aware about reading labels bottles, it was a simpler notion of ‘the more bubbles the better’ that gave a shampoo or conditioner its appeal. Whilst we all love a satisfying lather, the commonly-found chemical, sulphate, which gives the shampoo its frothy foam, has received a bad rap in the beauty industry in recent years.
Essentially, sulphates are the sudsy detergents that give you squeaky-clean strands. Although they are great for dissolving grime and product build-up from residual styling gels, hairsprays and dry shampoos, they can unfortunately be pretty irritating to the scalp.If over-used, sulphates can strip away your natural oils, hair colour and exaggerate existing sensitive scalp conditions like psoriasis, dandruff and eczema, which in turn can cause hair loss and thinning.
Does that mean you should rule out the soapy ingredient altogether? The overall verdict is that sulphates are not all that bad for a clarifying hair cleanse but the general consensus is to err on the side of caution and opt for sulphate-free formulas for more frequent washes that are gentler on the scalp.
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The brand is a ‘6-free hair care’ which means all formulas are free from sulphates, parabens, phthalates, silicones, DEA and synthetic colour to give you natural and effective solutions on hair care and texture-specific concerns.
From Dhs95, Sephora
2| Ouai Dry Shampoo Foam
All the foam but none of the suds that excessively strip away nutrients from hair. Refresh and restyle your strands with the waterless cleansing mousse. Not only does it have a sulphates and paraben-free formula but unlike traditional dry shampoos this one doesn’t leave a white cast or powdery residue when cleansing hair. Just massage in a dollop to remove excess oils and product build-up.
3| Kevin Murphy Blonde. Angel Wash and Treatment
The Australian haircare brand is widely known for its paraben, sulphate and cruelty-free line that delivers serious strength and longevity to your lovely locks, using the highest quality ingredients to keep your hair at its healthiest and best. The Blonde. Angel duo is perfect for those who want to keep brassy tones at bay and revive the vibrancy of dry and brittle colour-treated hair.
Dhs115 for Wash and Dhs170 for Treatment, available across Marquee Salons
4| Rahua Voluminous Shampoo and Conditioner
The 100% plant-derived, organic shampoo and conditioner reigns from the rainforests in the Amazon to bring you sulphate-free body and bounce in a bottle with this volumizing hair duo. Not only does it smell incredible, it’s bursting with organic, natural and pure ingredients that even work well on colour-treated hair.
Shampoo Dhs235 and Conditioner Dh250, Ounass
5| Oribe Gold Lust Repair & Restore Shampoo and Transformative Masque
A hair-repair, sulphate-free duo to lap on to your locks for a well-hydrated, balanced and lustrous gloss. While it nourishes, repairs and fortifies, the formula doesn’t weigh hair down. It’s also safe for colour and keratin treated tresses.
Shampoo Dhs235 and Transformative Masque Dh275, Powder.ae
6| Function of Beauty
A bespoke range of haircare products personalised to your hair goals. Vetted by Kim Kardashian-West and influencer Lailli Mirza for its customisable, sulphate-free formulas that suit your unique hair type and needs.
Prices start from Dhs95, Functionofbeauty.com
The brand currently offers seven shampoos formulated without sulphates. Choose from Invati Advanced™ Exfoliating Shampoo, Invati Men™ Nourishing Exfoliating Shampoo, Scalp Benefits™ Balancing Shampoo, Damage Remedy™ Restructuring Shampoo, Dry Remedy™ Moisturising Shampoo, Be Curly™ Co-Wash and Men’s Pure-formance™ Shampoo.
Prices start from Dhs39, Aveda