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7 Great Sulfate-Free Shampoos for Your Naturally Curly Hair

By March 31st, 2021No Comments

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7 (PLUS 1) Great Sulfate-Free Shampoos for Your Naturally Curly Hair

by Jacqueline Samarroo

There are plenty of ways to care for your curls, coils, and kinks to keep them looking luscious, strong, and healthy. One thing that’s often recommended is to use sulfate-free shampoos as part of your natural hair care routine. And, it’s pretty good advice!

Why go sulfate-free?

When it comes to natural hair care products, curly girls often see “sulfate” as a really bad word. The thing with sulfates is that they are good at deep cleaning but they strip hair of its natural oils. The effect is even worse on curly hair.

Black hair comes in a wide variety of gorgeous textures. Thanks to the shape of its follicles and how its keratin proteins bond, however, it is naturally drier and more fragile than straight hair. It needs those natural oils to keep it hydrated, moisturized, and strong.

Good choices of sulfate-free shampoo for curly haircare will have hydrating and moisturizing ingredients to deliver water into cells and help lock in that moisture. Look for ones with butters (such as cocoa butter and mango butter); natural oils (such as coconut oil and avocado oil); and glycerin (sometimes called glycerol).

Top 7 Picks: Sulfate-Free Shampoos for Natural Curly Hair

BEST FOR BETWEEN PROTECTIVE STYLINGS

Alikay Naturals Moisturizing Black Soap Shampoo

This is a clarifying shampoo so expect it to deep clean your hair, getting rid of built-up dirt and grease. It’s made from raw Black soap and includes plantain skins, cocoa seed powder, and tea tree oil, helping it to effectively moisturize hair as it cleans.

BEST FOR VERY DRY HAIR

Carol’s Daughter Coco Creme Sulfate Free Shampoo

Coconut oil and mango butter help to hydrate, moisturize, and soften curly hair, defining individual curls and giving them back their bounce. This shampoo is actually part of the Carol’s Daughter Coco Crème System which also includes a conditioner and velvet cream hair mask.

BEST FOR DRY, DAMAGED HAIR

Kinky-Curly Come Clean Moisturizing Shampoo

This shampoo lives up to its name. It’s great for kinky, curly hair and moisturizes your hair while helping it to “come clean” from built-up gunk. While it works really well at restoring dry and damaged hair, it is still gentle enough for everyday use.

BEST FOR FRIZZ-FREE HAIR

Garnier Curl Nourish Sulfate-Free and Silicone-Free Shampoo

Garnier Curl Nourish Sulfate-Free and Silicone-Free ShampooGarnier Curl Nourish Shampoo is sulfate-free, paraben-free, and silicone-free – leaving plenty of room for the GOOD stuff! Its formula includes glycerin, coconut oil, and citrus protein, as well as vitamins B3 and B6. It works overtime at smoothing hair and taming frizz.

BEST FOR CURL DEFINITION

Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Defrizzing Shampoo

Defrizzing and curl definition is the name of the game with this shampoo that’s specifically designed for all types of curly hair. Its ingredients include glycerin for moisture with both shea butter and murumuru butter to soften hair and smooth hair cuticle.
Herbal Essences Honey & Vitamin B Shampoo and Conditioner Set

BEST FOR COLOR-TREATED HAIR

Herbal Essences Honey & Vitamin B Shampoo and Conditioner Set

Honey, jasmine, vanilla, vitamin B, glycerin, and real botanicals (endorsed by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew) come together in a formula that deeply but gently cleanses hair. If you have color-treated hair, it will protect your color while moisturizing your curls.
SheaMoisture Moisture Retention Shampoo

BEST FOR OVERPROCESSED, TRANSITIONING HAIR

SheaMoisture Moisture Retention Shampoo

If you’ve processed your hair before and are now looking to join the natural hair movement – welcome! This shea butter and aloe vera leaf juice shampoo works to repair and strengthen damaged hair. It also comes in an Extra Moisture version.
Our Plus 1 pick of sulfate-free shampoo for natural curly hair is an all-rounder that works really well with all types of hair.

BONUS +1 !!!

BEST FOR ALL HAIR TYPES

Mixed Chicks Sulfate Free Shampoo

Contains sweet almond, sesame, avocado, and olive oils each doing its part to help this shampoo strengthen, soften, and moisturize hair while nourishing it. It also contains panthenol (a provitamin of B5) and pH-balancing aloe vera. Use on coily, curly, straight, kinky, color-treated, and chemical-treated hair.

What’s your favorite sulfate-free shampoo?! 

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