Switch To Sulfate-Free Shampoo & Avoid Coarse Hair

Writer: Farah Karim

Ever scanned the ingredient list on a bottle of shampoo? There are sooo many hard-to-pronounce terms on the label that even reading it can cause a major headache! However, there’s one ingredient in particular that can cause a stir: sulfates.

According to Shani Francis, a board-certified dermatologist and hair loss specialist, she says that “Sulfates are harsh chemicals in many personal health products that are used primarily as foam makers and cleaning agents”. But what exactly are they?

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Labeled as sodium lauryl sulfate or sodium laureth sulfate, it’s used to help de-grease strands, dissolve oil and give the shampoo the foamy quality that we’re all familiar with, BUT sulfates are drying to the hair. In extreme cases, they might even irritate the scalp and damage hair cuticles. Ouch!

However, even if sulfates are bad for you, maybe it’s not bad for everyone. If your hair is on the oily side and requires daily washing, then any regular shampoo is fine. But, if you have naturally damaged or dry hair from using heat on a daily basis, then a sulphate-free shampoo is a good idea to add into your regime.

If you’re wondering where to start, then look no more because we’ve listed down some products that are sulphate-free!

Naturals by Watsons

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Packed with Vitamin E and essential fatty acids to treat split ends and tame frizzy hair, Naturals by Watson’s Argan Shampoo is a bottle that is both worth your money and provides a gentle touch to the hair. Not only that, but it also contains Argan oil. Known as ‘liquid gold’, this organic product makes hair more manageable and adds a healthy shine to it.

Price: RM22.50


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While a bit pricey, OGX’s Nourishing Coconut Milk Shampoo is one of the best in the market. According to reviews, they give just the right amount of moisture at the bottom while keeping the scalp oil-free. Balanced with a blend of coconut milk, oil and egg white proteins, this shampoo will strengthen and hydrate your hair while leaving it super soft and glowing.

Price: RM47.50

Herbal Essences bio:renew by Herbal Essences

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The new line by Herbal Essences focuses on excluding over 1,300 ingredients from beauty and personal care products. If you’re concerned with having dry and frizzy hair, Herbal Essences bio:renew Moisture with Rosemary and Herbs is just the right shampoo for you. Infused with herbs, clean mint and sandalwood, it doesn’t just smell good but also works wonders on your locks.

Price: RM27.90

Good Virtues Co

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Happiness can be found in the little things in life. Infused with Organic Habbatus Sauda Oil (Organic Black Seed Oil), Good Virtues Co’s Happy Hair & Scalp Shampoo hydrates for softer, smoother and shinier hair. The protective formula also comes with natural Maca Root extracts that strengthens the hair follicles!

Price: RM25.10