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2 Feb

What Is Sulfate Free Shampoo?

Do you ever wonder why your hair itches after you freshly washed it the night before? Or why your fresh hair colour keeps fading after just three washes? Or why no matter what you use to smooth out your curls it still looks like a frizzy mess? Or even though you keep shampooing your hair, it still feels limp and lifeless and even more prone to breakage? The cause of all these peculiar things may be due to the kind of shampoo that you are using. And it may come down to one particular ingredient in them for that matter called Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate or just Sulfate for short. You’ll soon discover why sulfate free shampoo will be your new best friend.

You may have heard the term “sulfate” thrown around often and advertised frequently, but not actually know what the word means. What is sulfate you may ask? Sulfates are additives used to cleanse the hair and scalp by lifting the dirt, grit and grime off the surface of the hair as well as the scalp. This is what makes the bubbles and suds appear in your shampoo to give us that squeaky clean fresh feeling, and therefore is one of the distinct things that differentiates itself from the trusty old conditioner.  Too much sulfate can be quite damaging to your hair and your skin if you are:

  • prone to skin or scalp sensitivity
  • have coloured hair
  • have coarse hair
  • have dry and damaged hair
  • have curly hair

However, sulfates in moderation are fine. As long as you use a small amount of shampoo, no more than a 20 cent piece depending on how long and thick your hair is. So, if you have a lob, a bob or pixie cut kind of hairstyle use a little bit less than of a 20 cent coin. And without further ado for the few of you who have any of the above issues please read on below to see what sulfate free shampoo will suit you best to give your hair the lustre and health that it deserves.

Sulfate Free Shampoo For COLOURED HAIR

If you have coloured hair then use this sulphate free shampoo to protect your newly coloured tresses to make that colour last longer with every wash.

18 in 1 nourishing shampoo is  Australian owned and made and above all else cruelty-free. As the name of the bottle states, this bottle has 18 attributes of revitalising and replenishing qualities for your hair just in one sweet bottle. This will keep your hair looking good as new to feel like an intense wash but still maintain the vibrancy of the colour.



Vitafive CPR Colour Anti- Fade Shampoo will be your best friend in the shower for the frequent hair dyer of the family. This shampoo extends the vivacity and life of the colour with its anti-fading properties due to the advanced UVA and UVB sun protection in the formulation. Vitafive CPR Colour Anti Fade shampoo repairs the hair and cuticle from damage caused by the sun by shielding, stabilising and securing colour whilst binding moisture deep inside hair for the longlasting condition, softness and shine. The shampoo is also safe for keratin straightening, hair extensions and is Australian made.

Sulfate Free Shampoo For DAMAGED HAIR

For sufferers of dry and damaged hair, these sulfate free shampoos are the ones for you.

SO (Salon Only) Repairing Shampoo works on multidimensional levels to penetrate into the hair cuticle and all areas of the hair cortex treating and restructuring stressed and damaged hair. The sulfate free and paraben free shampoo contains ingredients of Australian native Quandong and Kakadu Plum extracts which contain a potent combination of Vitamin C and antioxidants in repairing and restoring hair smoothness, extra elasticity, nourishing dryness and shine to damaged and coloured hair all the while gently cleansing it. Leaving the hair feeling softer, brighter and healthier, this product is also proudly Australian made and owned.

Vitafive CPR Nourish Hydrasoft Shampoo hydrates soften and repairs dry, damaged, dull and brittle hair. Essential proteins and moisture are used to replenish and repair the hair. The product is a professional strength formulation that restores hair to become conditioned, shiny, beautiful and strong. The shampoo is safe to be used on keratin straightened hair or hair extensions and is also Australian made and cruelty-free.

Sulfate Free Shampoo For DRY and COARSE HAIR

If you can’t help it and are just simply born with these types of genetics of coarse hair, then use this sulfate free shampoo for the beauties that have coarse and dry hair.

Macadamia Ultra Rich Shampoo replenishes the moisture back into the hair. It also offers superior hydration to the hair and scalp and smoothes the hair cuticle, reducing frizz. This sulfate free shampoo is ideal for coarser hair textures because of the high-quality ingredients in this bottle containing exclusive Pro Oil Complexes of both Macadamia and Argan Oils that help strengthen and repair whilst richer Mongongo Oil provides super hydration and frizz control to support the natural curl pattern for the texture of the hair.


Babybliss Pro Argan Oil Repair Shampoo is ideal for coarse hair. This gentle shampoo rejuvenates and restores moisture levels and repairs the damage caused by chemicals, excessive heat styling and the environment that give you dry and unmanageable hair. Sulfate, phosphate and paraben free; this shampoo is safe for chemically and colour treated hair, too. Add volume, improve shine and manageability with this product to replenish the hair.

Sulfate Free Shampoo For THIN HAIR

Give back to lifeless, fine and limp hair by using either of these two sulfate free bottles:

SO Essential Shampoo is a gentle, weightless, and paraben free shampoo that contains advanced Keratin protein complex Kera-Cysteine to allow deep repairing components straight into the cortex of each hair strand and also Australian native Lilly Pilly which is a strong combination of vitamin C and antioxidants to give us stronger, healthier and hydrated hair and scalp. This is suitable enough to be used daily. Proudly Australian made and owned.

Macadamia Weightless Shampoo is a shampoo to revitalise your hair by giving it lift, body and volume without the heavy feeling of being weighed down. It contains in it Pro Oil Complex of Macadamia and Argan Oils to help strengthen and repair the hair and all the while, the nutrients from the Avocado and Walnut oils do the nourishing and hydrating of the hair.

Sulfate Free Shampoo For CURLY HAIR

Keep the frizz at bay with these amazing products to combat and manage your curls.

Vitafive CPR Frizz Control Shampoo is your best sulfate free shampoo solution to control that frizz. Gentle cleansing ingredients with the likes of Botanical actives like Quinoa, Licorice Root, Keratin, Wheat Proteins added with pH 5.5-6.5 do the job for deeper cortex penetration and for a smoother controlled hairstyle to maintain and regulate the frizziness and curls. This shampoo eliminates the frizz without it feeling weighed down and reduces hair breakage up to 80%, protects against humidity and adds gloss. This is safe to use on coloured curly hair as well as Keratin straightened hair and hair extensions.

That’s all folks. If you have enjoyed what you liked reading please feel free to comment below.

Tako Phanoraj

Tako is a Beauty Editor at AMR with a Diploma in makeup artistry having graduated in 2015. She is passionate about all things beauty and in her spare time loves to keep up with the latest trends and trialling new makeup. When she is not invested in makeup, she is busy being mum to one gorgeous baby girl.

One response to “What Is Sulfate Free Shampoo And How Can You Benefit From It?”

  1. Tim says:

    Great information! I personally switched to a sulfate free shampoo because I has a dandruff problem. After about 2 weeks, the problems were gone. I think lots of people could benefits from natural shampoos, but they are often more expensive than regular ones.

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