Last Updated: November 28, 2021

13 best sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners.

WRITTEN BY Grove Collaborative • 18 min read

There are as many types of shampoos and conditioners as there are shades of hair. So how do you pick the best one for you? Curly hair or fine hair? Do you want volume or moisture? Why can’t you have both? What we’re trying to say here is … hair care is complicated. But it doesn’t have to be!


Sulfates are rough on your hair, period. They strip hair of its natural oils and get it too clean — the dried out, brittle, overwhelmed-and-undernourished type of clean that messes up hair texture and causes an itchy scalp. To remedy this hair care conundrum, we’ve curated a list of the best sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners for clean locks that feel petal-soft and naturally nourished.


This list of products was determined by ratings and reviews from Grove members.

1. Bulldog Original Beard Shampoo/Conditioner

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When things get hairy, you can count on Bulldog Original Beard Shampoo and Conditioner to help control your facial grooming needs. Its fragrance-, sulfate-, paraben-, and triclosan-free, and its made from some of nature’s most appealing qualities such as aloe vera, camelina oil, and green tea. This 2-in-1 Bulldog beard shampoo and conditioner is …

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6.7 Oz
$10.99
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2. Juice Beauty Juice Organics Coconut Repairing Shampoo

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Hydrate with this blend of coconut, plant protein and Vitamin B5 to give your locks a boost of replenishing moisture. Nourish with antioxidant rich organic argan oil, and shine enhancing organic aloe and organic borage botanicals. Juice Organics Repairing Shampoo is designed for normal, damaged and color-treated hair.
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10 Oz
$12
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3. Juice Beauty Juice Organics Coconut Repairing Conditioner

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Hydrate with this blend of coconut, plant protein and Vitamin B5 to give your locks a boost of replenishing moisture. Nourish with antioxidant rich organic argan and organic jojoba oils, and shine enhancing organic aloe and organic borage botanicals. Juice Organics Repairing Conditioner is designed for normal, damaged and color-treated hair.
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10 Oz
$12
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4. Juice Beauty Juice Organics Rose Fig Color Protect Shampoo

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Help protect against color fade with antioxidant rich fig. This special blend helps nourish against environmental stressors with antioxidant rich blueberry while organic borage helps enhance shine and organic rose hip oil helps revitalize.
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10 Oz
$12
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5. Juice Beauty Juice Organics Rose Fig Color Protect Conditioner

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Help protect against color fade with antioxidant rich fig. This special blend helps nourish against environmental stressors with antioxidant rich blueberry while organic borage helps enhance shine. Juice Organics Color Protect Conditioner is designed for colored or highlighted hair.
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10 Oz
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6. Soapbox Argan Oil Control & Soften Shampoo and Conditioner Set

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Calm your frizzies with Soapbox Argan Oil Control and Soften Shampoo. Many conventional shampoos contain disruptive chemicals that can dry out your hair, leaving you with parched, frizzy strands. Soapbox Argan Oil Control and Soften Shampoo, on the other hand, uses natural ingredients like aloe, jojoba oil, shea butter, and the vitamins in argan …

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1 Shampoo - 1 Conditioner
$13.95
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7. Peach Shampoo & Conditioner Bar Set - Volumizing

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A plastic-free volumizing shampoo & conditioner bar set formulated for fine, flat hair to invigorate the scalp and bring volume and fullness to lifeless strands.

Hair types: Fine and flat
Scent: Wild Honey

  • HEALTHY, FULLER-LOOKING HAIR WITHOUT COMPROMISE
    This set has a plant-powered, tailored formula to lift and amplify fine and flat hair, …
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1 x Shampoo Bar, 1 x Conditioner Bar
$22.95
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8. Ursa Major Go Easy Haircare Set

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Get soft, healthy, easy-to-manage hair with this delightfully nourishing daily shampoo and conditioner. Works great for all hair types. Sulfate-free, of course.

Aroma: A warm, woodsy blend with ginger, balsam and fir.
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2 x 8oz
$49
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9. Rooted Beauty Repair & Revive Shampoo + Conditioner

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Repair & Revive Shampoo: Say hello to hydration, because the Repair & Revive Shampoo is ready to nourish any dry, damaged hair you have. Rooted Beauty’s R7 Complex — a signature blend of seven antioxidant-rich roots — combines with nutrients, proteins and vitamins to moisturize and repair with every wash. Now you can rinse, repeat and rejoice. …
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1 x Shampoo, 1 x Conditioner
$24.95
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10. Fresh Monster Kids Shampoo & Conditioner 2in1

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Make things easier at bath time with this Fresh Monster Kids Shampoo & Conditioner 2in1. This 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner cleans and conditions your kids’ hair with just one product. Its hypoallergenic, non-GMO, sulfate-free, triclosan-free, paraben-free, naturally fragranced, vegan, and Leaping Bunny–certified. It’s also gentle on eyes and …

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1 x 8.5 Oz bottle
$8.99
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11. Rooted Beauty Hydrate & Nourish Shampoo + Conditioner Set

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Hydrate & Nourish Shampoo: This shampoo will keep your scalp and hair happy & healthy. It’s full of antioxidants ready to be lathered into your hair, thanks to Rooted Beauty’s R7 Complex — a signature blend of seven antioxidant-rich roots — included every formula. And, clarifying clary sage extract will help remove buildup while Vitamin E helps …
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1 x Shampoo, 1 x Conditioner
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12. Peach Shampoo & Conditioner Bar Set - Strengthening

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A plastic-free strengthening shampoo & conditioner bar set formulated for damaged hair to support scalp health and improve hair strength by reducing breakage and split ends.

Hair types: Damaged and split-end prone
Scent: Honeydew Melon

  • STRONG, HEALTHY HAIR WITHOUT COMPROMISE
    This set offers a plant-powered, tailored formula for damaged …
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1 x Shampoo Bar, 1 x Conditioner Bar
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13. Peach Shampoo & Conditioner Bar Set - Moisturizing

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A plastic-free moisturizing shampoo & conditioner bar set formulated for dry and dull hair to restore scalp health and deeply moisturize and restore shine without weighing down hair.

Hair types: Dry and dull
Scent: Coconut Lavender

  • SOFT, SHINY HAIR WITHOUT COMPROMISE
    This set offers a plant-powered, tailored formula for dry and …
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1 x Shampoo Bar, 1 x Conditioner Bar
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FAQs

Why is it better to use sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner?

Sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners are better for your hair because they don’t dry out your scalp the way products with sulfates do. Sulfate-free haircare is also more likely to be free from parabens and silicones — two harsh chemicals that each have their own downsides.


Parabens are believed to cause hormonal disruption because they mimic estrogen, a hormone that does everything from controlling puberty to strengthening bones. They also cause skin irritation in some people.


Silicones are hydrophobic — they repel water. They remove water from the hair and weaken protein bonds, making hair more susceptible to breakage. Over time, silicones build up on your hair, which can dry it out and give it a dull appearance. That’s the last thing we want!


What happens when you start using sulfate-free shampoo?

There are a ton of benefits to going sulfate-free. After you start using sulfate-free shampoos, your hair will be less frizzy and less oily, and your scalp won’t feel so dry and irritated. Keep in mind that these results don’t happen overnight — generally, it takes about six washes with a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner for hair to adjust.


Sulfate shampoos strip the hair in an effort to remove product build up — that may not sound so bad but it can ruin hair texture. Once you stop using hair care that contains sulfates, you might be surprised to find that you have natural waves or curls to your locks as your hair texture improves.


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What are sulfates?

Sulfates are cleaning agents commonly found in household cleaners, detergents, soaps, shampoos, and conditioners. The two main types of sulfates are sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES). They work into a lather that removes dirt and oil from hair — chances are, if your shampoos and soaps have a lot of suds when you use them, they contain sulfates.


We asked our Senior Director of Science Formulation, Clem Choy, about sulfates. Here’s what he had to say about sulfates, what products they’re used in, and how to avoid them in your haircare and skincare routines.


Sulfates are strong cleansers — they’ve even been used in products made for cleaning car engines. It’s no wonder they’re damaging to certain hair types, like fine or curly hair.


Dull hair? Never met her. You don’t need chemicals to get shiny hair — check out Grove’s guide to glossy tresses for more info on how to get lustrous locks, naturally.


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