Best Sulphate Free Shampoo in India

Last updated on 3 February, 2024

Everyone yearns for a healthy mane. So, we have composed up a list of the best sulphate free shampoo in India. It is time to get a gentle liquid wash for your tresses. Cleansing your hair is vital for a healthy scalp and hair. Most people associate the feeling of foamy bubbles with cleanliness when we lather on shampoo. Let us tell you that it is just an illusion that makes us believe that foam performs a thorough and good job.

Most shampoos contain sulphate as the foaming agent. In the long run, sulphates can dry out the hair, irritate the scalp and cause frizz in hair. Before e proceed may sure that you are not using hard water along with sulphate free shampoos. Since sulphate free shampoo isn’t stripping, using hard water defeats the purpose of using it.

Sulphate Free Shampoos in India

Sulphate free Shampoo in India

Satthwa Argan Oil Shampoo

I have lost the number of times I have purchased this shampoo. It lathers pretty well and absolutely doesn’t dry out the scalp or hair. The surfactants in this shampoo are Lauryl Glucoside, Coco-glucoside, Decyl Glucoside and Cocamidopropyl Betaine. Additionally, it contains natural ingredients like oils of argan, avocado, jojoba, almond, coconut, neem extracts and botanical keratin. The shampoo is a nourishing and moisturising one for the scalp and hair. I would say if you are just starting with the sulphate free shampoos, then do try this one first. Price – 499 INR for 200ml

Best sulphate free shampoo

Bare Anatomy Ultra Smoothing Shampoo

Ultra Smoothing Shampoo has been developed using the QT Charge Technology to smoothen dry, frizzy hair. It improves the smoothness and improves the hair texture with first use itself. Enriched with ingredients such as Niacinamide, it not only locks in moisture but also helps in detangling. Additionally, with carbohydrate complex, it nourishes coarse, dry, and frizzy hair strands to help prevent breakage and enhance hair quality. You may not find the need to use a separate conditioner while using this shampoo.

Mantra Herbals Palma Christi and Olive Hair cleanser

The surfactants in this best sulphate free shampoo are Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Decyl Glucoside, Lauryl Glucoside. I have previously used this shampoo, and it is a mild shampoo that doesn’t strip away sebum from the scalp. A hydrating shampoo enriched with Palma Christi and Olive. It helps to gently cleanse the hair while leaving them moisture-rich and stronger. Palma Christi (Castor Oil) is a good hair solution for dry, frizzy or damaged tresses. Apart from this shampoo, the brand has other variants to suit different scalp and hair types. Price – 1099 INR for 250 ml.

The Moms Co. Natural Protein Shampoo

It is made with gentle coconut based cleansers that gently cleanse the scalp. The hydrolysed silk protein and hydrolysed wheat protein make hair shiner, voluminous. Beetroot extracts, rich in antioxidants nourish the hair and reduce hair fall. The Moms Co. Shampoo is suitable for Normal to Oily Hair, Curly Hair, Damaged Hair. The Moms Co. Natural protein Shampoo is sulphate free, Paraben free and Australia-certified toxin-free coconut based shampoo. Price – 429 INR for 200ml

SoulTree Hibiscus Shampoo with Honey & Aloe Vera

SoulTree shampoo is a typical Ayurvedic formulation that cleanses the scalp without stripping the natural oils or drying out the hair. Fortified with the goodness of Organic Hibiscus petals, nutrient-rich Aloe Vera and moisturising Honey, it not only nourishes, hydrates but also cleanses the hair. SoulTree shampoo is suitable for all hair types. The product is not only Certified ‘Organic’ by COSMOS (France), 100% Vegetarian but also free from Parabens, Silicones and sulphates. Price – 950 INR for 250 ml.

Vilvah Goatmilk Shampoo

The surfactants in this shampoo are Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate all of which are Ecocert approved mild surfactants. It has a natural formula that offers rich creamy lather. The ultra-moisturising goat milk and pea protein help in reducing frizz whereas the Pea protein retains long-lasting moisturization to the hair length. The shampoo is touted to be suitable for all hair types. Price – 590 INR for 200 ml

Juicy Chemistry Apple Cider, Vinegar and Argan Organic Shampoo

The Juicy Chemistry shampoo is an organic shampoo made using the hot process technique of saponification. It is a gentle and effective shampoo that does not dry out your scalp. Hydrating Argan oil stimulates blood circulation in the scalp while Apple Cider Vinegar improves the health of the hair. It is suitable for dry and rough hair. Juicy Chemistry products are Certified organic and ECOCERT approved.

Kama Ayurveda Rose Jasmine Hair Cleanser

Kama Ayurveda shampoo is a mild, low-foaming cleanser that lathers mildly and rinses the hair clean. It has a delicate floral scent of Rose and Jasmine. Infused with powerful Ayurvedic ingredients it helps to rebuild and revive dry, damaged hair by gently restoring moisture. The vegetable source Soy protein binds moisture in the hair, strengthens and improves elasticity of hair. Organic Aloe Vera Juice and Hibiscus Extract reduces the hair loss, promote growth and hydrate deeply. Essential oils of Rose and Jasmine balance and protect the hair health and vibrancy. Price – 1445 INR for 200ml

Bon Organics Aloe Shampoo

Bon Organics shampoo is a gentle yet effective cleanser and an energizing hair volume enhancer. It is a handcrafted shampoo. It is a paraben free, sulphate-free and bio degradable shampoo. Infused with citrus oils, organic aloe vera extract. It is an organic shampoo. Aloe Vera is a hair softening, smoothening and naturally volumizing ingredient with a light weight effect. This shampoo foams a lot so make sure you use little, since I have used the shampoo for around two years. Price – 190 INR for 100ml.

Why avoid sulphate in shampoos?

Sulphates are harsh detergents found in most commercial shampoos. The most common sulphates are Sodium Lauryl Sulfate(SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES). Needless to say, sulfates are effective in cleansing the hair. They are way too effective that they strip away the natural sebum from the scalp and leave the hair dehydrated.

How to identify a sulphate free shampoo?

Sulphate-free shampoos do not have SLS or SLES in their ingredients’ list but may contain other harsh surfactants. Moreover we will have to check the ingredients list to lookup for plant-derived surfactants such as glucosides, saponin, sulfosuccinates or glutamates. These nature-derived surfactants remove dirt and grease from the hair gently yet effectively. However these surfactants may not be able to remove the hair oil which is applied as a pre wash.

Benefits of sulphate free shampoos

  • Help retain the scalp sebum – Sulphate free shampoos cleanse dirt and grime from the scalp without stripping the sebum. This way the scalp stays healthy and hydrated.
  • Helps with frizzy hair – Sulphate free shampoos gently cleanse the hair so they do not dehydrate the hair length. This might help reduce the frizz.
  • May reduce scalp irritation – Sulphate free shampoos may experience less irritation as the surfactants are not harsh. Due to SLS or SLES, the scalp can become itchy, dry or painful.
  • Retain Hair dye/colour – SLS-free shampoos are gentler so they do strip away the hair colour or dye if you apply any. This reduces the efforts to re-colour and colour looks fresh and bright.

Frequently Asked Questions on Sulphate Free Shampoo

Can I use sulfate-free shampoo everyday?

It depends on your hair and scalp type and the amount of physical activity you do. People who sweat a lot or workout in the gym regularly may feel the need to wash the hair daily. You may choose a shampoo best suited for you from the above list and decide if you can use daily or not.

How do I know if a shampoo is sulphate-free?

Sulphate-free shampoos do not have sodium lauryl sulfate(SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate(SLES) in their ingredients’ list. If neither of these ingredients are listed, then the shampoo is likely to be sulfate-free. Moreover we will have to check the ingredients list to lookup for plant-derived surfactants such as glucosides, saponin, sulfosuccinates or glutamates.

What happens when you stop using sulfate shampoo?

You will notice a reduction in frizz and oiliness. Although you may feel that your hair and scalp are not as clean as they feel with using sulphate based shampoos. Since sulphates tend to strip the natural oils from the hair and scalp they feel clean (dry) to you.

What are the disadvantages of sulphate free shampoo?

Using a sulphate free shampoo may feel that the scalp is not clean. Those used to stripping/drying shampoos may feel like their scalp or hair isn’t clean enough after using a sulphate free alternative.


About Sonali

Sonali, is a skincare aficionado who tackles one skin problem at a time. She has been blogging at Skincare Villa since 2016 and is a Certified Formulator for making dry powder based masks and cleansers.