Our solid sulfate-free shampoos leave your hair feeling exactly the same as your favourite liquid bottled products - but just in a bar form and without the unnecessary plastic. All our sulfate-free shampoo bars are made from plant-based, sustainable and ethically sourced ingredients and are packaged in home-compostable cardboard.
Explore Sulfate-Free Shampoos For All Hair Types
Whether you have a sensitive scalp or simply choose not to use sulfates, we have the shampoo bar for you! We have targeted your concerns with our sulfate-free sensitive scalp hair care and blonde/silver haircare. Ethique have also specially made sulfate free-shampoo for curly hair. Find a huge range of conditioner bars to finish off any sulfate-free haircare routine.
Keeping sulfate-free shampoo bars dry is the best way to ensure that they last ages. We have compostable in-shower storage containers available in various colours. Want to store your shampoo bars in other ways? Check out our top tips to keeping your solid shampoo bars dry.
Sulfate Free Shampoo FAQ’s
What is sulfate-free shampoo?
A sulfate-free shampoo is a shampoo that does not contain a group of degreasing surfactants called sulfates - this includes common shampoo ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, and sodium coco sulfate.
How does sulfate-free shampoo lather?
Sulfate-free shampoos contain other bubbly surfactants such as sodium cocoyl isethionate, decyl glucoside, and sodium cocoyl glycinate.
Are sulfates bad for hair?
Yes and no. Some sulfates, such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLeS), are much more effective cleansers than others. This means they are able to remove more impurities (such as a oils and dirt), which could make them unsuitable for damaged and dry hair.
Sodium coco sulfate (SCS), however, is a much gentler surfactant and is a great ingredient used to cleanse hair without removing excessive amounts of moisture. When shampoos contain hydrating ingredients such as coconut oil and a mix of different sulfates, they can change the effect of the surfactant and make hair feel cleansed and moisturised.
How to identify sulfate-free shampoo?
As a general rule, sulfate-free shampoos will not have ingredients that end with the word "sulfate" as one of their first-listed ingredients. If you want a sulfate-free shampoo, look for ones that do not list surfactants such as sodium cocoyl isethonate, sodium lauryl sulfoacetate, cocoyl methyl glucamide sodium cocoyl glycinate, or decyl glucoside as the first few ingredients. It's also worth noting that not all ingredients which end with "sulfate" are cleansers. Behentrimonium methosulfate, for example has conditioning properties and is the primary ingredient in most conditioners.
Why choose sulfate-free shampoo?
Some people are sensitive to sulfates, or have personal preferences to avoid sulfates where possible. And that's okay! We have created a range of sulfate-free shampoos that are just as bubbly and work just as beautifully on hair.