Tried & Tested: SLS-free shampoo and conditioner

Finding the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type is as much of a mission as finding the perfect pair of jeans.

An active ingredient in shampoo and other beauty and hygiene products is sulfate. But a move towards using natural ingredients over chemicals including sulfate and parabens, is becoming a popular choice among consumers.

If you are wanting to swap your hair care regime for parabens-free or sodium laureth sulfate-free (SLS-free) shampoo and conditioner, Life & Soul Magazine helps you make the most natural choice for your hair with our pick of parabens-free, SLS-free shampoo and conditioner.

 

OGX Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo and OGX Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner

OGX, formerly known as Organix, do a line of shampoos and conditioners including coconut milk, kukui nut oil, cherry blossom ginseng and Brazilian keratin. Given that I have dry hair, I chose to try out the OGX Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo. I made my decision largely due to the renowned moisturising benefits that argan oil brings to hair.

Unfortunately my experience of OGX Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo was less than impressive. After just one use, my hair was left severely dry to the point of straw-like. OGX claims to be “natural” and include “only sulfate free surfactants for renewed softness”, however the affects on my hair were rather harsh and it felt that my hair had been stripped of all moisture.

I combined the shampoo with the OGX Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner but this failed to add any lustre or moisture to my hair. As with any new beauty regime you start, you have to be persistent with but after two washes with

OGX Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil, I knew this was enough for me to put it to bed. Just two washes in one week left me needing an intensive conditioning treatment for both hair and scalp. In spite of a pleasing perfume scent, OGX Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo and OGX Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner is not worth the scent nor the drying affects it can have on your hair.

OGX Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo, RRP £6.99 for 385ml and OGX Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner, RRP £6.99 for 385ml

 

Aveda Brilliant Shampoo and Aveda Brilliant Conditioner

Aveda once were one of few brands pioneering SLS-free and parabens-free haircare, but today the choice is wider with many lesser known and more affordable brands offering the same level of care for hair. That said, the effectiveness of Aveda products should not be overlooked.

My first experience of SLS-free shampoo was the Aveda Brilliant Shampoo, and aside from it having the most amazing earthy scent that lasts most of the day after washing, it also deeply cleanses hair and leaves it shiny. As a shampoo, Aveda Brilliant is perfect if you use a lot of styling products in your hair as it will cleanse your hair without removing its natural oils.

Used in combination with the Aveda Brilliant Conditioner, my hair felt shiny, soft and manageable for days, and was easy to brush. Also I did not feel the need to wash my hair as often with the Aveda Brilliant range (at one point, I was washing my hair every other day) as two or three washes a week for thick hair felt that my hair was cleansed enough, whilst retaining its moisture. Aveda Brilliant can be used on all types of hair from fine to thick, so it’s likely that others in your household may want to try it too.

The only real downside of the Aveda Brilliant Shampoo and Aveda Brilliant Conditioner is that it is really pricey. At £17.50 for 250ml the shampoo and £20.50 for 200ml of the conditioner, it feels like an investment. But if it works for you (recommended for all their types) and the fact that you can use it less often and still feel that you have newly washed hair, then the cost may not really be an issue.

Aveda Brilliant Shampoo, RRP £17.50 for 250ml and Aveda Brilliant Conditioner, RRP £20.50 for 200ml

 

L’Ocitanne Radiance & Colour Care Shampoo and L’Ocitanne Radiance & Colour Care Conditioner

For those with colour treated hair, L’Ocitanne Radiance & Colour Care Shampoo may be what you are looking for given the benefits of not only amplifying the colour of your hair but also banishing the drying effects that comes with colouring your hair.

I’m a natural raven-haired chica but I also have hair that is naturally brown towards the ends – it almost looks like it’s been dip-dyed – and I found that combining the L’Ocitanne Radiance & Colour Care Shampoo with the L’Ocitanne Radiance & Colour Care Conditioner added depth to the colour in my hair, creating a chocolate brown with a reddish tint effect at the ends and an intense black all over. It also left my hair feeling very silky and moisturised. After using the L’Ocitanne shampoo and conditioner duo, my hair was also tangle free.

L’Ocitanne Radiance & Colour Care Shampoo smells great given that it contains essential oils including geranium, rosemary, cedar, palmarosa and bergamot and contains no parabens or sulfates. But if you have a sensitive scalp, the concentration of essential oils may slightly sting your scalp, so use with caution.

L’Ocitanne Radiance & Colour Care Shampoo, RRP £16.50 for 300ml and L’Ocitanne Radiance & Colour Care Conditioner, RRP £16.00 for 250ml

 

Jason Moisturizing 84% Aloe Vera Shampoo and Jason Moisturizing 84% Aloe Vera Conditioner

Having been blessed with coarse, thick hair, it’s taken me years to find a shampoo and conditioner that leaves my hair feeling smooth and silky. I have tried many products, including those for afro-hair, but have always found the benefits to be short lived and my wavy hair quickly turns dry and to frizz.

Jason Moisturizing 84% Aloe Vera Shampoo is an all-natural shampoo that provides intense moisture to dry hair. Given its high aloe vera content, Jason Moisturizing 84% Aloe Vera Shampoo works wonders on very thick hair as well as dry. The formula also contains pro-vitamin B5 derived from plants which helps lock moisture in and repair.

The moisturising effects on hair are almost instant with the Jason Moisturizing 84% Aloe Vera Shampoo. While it works a treat on thick hair, the shampoo may be a tad heavy for fine hair that has a tendency towards dry.

Jason Moisturizing 84% Aloe Vera Shampoo has a subtle yet fresh scent of aloe. Combined with the Jason Moisturizing 84% Aloe Vera Conditioner, I found my hair to be thoroughly cleansed and tangle free, making my hair easy to style after washing.

If you are looking for a shampoo and conditioner that leaves out the need to use styling products that give shine and moisture in between washes, then Jason Moisturizing 84% Aloe Vera Shampoo and Jason Moisturizing 84% Aloe Vera Conditioner maybe all that you need. I found myself using a few drops of argan oil in between washes only when the sun was at its strongest and my hair was a little dry at the ends.

What’s more the Jason Moisturizing 84% Aloe Vera Shampoo and Jason Moisturizing 84% Aloe Vera Conditioner is great value and given the highly-moisturising ingredients, a little goes a long way and its effects are far reaching for days.

Jason Moisturizing 84% Aloe Vera Shampoo, RRP £6.49 for 454g and Jason Moisturizing 84% Aloe Vera Conditioner, RRP £6.49 for 454g

 

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