Agreed that a shampoo's basic function is to clean hair and scalp, but that doesn't, in any way, validate the inclusion of such harsh chemicals as Sodium Laureth Sulfate as detergent and foaming ingredients! When shopping for shampoos, most of us go by the brand, price and novelty ingredients (the ones specifically mentioned in the advertisements as the brand's USP, like, so-and-so moisturizing shampoo contains Aloe Vera extracts and protein serum to repair dry and damaged hair) and often miss out on checking ALL the ingredients that make up the shampoo. That could be dangerous! It is this consumer tendency that encourages manufacturers to use inexpensive but harmful cleaning and foaming agents like SLS in shampoos and hair care products!

Top Shampoo Brands Without SLS

The following list contains some of the best shampoo brands whose products come free of SLS. Most of these brands are available at all leading retail as well as online stores. Check these out and I'm sure you'll find one that suits your hair type the best!
  • Tara Smith
  • Aveda
  • Optima Australian Tea Tree
  • Organic Care Systems
  • Dead Sea Natural Mineral Shampoo
  • John Masters
  • Kiss My Face
  • Aubrey Organics
  • Desert Essence
  • Alaffia
  • Beauty Without Cruelty
  • Neutrogena Triple Moisture Shampoo
  • Pureology
  • Nature Gate Organic Shampoo
  • Logona
  • Real Purity
  • Jason Shampoo
  • Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo
  • Real Purity
  • Silkane
  • Avalon Organics
  • Lavera's Mango Milk Shampoo for Color Treated Hair
  • Blurt Bees Shampoo
  • Dove Moisturizing Shampoo for Dry and Damaged Hair
  • L'Oréal EverPure
  • Yes To Carrots Nourishing Shampoo
  • Beecology Honey & Botanical Sulfate-Free Shampoo
  • Organix Coconut Milk Shampoo
  • Aloe Jojoba Shampoo
  • Honey Moisturizing Shampoo from Body Shop
  • Love, Peace, Planet range from TIGI
  • Naked range from Boots
  • ABBA True Curls
  • Bumble Bee Studio's Herbal Shampoo
  • Alfaparf's Splendore Hydrate
  • Hemp Seed and Caviar from Alterna
  • Brocato Splassh
  • Deva Curl Low Poo
  • Revival Daily-Use Shampoo from ASK Cosmetics
  • Jonathan
  • Kenra
  • Enjoy
  • Fragile Color Safe from J Beverly Hills
  • L'ANZA
  • Mastey
  • Zerran
  • Treasured Locks
  • Pravana
  • OSMO
  • Paves Prof
  • Herbal Essences Hello Hydration
  • Pantene Pro-V Restoratives Frizz Control Shampoo
  • L'Oréal Everstrong Sulfate-Free range
  • Dead Sea Natural Mineral Shampoo
  • Burt's Bees Baby Bee Tear Free Shampoo And Wash

These are some of the prominent brands offering a range of shampoos that come without SLS and are gentle on your hair. Besides damaging hair, sodium laureth sulfate has other adverse effects as well. Let us check out the dangers of using SLS spiked cosmetic and toiletry products.

Harmful Effects of SLS

SLS is a major irritant, similar to most detergents. People are known to have shown adverse reactions to SLS in the form of burning sensation in eyes and skin irritations. It has been proven by research that although many people are immune to its irritant properties, extended exposure can give rise to symptoms of SLS irritation in them. Certain products having SLS and SLES (sodium lauryl ether sulfate) as their ingredients are also known to contain small quantities of 1,4-dioxane, which is a known carcinogen. This means, long-term use of SLS based products may increase risk of skin cancer! Some recent studies have also proven that SLS is capable of penetrating the skin by application alone, which makes its inclusion as a cosmetic ingredient a major cause for concern! If ingested or exposed to it for long times, SLS can disrupt the body's hormonal balance and is also capable of causing gastrointestinal disorders!

Your hair is your crowning glory! All it asks for in return of it making you look great is to be cleaned and cared for! Opt for SLS-free shampoo brands for hair care to avoid the unnecessary package of adverse side effects of harsh chemicals and detergents! Your hair doesn't need the violence of chemicals to look its shiny best! Such an effect can be tenderly and more effectively achieved by mild, organic shampoos which give your hair the boons of shine and glory!