There are now a pletho­ra of hair pro­duct lines aimed at nat­u­rals but they are most­ly online or in select stores.  In the future, it will be super easy to get prob­a­bly any pro­duct. How­ev­er, there are still many of us who do rely on drug­store prod­ucts either for con­ve­nience or sim­ply because they do actu­al­ly work well.

Most nat­u­rals are picky about their prod­ucts and top of this list is sil­i­cone and sul­fate free prod­ucts. There­fore, this list should help you:

1. Trader Joe — Nour­ish Spa Line — Sil­i­cone Free and Sul­fate Free


The Nour­ish Spa Sham­poo and Con­di­tion­er are the only set that I have found that are both sil­i­cone free and sul­fate free. How­ev­er the sham­poo does con­tain olefin sul­fonate as its lead cleanser and this sur­fac­tant is known to be just as irri­tat­ing as  the sul­fate of dread — SLS. Addi­tion­al­ly, the old trick of list­ing herbal extracts in water first before active ingre­di­ents is used to make the pro­duct seem more organ­ic or nat­u­ral to con­sumers. Both the sham­poo and con­di­tion­er are quite cheap which means that try­ing the prod­ucts and assess­ing for your­self whether they are good or not is pret­ty easy.

2. Tre­sem­me — Nat­u­rals Line — Sil­i­cone Free

tresumme naturals

Tre­sem­me Nat­u­rals is mar­ket­ed as a low sul­fate and sil­i­cone free line. The hair sham­poos do con­tain both ALS and ALES which is a com­bi­na­tion that can reduce irri­ta­tion but still cleanse well. There­fore, if you are look­ing for a com­plete no sul­fate sham­poo, do pass on this one. The hair con­di­tion­ers on the oth­er hand have no sul­fates or sil­i­cones.

3. Gar­nier Fruc­tis — Pure Clean — Sil­i­cone Free/Paraben Free


In addi­tion to being sil­i­cone free, parabens are not use as preser­v­a­tives across the Gar­nier Fruc­tis Pure Clean range. The hair con­di­tion­ers are sul­fate free but the sham­poos in the line do have SLS and SLES as active cleansers. Athough that com­bi­na­tion is known to be less irri­tat­ing than pure SLS, the pro­duct is not labelled as nor is, sul­fate free.

4. L’Oreal — Ever­sleek, Ever­pure and Ever­strong Line — Sul­fate Free 


The Ever­sleek, Ever­pure and Ever­strong hair con­di­tion­ers are all sul­fate free and in addi­tion are also sil­i­cone free. The hair sham­poos do, how­ev­er, con­tain sil­i­cones such as dime­thicone and amodime­thicone so L’oreal does not pro­claim the whole range as sil­i­cone free. Per ounce they are gen­er­al­ly more expen­sive than the pre­vi­ous­ly list­ed lines but they are still not super expen­sive by any stretch of the imag­i­na­tion.

5. Suave — Nat­u­rals Line — Sil­i­cone Free


Suave Nat­u­rals con­di­tion­ers are sul­fate and sil­i­cone free, how­ev­er the sham­poos while being sil­i­cone free, do have sul­fates with the ALS/ALES com­bi­na­tion of cleansers sim­i­lar to Tre­sem­me Nat­u­rals. Once more, if you want a sul­fate free sham­poo, do not select one from this line.

6. Alber­to VO5 Con­di­tion­ers - Sil­i­cone Free

vO5 moisture milk

VO5 con­di­tion­ers in gen­er­al do not appear to have sil­i­cones (checked vari­ants include straw­ber­ries and cream, cham­pag­ne kiss, kiwi lime squeeze, mint tea and black­ber­ry sage tea). The sham­poos do use SLS as an active cleanser and are there­fore not sul­fate free although they are sil­i­cone free.

7. Herbal Essences — Smooth and Shine


Herbal Essences is mar­ket­ing the­se prod­ucts as sil­i­cone-free sham­poo and sul­fate-free con­di­tion­er. I am not con­vinced by the mar­ket­ing strat­e­gy at all because I could eas­i­ly turn that bot­tle around and see that the hair sham­poo has sul­fates (which some nat­u­rals want reduced or elim­i­nat­ed in sham­poo) and the hair con­di­tion­er has sil­i­cones (which, again, some nat­u­rals want reduced or elim­i­nat­ed in con­di­tion­er). In truth, you should avoid the sham­poo if you want sul­fate free cleans­ing  and avoid the hair con­di­tion­er too if you want sil­i­cone free con­di­tion­ing. This is no slight on the qual­i­ty of the prod­ucts and I am well-known for my obses­sion in gen­er­al with herbal essences despite all the sil­i­cones, sul­fates and unnat­u­ral blue hues. I do how­ev­er think the mar­ket­ing peo­ple failed immense­ly as there is real­ly no major refor­mu­la­tion; but some­how try­ing to con­vince the con­sumer with label­ing that it is a dif­fer­ent pro­duct.



What are some of your favorite silicone/sulfate-free sham­poos and con­di­tion­ers?

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Some of the­se brands test on ani­mals. If you don’t care, how would you feel if a stranger start­ed putting an unknown, untest­ed sub­stance on you? It’s dis­gust­ing. The brands list­ed are gar­nier, tre­sem­me, and lore­al. Don’t buy them!

Nicole L. Mack

Well Shea Mois­ture prod­ucts are actu­al­ly com­pa­ra­ble to the $7.50 prod­ucts you men­tioned. The often have buy one get one free sales which means they actu­al­ly come out even less expen­sive than drug store brands. Exam­ple: Tre­sem­me Nat­u­rals sham­poo & con­di­tion­er would cost $15 total while Shea Moisture’s sham­poo & con­di­tion­er BOGO free would cost only $11.

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That’s true in terms of actu­al cost. But in terms of actu­al val­ue, SheaMois­ture pro­vides less pro­duct over­all. Shea Mois­ture is about 384ml per bot­tle which is 768ml per set. Remem­ber I’m in the UK. There is no deal. So I pay £24 ($36) for a 768ml SheaMois­ture set. I can pay £10 ($15) for a 1.5 litre set of Tre­sem­me. SheaMois­ture is not a com­pa­ra­ble pro­duct, it is more expen­sive over here. Once the US prod­ucts hit the Inter­na­tion­al mar­ket, the ship­ping costs are passed on to the cus­tomer (me). Those ship­ping costs, plus the small­er amount of pro­duct for… Read more »
Nicole L. Mack

Thank you. I always love to learn. That was very inter­est­ing.


Thank you for this great site and list of sil­i­cone-free prod­ucts for us that get irritated/ inflamed/ bro­ken out skin from sil­i­cone prod­ucts. I like the L’oreal Silicone-free/Sulfate Free sham­poo and con­di­tion­er. It is not list­ed here. But it doesn’t irri­tate my scalp or break it out. It smells nice but the slick­ing action of the con­di­tion­er isn’t the best. Some­times I have to con­di­tion twice to get the hair smooth and detan­gled.

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I had an eczema flare up on my scalp and an non sls/paraben min­er­al sham­poo worked won­ders with ACV/tea tree oil rins­es. But those sham­poos are often too expen­sive. I don’t know how some peo­ple jus­ti­fy pay­ing $10–15 for a sham­poo. Once Shea Mois­ture and the rest make it the UK, it’s way out of my price range. I’m a stu­dent, not a mil­lion­aire. I found that ALS is less irri­tat­ing, so I’ll def­i­nite­ly look in to the Tre­sem­me Nat­u­ral range. Plus it’s bet­ter val­ue. 750ml (26 fl.oz) for £5 ($7.50).

Sarah Jones

Nice List pro­duct. Thanks for shar­ing.
I would also like to share one of best sul­fate free sham­poo ( with silk ker­at­in smooth pro­tec­tion offered by Ino­va PRo­fes­sion­al.


You all might try a real­ly great, always sul­fate, paraben, and silicone-free…Andalou Nat­u­rals. NONE of their hair prod­ucts have any of the­se ingre­di­ents. They don’t believe in them. I didn’t even real­ize how dried out my hair had become until I stopped coat­ing it with plas­tic (cones) and then strip­ping it with sul­fates. Wow. Now my hair is tru­ly healthy and mois­tur­ized, not just coat­ed to look like it is.

Barbara Cioch

I’ve looked into Andalou and I’m ready to buy! But I’ll be buy­ing on ama­zon because it’s cheap­er and I have prime. Thank you for shar­ing. I’m hap­py with the ingre­di­ent list.


Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tin­gle Sham­poo and Con­di­tion­er, I believe they are sil­i­cone and sul­fate free. If not, I still love them lol


The Organix line is sul­fate & paraben free… You can usu­al­ly find them at Wal­greens or on Ama­zon… They have great vari­ety as well…


I found a brand at Wal­greens called olo­gy and it’s sul­fate and sil­i­cone free con­di­tion­er and sham­poo. It’s new I don’t think a lot of peo­ple have tried it out yet
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I’ve used their laun­dry soap, tis­sue and hand soap once. I liked the laun­dry soap, so I guess it wouldn’t hurt to try the sham­poo & con­di­tion­er


Trader Joes Nour­ish Spa actu­al­ly changed their for­mu­la a few months ago and I noticed the head­quar­ters or address label on the back of the bot­tle is dif­fer­ent. The old for­mu­la con­tained 2 dif­fer­ent parabens and now the new for­mu­la con­tains sil­i­cones. Still feels the same on my hair as far as slip and ease of detan­gling.
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Con­di­tion­ers DONT have sul­fates!! Say­ing con­di­tion­ers are sul­fate free, is like say­ing, water is caf­feine free!!

Talisa Garbo

I guess you didn’t read the very obvi­ous part about sil­i­cones. The sul­fates referred to the SHAMPOOS while the sil­i­cone fac­tor referred to the CONDITIONERS. A lit­tle read­ing goes a long way;)


I used to own that sham­poo and con­di­tion­er. The con­di­tion­er is labeled as sul­fate free and the sham­poo is labeled as sil­i­cone free. I thought it was weird but I loved the scent.


I tried trader joe’s nour­ish and it real­ly messed up my hair. It gave my hair a funky feel and it clumped when I used it. Tre­sem­me used to work in my hair a loooong time ago, but its not com­pat­i­ble any­more. Actu­al­ly the only one on this list that does well in my hair is Gar­nier Fruc­tise, but the one in the orange bot­tle.


I use Dr.Bronners soap in almond (yum) and pepppermint(strong and tingly) or the lemon. They’re veg­an and castille is soft on my hair and cleans­es. I co wash with tresemme’s con­di­tion­er and it works great. I’ll use it as a leave in as well. I like the Tre­sem­me nat­u­ral line so far.


I use the ‘Live Clean’ line from my local drug­store. I was hap­py with their prod­ucts but changed to use oth­er sham­poos with more nat­u­ral ingre­di­ents. The prices were fair also. The sham­poo and con­di­tion­er would come up to around $20 togeth­er.


A few of the­se are cru­el­ty-free, as well.
I love to use the Dessert Essence Coconut con­di­tion­er. It’s more expen­sive, but worth it. :)


I’ll just stick with my trusty Shea Mois­ture prod­ucts lol to make it eas­ier on myself- I just use prod­ucts that are and always have been silicone/sulphate free. Saves a lot of headache lol


I love L’oreal Ever­Curl line…it total­ly helped my curls bounce back after some dam­age I had done.

Ugonna Wosu

wow, for once an arti­cle that men­tions all prod­ucts I have in my near­by drug­store. Its not easy liv­ing in Mon­tre­al, lol.


Just bought a VO5 con­di­tion­er today for $0.80.


YASS at no.1! Trader joe’s nour­ish spa con­di­tion­er. It’s cheap and mois­tur­iz­ing on my cot­tony type four hair!


It now has sil­i­cone.

I swore by Nubian Her­itage and SheaMois­ture hair prod­ucts until I learned that Hon­ey­suck­le and Japan­ese Hon­ey­suck­le extracts con­tain PARAhy­droxy BEN­zoic acid…which is the nat­u­ral pre­de­ces­sor of syn­thet­ic parabens. Tech­ni­cal­ly not a paraben, because parabens are syn­thet­ic, but is chem­i­cal­ly the same thing and, like­wise, has been linked to breast can­cer. Not all NH and SM prod­ucts con­tain the car­cino­gen, be sure to read the label. New sulfate/silicon-free prod­ucts in my rota­tion: Sham­poo: Kinky-Curly Come Clean or SheaMois­ture African Black soap bar (still free of known car­cino­gens) Con­di­tion­er: Gio­van­ni 2Chic Brazil­ian Ker­at­in & Argan Oil Ultra-Sleek Con­di­tion­er. This was the first… Read more »
Co- sign on the Gio­van­ni 2Chic Ultra Sleek. I tried it and liked it so much that I bought anoth­er large bot­tle to replace the first one I was run­ning low on. But I also picked up the large bot­tle of the 2Chic Ultra Moist with Avo­cado and Olive Oil and tried it instead of wait­ing to fin­ish the oth­er. Can you say “slip”, ladies?! Ohhh, my, WOW!!! I think this slips far and away bet­ter, and mois­tur­izes and soft­ens bet­ter, than the Ultra Sleek, and the Ultra Sleek is no slouch at any of the­se, please believe this. And… Read more »

Is This anoth­er nat­u­ral hair rule not to use the­se ingre­di­ents? Cause when I was relaxed I used any and every­thing and now that I am tran­si­tion­ing I use the same things. What makes nat­u­ral hair more frag­ile than chem­i­cal­ly treat­ed hair I expect­ed nat­u­ral hair to be stronger and able to deal with the things I used to do when it was relaxed bet­ter


The no sulphates/silicones “rule” is aimed to help nat­u­rals who prac­tice the Curly Girl Method (such as myself). This method is used to help curly head­ed wom­en man­age their hair and to embrace their curly hair. You should look it up when you have the time. If using the prod­ucts when you were relaxed worked for your nat­u­ral hair then do you lol but gen­er­al speak­ing- relaxed hair prod­ucts and nat­u­ral hair prod­ucts tar­get dif­fer­ent things (i.e. more pro­tein for relaxed and more mois­ture for nat­u­ral).

Kelsi Briana
Relaxed hair requires dif­fer­ent upkeep from nat­u­ral­ly curly hair in some aspects of main­te­nance, like wash­ing or detan­gling. Some prod­ucts that work won­ders on relaxed hair may lead to dry­ness or itch­ing– or worse– on nat­u­ral hair, so quite a lot of exper­i­ment­ing to find the right ways to wash and style goes on. You should use what­ev­er you think works best for your hair, body, and lifestyle. Just be aware of a few of the most fre­quent­ly used ingre­di­ents in prod­ucts that can be harm­ful or irri­tat­ing (parabens, sodi­um lau­reth sul­fate, phtha­lates, etc.), and if noth­ing else that should… Read more »

I like this list, but I feel like Nature’s Gate shampoos/conditioners were missed. I could be wrong (haven’t deeply exam­ined every vari­ants’ label), but I’m fair­ly cer­tain most are silicone/sulfate free. I do know for sure that I can get a 16 oz bot­tle of the hemp ver­sion for less than $8 and it leaves my hair super soft and boun­cy :)

Kelsi Briana

I thought of that, too! I also go for prod­ucts like Alba Botan­i­ca and Kiss My Face, which can be pret­ty cheap (par­tic­u­lar­ly when on clear­ance, the best time to stock up).


I seri­ous­ly just used some clear­ance ($4!) Alba Botan­i­ca I picked up a few months ago as part of my prepoo/detangle ses­sion last night! My hair seems to real­ly like it.


Checked. Sul­fate free, ptha­late free, paraben free, butylene gly­col free, cru­el­ty free and it’s vegan…all while being under $8 for 18 oz (retail, I did find it for 4.99 with­out ship­ping on Vita­cost :D). It does have pan­thenol though, for those sen­si­tive to that.


Cre­me of Natures Sul­fate Free Sham­poo is the best! I have tried oth­ers and they just made my hair dry.


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Kelsi Briana

Sul­fates are high on my list as well, but I’d real­ly only be able to buy a pro­duct if it was also PARABEN free. Can­cer runs in my fam­i­ly– to the point where every female has devel­oped it– so I take no chances. I think this is a nice list for those with­out such big pre­cau­tions to take, how­ev­er, and it would espe­cial­ly come in handy for those with col­or-treat­ed hair.

Michelle C.

I will be pray­ing for you. Can­cer is a demon­ic spir­it and I hope you are spritu­a­ly han­dling the sit­u­a­tion again­st this gen­er­a­tional attack the dev­il has been mak­ing again­st your fam­i­ly along with han­dling it in the phys­i­cal through health­ily eat­ing and phys­i­cal fit­ness. In Jesus name, rebuke the dev­il and he will flee.


Nut­case! Cáncer is a genet­ic muta­tion, and the “demon­ic spir­its, ” that don’t exist aren’t to blame.


VO5’s Tea Ther­a­py line is a great alter­na­tive that I use in between using Shea Mois­ture prod­ucts. I dont feel like my hair is stripped of mois­ture when I use the sham­poo, and I stock up on the con­di­tion­er because I have to con­di­tion before I wash my hair and the price point helps when I need to use so much con­di­tion­er in my month­ly rou­tine.


Unfor­tu­nate­ly, Trader joes has changed the for­mu­la for their nour­ish spa con­di­tion­er. It has a new label which is dif­fer­ent from the one pic­tured on this blog. It has dime­thicone in it now which dries out my hair over­time espe­cial­ly since I dont use sul­fates. I was so dis­s­a­point­ed because it has been my sta­ple leave in for two years. Oh well. I am now on the hunt for a new sta­ple leave in.


what? is this change very recent?


I believe it was about 3 months ago. I found out about it at the fol­low­ing link first:


I believe sil­i­cones and sul­fates are two dif­fer­ent ingre­di­ents. Cones will pre­vent knots and tan­gles in nat­u­ral hair, at least it does for me.


Based on my per­son­al research, non-sol­uble cones such as dime­thicone can only be washed off com­plete­ly with a sul­fate sham­poo. I don’t use sul­fates. When you don’t remove the cone on your hair it pre­vents the entry of water which even­tu­al­ly dries out your hair.

I heard they added a cone to the TJ Nour­ish Spa con­di­tion­er. I took note of that because if it was true I was think­ing about try­ing it again. Nei­ther Tressem­me nor GF did much for me. Suave Nat­u­rals Trop­i­cal Coconut used to be my go-to cow­ash con­di­tion­er but I guess my hair got tired of it? The only V05 con­di­tion­er I’ve tried that hasn’t left my hair feel­ing over­ly coat­ed is Free Me Freesia. Cur­rent­ly I’ve been real­ly lik­ing the L’Oreal Ever­strong Recon­struct sham­poo. As for Herbal Essences, you can have my Hel­lo Hydra­tion con­di­tion­er when you pry it from… Read more »

I swear by Trader Joe’s nour­ish spa & the tea tree con­di­tion­ers. They have amaz­ing slip & make detan­gling a breeze.


So.…that was a mis­lead­ing title

The Natural Haven

Come on now, some of you are being a lit­tle lazy here. If you read the arti­cle you will see that there are plen­ty of con­di­tion­ers on the list that are sil­i­cone and sul­fate free and there are some sham­poos too that are either one or both. 

Man­u­fac­tur­ers do appeal to your lazi­ness which is why the herbal essences new line is mar­ket­ed as sil­i­cone and sul­fate free but when you read between the lines, you real­ize it is noth­ing new.

Don’t be lazy about read­ing labels!


JC I love your blog and posts because of the accu­rate infor­ma­tion they give, but I’d appre­ci­ate it if you didn’t insin­u­ate that lazi­ness was always the rea­son we don’t check labels. Some of us don’t have time to spend hours read­ing bot­tle in shops or like me, are visu­al­ly impaired and sim­ply can­not read the tiny print on the labels.


We shouldn’t be lazy,but that is not what your arti­cle was sup­pose to be about,it was to list prod­ucts that do not con­tain the­se materials…Either way,when we read an arti­cle we expect infor­ma­tion that states such;reading a arti­cle is that,reading,not pre­tend­ing that we are at the drug­store read­ing labels.

thanks, i like jc’s arti­cles in gen­er­al but i was scratch­ing my head on this one. read­ing each descrip­tion and then look­ing back up at the title to make sure i’d read it right, only to make it to the end of the list and go “sooo.…in short, tech­ni­cal­ly none of the­se are sul­fate-free, then.” oh well. the arti­cle caught my atten­tion, but i gen­uine­ly want­ed to know if there tru­ly are *any* sul­fate-free cleansers among the drug brands. i’m inclined to say no, because i have nev­er laid eyes on one, but all the same i want­ed this arti­cle… Read more »

L’Oreal Ever­Pure is sul­fate free.

Well Shea Mois­ture prod­ucts are sulfate/silicone free.. but they’re not your typ­i­cal DRUGSTORE con­di­tion­ers and sham­poos, nor are they as cheap as the sham­poos and con­di­tion­ers on the list. But lets keep in mind that the term “drug­store” was also used in the title and we all know that cheap­er con­di­tion­ers and sham­poos usu­al­ly con­tain silicones/sulfates. While most of the­se on this list you can find for under 6, 7 dol­lars, Shea Mois­ture prod­ucts are $8–12 depend­ing on where you buy them and if they’re on sale.  But I wasn’t too impressed by the list either. I’ll just stick with my… Read more »

If you are new­ly nat­u­ral this is a great start­ing points if you are look­ing for some sul­fate and sil­i­cone free prod­ucts. Good list. While you don’t HAVE to avoid the­se things I found that in the begin­ning of my jour­ney avoid­ing some things then bring­ing them back in slow­ly as need­ed real­ly helped me in learn­ing my hair. I start­ed off with good old Suave coconut and it served me well in the begin­ning. Its light weight mak­ing it ide­al for co wash­ing.