7 Drugstore Shampoos and Conditioners that are Silicone and Sulfate Free

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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57 thoughts on “7 Drugstore Shampoos and Conditioners that are Silicone and Sulfate Free

  1. Conditioners DONT have sulfates!! Saying conditioners are sulfate free, is like saying, water is caffeine free!!

    • 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

    • 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

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

  5. 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.

    • 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.

  6. 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).

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

    • 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 SheaMoisture and the rest, mean it’s not worth me buying. There are domestic brands that do a comparable job on my hair.

  9. 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!

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