You might be hearing haircare companies shouting from the rooftops about their ‘paraben free’ and “sulphate free” products and wondering about the buzz and hype surrounding “paraben and sulphate” free formulas. The immediate thing that would come to your mind is that these are bad chemicals that should be avoided at all costs and you should run miles away from parabens and sulfates. But have you ever thought why they are bad and why there were there in your cosmetics or hair care products up until now. In this post, we would tell you everything about parabens and sulfates and also the Top 20 Sulfate and Paraben Free Shampoos in India.
What are Parabens?
Parabens are chemicals that are widely used in beauty and hair care products as preservatives. You can find parabens in the ingredient list of 99% of cosmetic, beauty and hair care products in India, from ointments to lipsticks, to shampoos, toothpastes, shampoos, to face masks. The reason why parabens such as methylparaben, propylparaben, and butylparabens are used is because they are comparatively cheaper than other safe preservatives
What are Sulphates?
Sulfates are cleaning and lathering chemicals that you most commonly find in toothpastes, shampoos, shower gels, etc. The lather you get from shampoos and soaps is because of the presence of sulfates.
Why to go for sulphate free and paraben free shampoos?
It is always better to be safe than to be sorry and that applies to products with parabens and sulfates in them. Since studies have linked parabens and sulfates to interference with cell membrane and its activities, it’s only wise to opt for products that are free of chemicals or for herbal options.
Why Parabens are harmful?
Parabens have been found to interfere with cell membranes and they have also been found in tumors. The most common parabens used in cosmetics, skincare, and haircare products are methylparaben, butylparaben, and propylparaben.
Why Sulfates are harmful?
Sulfates also were found to degenerate cell membranes apart from causing dryness and irritating the scalp. Sulfates can even trigger hair loss, so it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to sulfates and parabens.
Absolutely 100% Natural Homemade Sulfate and Paraben-Free Shampoo:
This homemade shampoo is 100% natural, and it also helps hair grow faster, controls hair fall. With this shampoo, your hair will grow out beautiful, long and strong. For making this natural hair cleanser, you will need soapnut (reetha) and shikakai (Acacia concinna).
- Shikakai- The word Shikakai literally means “fruit for hair”. Acacia concinna or Shikakai has been used for hair care in India since ancient times. It has been described in Ayurveda as “fruit for hair” and has been used as a hair cleanser since ages. In order to prepare it the fruit pods, leaves and bark of the plant are dried, ground into a powder, then made into a paste. While this traditional shampoo does not produce the normal amount of lather that a sulfate-shampoo would, it is considered a good cleanser. It is mild, has a low pH, and doesn’t strip hair of its natural oils. Usually no conditioner is needed after using shikakai as it has detangling properties too.
- Reetha (Soapnuts)- Soapnuts, such as those of Sapindus mukorossi, are used in Ayurveda. They are a popular ingredient in Ayurvedic shampoos and cleansers .They are used in Ayurvedic medicine as a treatment for eczema, psoriasis, and for removing freckles. Soapnuts have gentle insecticidal properties and are traditionally used for removing lice from the scalp. Soap nuts have become increasingly popular as a nontoxic laundry detergent.
How To Make Reetha and Shikakai Shampoo:
- Take about 20 reetha nuts and 5 to 10 shikakai, this would depend upon the potency of reethas and shikakai, sometimes the reethas are not strong enough so you may need more. Reetha basically are fabulous cleansers but tend to dry out the hair, so we add shikakai for its natural conditioning and hair softening properties. Remove the seeds from reetha and soak both of them in a pot of water overnight. This will soften them to some extent.
- Boil thix mixture for about 15 to 20 minutes on slow heat until they are soft and tender.
- Once the reetha and shikakai are tender, you can either strain the mixture and use this water to wash your hair or crush all reethas and shikakai together in a mash form, remove their pulp and juice. Strain the juice and store it in a bottle. Use this strained water to wash your hair. You can even store this liquid in the fridge for about a week.
How To Use:
- Wash your hair gently by just using plain water.
- Now, use the reetha and shikakai liquid and rinse your hair gently. The foam created will be very scant, so you will have to repeat the procedure for at least two to three times. If you have applied oil, then you might have to repeat more than three times to get squeaky clean hair.
Benefits of Using this Natural Shampoo:
- 100% sulfate and paraben-free shampoo.
- Both ingredients are known for their beneficial properties for hair.
- This shampoo helps control hair fall, in fact it helps hair to grow out healthy and strong.
- Cleans hair and scalp really well.
- Less frizzy hair.
- Improves the texture of hair, makes them strong.
- Cures itchiness of scalp.
- pH balanced, so wouldn’t strip hair of natural oils.
Top 25 Sulfate and Paraben Free Shampoos In India:
1. The Body Shop Rainforest Shine Shampoo: It’s probably one of the first paraben and sulfate-free shampoos to have entered the Indian market. This shampoo has a trio of superb conditioning oils—organic pracaxi, cameline seed and Community Fair Trade organic olive oil that effectively protects shine makes hair glossy. It contains no silicones, no sulphates, no colourants and no parabens.
2. L’Oreal Paris Extraordinary Clay Shampoo: This shampoo has combined 3 refined clays that deeply purifies and hydrates hair. It is free of parabens and sulfates.
3. Biotique Bio Green Apple Fresh Daily Purifying Shampoo and Conditioner: This refreshing shampoo is blended with pure green apple extract, sea algae and centella to purify and nourish scalp and hair with natural minerals and proteins. It has a pH balanced formula and gentle for everyday use. It is free of parabens and sulfates.
4. OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk Shampoo: This is a sulfate and paraben-free shampoo with the goodness of coconut oil. It does not leave the scalp dry, in fact nourishes hair.
5. Kiehl’s Damage Repairing and Rehydrating Shampoo: This shampoo claims to cleanse, smooth and repair damaged hair. It has been infused with Moringa Tree Oil. It has also been uniquely formulated for very dry and damaged hair. It is completely free of sulfates and parabens.
6. Palmer’s Formula Coconut Oil Formula, Zero Break Cleansing Oil Shampoo: Don’t tell us it’s difficult to get hands on Palmer’s products anymore in India. You can get them in beauty stores and also online. This shampoo cleanses hair without using any paraben or sulfates.
7. Matrix Biolage Advance FiberStrong Strengthening Shampoo: Matrix Biolage Advance FiberStrong Strengthening Shampoo reinforces the strength and elasticty of hair to leave them shiny and healthy looking. It is a paraben free shampoo.
8. The Body Shop Rainforest Moisture Shampoo: This shampoo gently cleanses to help restore moisture and improve the hair’s softness without weighing it down, for a smooth and shiny finish. With pracaxi oil, manketti nut oil and Community Trade honey and sugar. No silicones, sulphates, parabens or colourants.
9. Loreal Paris 6 Oil Nourish Shampoo: It’s a paraben free shampoo but it has SLS in it.
10. Wella Elements Renewing Shampoo: It’s a completely sulfate and paraben free shampoo. It makes hair soft and smooth with regular use.
11. Aveeno Pure Renewal Shampoo: It’s a very gentle shampoo for hair. This shampoo gives your hair weightless softness, shine and healthy manageability. It’s a sulfate and paraben-free formula.
11. FabIndia Honey Oatmeal Shampoo: This shampoo has the goodness of honey and oatmeal and though it is free of parabens, it has sodium lauryl ether sulphate in its list.
12. Patanjali Kesh Kanti Reetha Hair Cleanser: It’s an inexpensive paraben and sulfate free shampoo, which lathers well. It cleans scalp and hair really well.
13. Khadi Pure Herbal Walnut Shampoo: This shampoo has not been tested on animals, it lathers well, removes dirt from scalp and hair. It has natural ingredients, does not have paraben or sulfates in it.
14. L’Oreal Professional Series Vitamino Color Shampoo: This is a color protect shampoo that has sodium laureth sulphate but no parabens.
15. OGX Hydrating Macadamia Oil Shampoo: This is a hydrating shampoo that lathes well and hydrates hair and makes it soft without the presence of sulfates or parabens.
16. Kerastase Discipline Bain Fluidealiste Sulfate-Free Shampoo: As the name suggests, this is a sulfate-free shampoo that takes care of hair fall, works well without a conditioner. It cleanses hair well and is suitable for all hair types.
17. L’Oreal Professionnel Serie Expert Volumetry Shampoo: This shampoo has Salicylic Acid and it cleans the hair and scalp well.
18. Schwarzkopf Bonacure Color Freeze Sulfate-Free Shampoo: It’s a sulfate free shampoo that is specially formulated to protect color.
19. OGX Brazilian Keratin Therapy Shampoo: Organix Brazilian Keratin Therapy Shampoo is an alluring blend of antioxidant rich coconut oil along with lush keratin proteins to strengthen and soften the hair, while avocado oil and cocoa butter smooth the cuticle for straight, strong, tresses, adding a brilliant glow and luminescent shine. This rich sulfate and sodium chloride free formula smoothes and strengthens your curly or wavy tresses.
20. Khadi Herbal Shampoo Neem and Aloevera for Preventing Dandruff: This shampoo is especially formulated to treat dandruff. It’s a SLS and paraben-free shampoo.