After reading more and more about the additive of SLS (or Sodium Laureth Sulfate) in most shampoos, I decided to try out an SLS free shampoo. SLS can often be quite harsh in cosmetics products such as shower gels and shampoos; benefits to SLS free shampoos are said to include less frizzy hair, more shine, and being gentler on skin that can suffer from eczema.
My first choice was from the high street brand Naked, which is very reasonably priced and easy to get your hands on – you would be surprised how few shampoos don’t contain SLS! They are a brand that I have heard a lot about in the blogging world so I trusted that they would be a good brand to go for.
I got the matching shampoo and conditioner for normal to dry hair - a shine boosting, hydrating couple. The shampoo has ingredients such as honey and mallow extracts, while the conditioner includes buttermilk and green tea.
I noticed almost immediately the effects of using this shampoo and conditioner – my hair was the shiniest I have ever seen it, it seemed less frizzy once it was dry and felt a lot softer too. After continued use, my hair just seemed to get shinier and healthy looking!
The smell of both the shampoo and conditioner are lovely, not too strong – but I can’t quite put my finger on what it is. It is definitely a clean, fresh smell though. I was worried that the conditioner wouldn’t be enough for my hair which can often get a bit dry and luggy, but I was wrong. It was moisturising and added loads of shine to my hair.
The only very small negative I have to say about the shampoo is that it doesn’t lather like a typical shampoo – this is to be expected when using an SLS free shampoo. Sometimes I felt as though I wasn’t washing my hair well enough, but of course it does wash your hair just as well! It just takes some getting used to.
Would I be an SLS free shampoo again? Yes, definitely, I would buy this shampoo and conditioner again. I still need to get used to the lack of lathering up, but it’s worth it for the results it gives.
You can buy these from Boots stores, or online from the Naked website here. They are around £4 each.
Have you tried SLS free shampoos? What ones do you recommend?