8 Best Sulfate-Free Shampoos in Malaysia (2020)

We've been asked the following questions frequently: What shampoos are sulfate free? What happens when you switch to sulfate free shampoo? Is sulfate free shampoo really better for your hair?

Sulfates are the foaming agents found in traditional shampoos. These foaming agents can have negative effects when they prove too harsh for your hair, stripping it off its natural oils and drying it to the point where it’s brittle and limp. One sulfate commonly used in shampoos is called SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate).

That’s why people reach for sulfate-free formulas. They’re thought to keep hair color and curls preserved more effectively and for longer than shampoos with these foaming agents. Although they might not lather up like you’re used to, know that your hair is still getting clean while becoming healthier at the same time.

There are many shampoos in the market and it's not easy to choose the right one for yourself. Below, our picks of the best sulfate-free shampoos that you can buy from your nearest retail stores like Watsons or Guardian Malaysia or online from Lazada Malaysia.


1. Maui Moisture Shea Butter Shampoo, 385ml



Buy on Lazada | RM 69 

This sulfate free shampoo is a unique blend of Shea Butter, aloe vera juice, coconut oil and macadamia oils that is formulated to moisturise hair. It can also help to mend split ends and provide a healthy glow after each use. 


2. Ogx Nourishing Coconut Milk Shampoo Travel Size - 3 Oz

ogyx coconut milk shampoo sulfate free 3oz

Buy on Lazada | RM 25 (29% OFF)

This drugstore gem is made with gentle sulfate-free surfactants to cleanse your oily scalp, as well as organic coconut milk and coconut oils that smell amazing and add a big dose of moisture.


3. Shea Moisture, Strength + Color Care Shampoo, Purple Rice Water, 13.5 fl oz (399 ml)

shea strength color care shampoo sulfate free 399ml

Buy on Lazada | RM 89.02 (18% OFF)

All color-treated hair needs extra TLC no matter the texture, but the stakes definitely go up when you have kinky, coily, or tightly curled hair. Not only will the purple tint prevent brassy tones, but the rice water is just what you need to grow your hair healthier and stronger. It also has plenty of slip, so you can safely detangle your tresses.


4. L'Oreal Paris EverPure Sulfate Free Frizz Defy Shampoo, with Marula Oil, 8.5 Fl. Oz

loreal paris everpure shampoo sulfate free

Buy on Lazada | RM129.54 (7% OFF)

L'Oréal was one of the first drugstore brands to base a line of shampoos on the sulfate-free mindset. This one is infused with Marula Oil, gently cleanses frizz-prone hair for humidity and frizz control, manageability and smooth luminosity.


5. Aveeno Scalp Soothing Oat Milk Blend Shampoo, 12 Ounce

aveeno scalp soothing oat milk shampoo sulfate free 12 ounce

Buy on Lazada | RM 145.24

No longer reserved for your iced latte, oat milk is taking over your shampoo too. Oats are the first ingredient in this nourishing formula, which is free of sulfates, parabens, and dyes.

The oats are sourced from a quiet mill located along the rolling hills of the Mississippi River Valley, in a small town where pride and quality go hand-in-hand.


6. Palmer's Coconut Oil Shampoo 400 ml

palmers coconut oil shampoo sulfate free 400ml

Buy on Lazada | RM 23

Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula products contain ethically and sustainably sourced Coconut Oil and Tahitian Monoï, infused with Tiaré flower petals. These raw, natural ingredients deeply hydrate, repair damage and give hair incredible shine. Palmer's Coconut Oil Formla Coconut Oil Conditioning Shampoo is a rich, creamy shampoo, free of sulfates and harsh detergents, that gently cleanses and removes buildup without stripping hair or interrupting its delicate moisture balance.

Palmer's Coconut Oil Shampoo Reviews Malaysia: 5.0/5 (Lazada)


7. Pureology Nanoworks Gold Shampoo 200ml

pureology nanoworks gold shampoo sulfate free 200ml
Pureology Nanoworks Gold is a sulfate free shampoo for both dry hair and coloured hair. In contains not only a gentle and deeply nourishing formula, but also a blend of jasmine, vanille, rose and amber for an aromatherapeutic experience. This gentle, sulfate free shampoo is also 100% vegan and made with 95% Post Consumer Recycled (PCR) packaging.

Its rich, transforming formulas also recaptures what the hair has lost from colouring for renewed softness, manageability and shine with extraordinary color protection. Keravis strengthens hair and antioxidant rich Golden Marula Oil intensely nourishes to restore youthful movement, suppleness and shine.


8. Aveda Rosemary Mint Purifying Shampoo 250ml

aveda rosemary mint shampoo 250ml sulfate free


Buy on Lazada | RM 90

Aveda Rosemary Mint Purifying Shampoo is a sulfate free and silicone free shampoo. It is formulated with an uplifting rosemary, peppermint and spearmint scent.

This 97% naturally derived shampoo clarifies hair, leaving it feeling refreshed, shiny and clean. It contains micelles, which gently remove product build-up and other impurities without disrupting the natural balance of the scalp and hair. It also contains white vinegar which gently helps purify the hair.


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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the different types of sulfates?

There are many types of Sulfates and some of the common ones are; Alkylbenzene sulfonate, Ammonium laureth or lauryl sulfate, Ammonium or Sodium Xylenesulfonate, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Sodium cocoyl sarcosinate, Sodium laureth sulfate, Sodium myreth sulfate, Sodium lauryl sulfate, Sodium lauryl sulfoacetate, TEA- dodecylbenzenesulfonate, Ethyl PEG-15 cocamine sulfate, and Dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate.

If your shampoo has any of the above then it has Sulfates. If it states that it is “Sulfate free”, then it doesn’t contain Sulfates. There are many great Sulfate-free alternatives currently available.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) have over 150 different names so it can be very difficult to determine whether your shampoo contains Sulfates. Here is a list of some of the different names used:

• Sodium dodecyl Sulfate
• Sulphuric Acid
• Sodium salt sulfuric acid
• Sodium salt

2. The shampoo states that it's 'sulfate free' but contains SLS in the ingredients?

SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) is a type of sulfate. If the shampoo contains SLS, then it's not 'sulfate-free'. Most people are confused due to the various types of sulfates available.

3. What are Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs)?

Personal care products such as shampoos, hair sprays, makeup and deodorant often contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), such as phenols, parabens and phthalates. Endocrine disruptors can increase the risk of infertility and interfere with fetal development.

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