Switching to a sulfate-free shampoo is always a smart move for your hair, since the detergent-free formulas won't strip colored hair or dry out waves and curls. The only gripe? The lack of harsh sulfates reduces its lathering powers, making it tougher to massage the shampoo through your hair to really dissolve grime and oil (which is why some even recommend shampooing twice). Ahead, 12 sulfate-free shampoos that actually do what they say—and so much more—without making you reach for the dry shampoo the next morning.
SheaMoisture Curl & Shine Shampoo, $10
At half the cost of curly-hair staples like Devacurl, Shea Moisture's nourishing formula uses a blend of oils and silk protein to help hair lock in moisture from within, which means less frizz and tangles, and more curl definition. It has a nice shine-boosting quality, too, which can help revive sun-dulled hair.
Pureology Hydrate Shampoo, $28
It's on the pricier end for your average shampoo, but then again, it's not your average shampoo. A little goes a long way with this Pureology formula, which builds to a nice foamy lather that gently cleanses hair without stripping it of its natural oils. Hair feels squeaky clean, softer, and lighter.
Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Shampoo, $31
Don't let the idea of layering extra oil on your greasy roots stop you from trying this best-selling shampoo. If you're down for a combo of sudsing action and serious hydration, look to this blend of *six* oils to make your hair look silkier and shinier without feeling grimy.
Kerastase Bain Chroma Riche, $41
If it's sulfate-free, it's automatically safe for your precious dye job, but when it can also make your highlights look even more vibrant? Then it's a real keeper. Enter Kerastase's Chroma Riche that helps transform even straw-like hair into the softest and shiniest version of itself.
Acure Organics Lemongrass and Argan Stem Cell Shampoo, $9
It's not often that you hear of beauty products produced with plant stem cells, but that's the calling card of the Acure Organics line. Designed with unique natural extracts, this tea-tree oil shampoo cuts through oils to soothe scalp irritation and get hair clean.
Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino and Shea Moisture Shampoo, $24
A godsend for thicker, curly hair types, Briogeo's Curl Charisma shampoo uses a blend of natural oils to hydrate and soften dry hair, plus tomato fruit ferment to seal the hair cuticle against humidity.
Alterna Haircare Caviar Clinical Daily Detoxifying Shampoo, $32
You don't have to be a routine high ponytail offender to enjoy the benefits of anti-thinning shampoo. This restorative formula for thinning hair encourages thicker and stronger hair growth, while keeping hair primed against heat damage and dry winter air.
Gentle Herb Shampoo, $20
Hailing from the U.K., Odylique's plant-based shampoo is all about restoring hair health and calming scalp irritation: It's been described as a miracle in a bottle by people plagued with eczema, psoriasis, and bad dandruff (just read the glowing reviews).
Ouidad Superfruit Renewal Clarifying Cream Shampoo, $21
If the "creamy" in its name is any indication, this Ouidad shampoo is one clarifying shampoo—powered by antioxidants and superfruit extracts—that cleanses hair of sweat and grime without making it feel like straw after you're done with it.
Verb Volume Shampoo, $14
Flat and dull hair can often read "boring," but after an encounter with this Verb Volume Shampoo, hair will look a little bouncier and fuller without feeling weighed down.
Keranique Scalp Stimulating Shampoo, $30
This shampoo has an unusual gel texture, but it seems to sit in strands longer and soak into hair better (like a mask). It helps to fight frizz even on the most humid days and comes enriched with hydrolyzed keratin, a protein that repairs serious breakage and hair damage.
Giovanni Smooth As Silk Deep Moisture Shampoo, $8
Givonanni's hair care line always tops sulfate-free hair care lists, and for good reason: At drugstore prices, its products are excellent at cleansing and smoothing hair, and this one smells like lemon-y cake batter, as a sweet bonus.