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Top Sulphate-Free Hair Products

Looking to protect your scalp from harmful silicone and sulphate additives found in shampoo’s and conditioners? Not only can these ingredients lead to a dry scalp, but they can also strip your hair of its vibrant colour. Shop from our list of sulphate-free products below, and protect your hair from the harmful elements.

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The Colour Shampoo

If your hair has just been freshly coloured, it’s best to keep your haircare routine as low-maintenance as possible. Avoid sulphate’s and silicone’s which can strip the colour from your hair, leaving it brittle and lifeless. Look for ingredients which contain vitamins and nutrients to give your hair extra shine.

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Kiehl’s Since 1851 Sunflower Colour Preserving Shampoo, $27.59

The Conditioner

Treat your hair to a fortifying conditioner which will lock-in moisture, and leave it feeling super-smooth. Apply it onto your ends, and carefully comb through the product to remove any existing knots or tangles. Wash in cold water for best results, and pat your hair dry with a towel.

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MooGoo Cream Conditioner, $17.50

The Dry Oil

Use a dry oil once a week to lock-in moisture, or simply apply it to your hair just like a mask. The concentrated particles help to soften split ends, and make your hair feel like brand new.

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L’Occitane Shea Fabulous Dry Oil, $52.27

The Hair Mask

If your hair needs a bit of a pick-me-up, a hair mask is your best option. Not only does it help to strengthen and nourish the follicle, but it can repair damaged ends.

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Sukin Protein Hair Treatment, $12.95

The Dry Shampoo

We all need a little dry shampoo once in a while, but it doesn’t need to dry-out our entire scalp. Luckily, Klorane is a lifesaver from the French pharmacy and it’s so affordable! Packed with oat extract (and without those nasty sulphate’s) to soothe hair from the outside.

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Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Extract, $7.50

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August 3, 2015

The Shampoo Guide For All Hair Types

Do you ever find that your shampoo doesn’t live up to its expectations?┬áVolumising formulas only work if you use a diffuser, coloured shampoos don’t really lock-in your colour, and don’t get us started on those formulas designed for textured hair!

Find your perfect shampoo with our guide below, and you’ll always have a good hair day.

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Fine hair

If your hair is straight, thin, and often difficult to style, then you probably fall into the category of fine hair.

Look for a thickening or volumising shampoo which gives your hair a lift at the roots, and doesn’t make it look thinner than it already is.

The Shampoo Guide For All Hair Types

Bumble and Bumble Thickening Shampoo, $32

How to use it: Work the product into your roots, slowly massage it from the start of your hairline to the back of your neck. Rinse thoroughly, and use twice for extra volume.

Damaged hair

Damaged hair is usually anything which has been bleached, chemically treated, or even hair which is brittle and dry.

Your hair needs some hydrating, so use a shampoo which is nourishing from root to tip, and get into the habit of using a hair oil or mask at least once a week.

The Shampoo Guide For All Hair Types

L’Occitane Repair Shampoo for Dry/Damaged Hair, $26

How to use it: Packed with essential oils to hydrate dry and damaged hair, simply apply to damp hair and leave in for 2 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water and air dry.

Thick hair

As a girl with thick hair, I am often faced with the struggle of lots of frizz that just won’t go away!

To combat this, be extra generous with your conditioner, and brush your hair whilst it’s still wet to avoid the build-up of extra frizz.

The Shampoo Guide For All Hair Types

Living Proof No Frizz Shampoo, $14

How to use it: Massage gently into your hair from root to tip, and rinse with cold water. Use a towel to carefully dry your hair, and allow it to air dry slightly before applying a smoothing oil to those troublesome areas.

Coloured hair

Maintain your colour and shine (without booking another appointment at the hairdresser) and use a shampoo specifically for colour treated hair.

They are not as harsh as your usual shampoo, and won’t strip your hair or leave it dry and brittle. Otherwise your expensive colour is literally going down the drain.

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Malin + Goetz Peppermint Shampoo, $26

How to use it: Use as normal to damp hair to cleanse and remove any impurities. Rinse with cold water to maintain your colour and shine.

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March 8, 2015

The Best Shampoos For Dry Scalp

Anyone suffering from a dry scalp could tell you that picking up any old shampoo just isn’t in the cards. There are very few products on the market which are sensitive enough to use on a dry scalp every day without over-drying the rest of your hair. These shampoos are packed with essential vitamins which soothe an irritable scalp and put a stop to dandruff without over-treating the ends.

Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Moisturising Dry Scalp Shampoo 350ml, $8.00

Shampoos and conditioners which have an added Nutrium 10 technology are important to look out for if you suffer from a dry or flaky scalp. A specialised blend of 10 unique vitamins and minerals help to nourish hair to create stronger strands and a clean scalp.

Hope’s Relief Formula 2 Scalp & Hair Conditioner 200ml, $17.99

Dealing with dandruff and an itchy scalp seems like a nightmare if you’re not using the correct products. This specialised conditioner uses 5 active herbal ingredients which feed the scalp and stop future dry patches when used in moderation. Safe enough to use for the rest of your hair, this conditioner should be applied to the scalp and washed off after 2-3 minutes.

Organix Hydrating Macadamia Dry Styling Oil 100ml, $20

Macadamia oil hydrates and strengthens hair and is concentrated enough to use on both the scalp and ends of your hair. The formula softens problem areas and leaves hair feeling smooth and shiny.

Apivita Nourishing & Repairing Hair Mask for Dry Deydrated Hair with Almond and Honey 150ml, $29.99

Hair masks are a fantastic way to treat your hair 2-3 times a month, since they are super-hydrating and work to repair both your scalp and ends. This mask is packed with an antioxidant called rosemary infusion which repairs hair and acts as both an antiseptic and anti-irritant. Leave on for 3-5 minutes then wash off with lukewarm water. Perfect for anyone with an itchy scalp.

Appelles Blackseed Shampoo with Rosemary, Ylang Ylang, and Lavandin Super 150ml, $16.95

The lightweight formula is gentle enough to use every single day and will clean and nourish a dry scalp and almost any hair type. Massage gently into the scalp to remove excess oil and dead skin cells then wash off with lukewarm water.

What products do you recommend to treat a dry scalp?

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By Felicia Sapountzis

June 15, 2014