Wednesday, October 2, 2013

SLS-free Hair Care

Switching from sodium laureth/lauryl sulphate shampoos is the best thing I've done for my hair. I've been using the Organic Care Normal Balance Shampoo and Conditioner line since the start of the year but when I looked into trying something new, all the brands I'd heard good things about- Schwarzkopf, Organix, John Freida, Clear Scalp, Pantene and Dove had sls's. So I repurchased Organic Care but L'Oreal's Hair Expertise line recently popped up and has started gaining momentum and I bought the EverStrong Reconstruct line to try.

L'Oreal Hair Expertise's Sulfate-Free Fortify System EverStrong Reconstruct Shampoo and Conditioner are really nice. They cost about $13 apiece, which is a step up from the Organic Care bottles which cost about $3 each. The L'Oreal Expertise range has a range of different scents depending on the hair type- the EverCreme line smells like caramel and vanilla, while the EverStrong line smells like rosemary, mint and juniper. I considered purchasing the EverSleek range (because argan oil is the ingredient du jour) but that line is geared towards 'unruly, frizzy hair' and mine is normal, if anything slightly frizzy. The EverStrong Reconstruct line is for frizzy, damaged hair, which I think my hair would benefit from because my usually-thick hair has been losing a bit since I grew it out. 
I read some reviews about people complaining that it doesn't lather. I'm surprised- I think it lathers considerably, given that it doesn't contain the sls surfectants which cause the foam (and strip the scalp). It cleanses well and leaves the hair feeling soft and sleek. While haircare products with sls's used to make my hair feel clean, I found they irritated the scalp and caused small sores similar to pimples but since making the switch I haven't had that issue. I don't feel like it leaves any residue to build up (like Herbal Essences does) and it smells pleasant and refreshingly different to the generic scents.

I did like the Organic Care Normal Balance line- for a cheap supermarket brand it works really well but to cater for a wider range of hair types and conditions, the L'Oreal Expertise range nails it.


  1. You got me intrigued with SLS-free shampoo! I might fork out for one just to try it for the novelty ... though generally I opt for the massive Pantene blocks when they're half price and have that keep me going for about half a year. I kind of regret not picking up some SLS-free shampoo when PL had 40% hair care - it didn't even occur to me!

    1. I was so tempted to get the EverSleek line in PL's sale! But my local doesn't stock these so I bought the shampoo from Big W for $10 and the conditioner in the regular catalogue sale for 30% off. They're on sale increasingly often though- I saw them in Woolies at 2 for $20. I liked Pantene Aqua Light but not enough to stick with it. The Tresemme bottles are always on sale too!