A Good SLS-free and Gentle Brand of Shampoo?

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Q: I recently decided to get away from using sodium lauryl sulfate-containing shampoo and conditioner. I have very fine, oily hair, so going the hardcore “no ‘poo'” route is not going to work for me. I bought the JASON brand organic, fragrance-free stuff. Within a few days, my scalp starting itching like crazy, flaking, and (most distressingly) developing painful little sores. To add insult to injury, my hair looks and feels dull and unhealthy since using this brand…

I would have thought that this shampoo and conditioner would be ~less~ irritating to my sensitive scalp than the regular stuff, especially since it’s fragrance-free. I’m giving it the good old college try and want to at least use up the bottle, but it’s getting to a point where I dread lathering up in the mornings.

What is going on?! Has anyone else had a problem with this brand? Is there something in it that I may be having an allergic reaction to? Can anyone recommend another SLS-free brand that is super-gentle (and ideally, won’t cost me $10 a bottle)?

Sent by Laura

Editor: Laura, so sorry to hear about all the trouble you’ve been having! Unfortunately, most of the SLS-free shampoos that we have either tried or heard good recommendations about, like John Masters Organics, are more than $10. But there are a few other brands we know of that are more affordable and might be worth checking out: Burt’s Bees, Alba Botanica, Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Peppermint Castile soap, and LUSH solid shampoos. (The SLS-free ones are Karma, Komba, Seanik, Soak & Float, Squeaky Green, and Ultimate Shine.)

You can also check out some of our past posts on this topic:

We want to hear from our readers! What SLS-free shampoo recommendations do you have for Laura?

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