I rebonded by hair 3.5 years. In 6 months, my hair fall was so bad that I could see my hair everywhere in the house. Mr Boy thought I might end up being bald. I had no intentions to use any doctor prescribed medicine because most work but stop doing anything the moment you stop taking pills. I thought of trying ayurvedic options so, I rushed to Patanjali but the shampoo was not much effective for me. I did a lot of research and found that converting to sulphate free might be the answer. Luckily, at the same time Body Shop launched their Rainforest Shampoo. The awesome silky feeling you get right after you shampoo was missing. But, I knew why it was that way so, continued using it. Now after more than 2 years of use, my hair is denser, hardly any falls. Finding even 10-20 hair after a heavy oiling session seems like an achievement for my Mom. LOL!
I am surely never going back to SLS shampoo. Now here is my trouble. The only SLS-free shampoo I have used is...you guessed it correct......TBS Rainforest. Now right after they have hiked their price, I am seriously considering a replacement.
The ones I have heard to be sulphate free and available in India so far are
1. Lass IHT 9 Hair Regrowth Shampoo
The reviews I heard about it made it feel like it is something that came out of 'samudra manthan'. People claimed this to be that magical. But, it felt that only one person has written all about it! I really want to try this out.
Ingredients - Plantapon SF*, Rose Water (Rosa Damascena), Dehyton KT* (Cocoamidopropyl Beatine), Lamesoft PO 65* (Coco Glucoside & Glyceryl Oleate), Bhringraj Ext. (Eclipta alba), Jatamansi Ext. (Nardostachys Grandiflora), Fenugreek Ext. (Trigonella Foenum Graecum), Neem Ext. (Azadirachta Indica), Shikakai Ext. (Acacia Concinna), Ritha Ext. (Sapindus Mucorosai), Amla Ext. (Emblica Officinalis), Aloe Vera Ext. (Aloe Barbadensis), Saw Palmeto Ext. (Serenoa Serrulata), Henna Ext. (Lawsonia Inermis), Cocoa Ext. (Theobroma Cacao), Lemon Ext. (Citrus Limon), Citric Acid, Genapol LT, Potassium Sorbate.
Price 245 INR for 200ml
2. Rustic Art
It lathers up a lot. In fact, few doubted that it might not even be natural. It comes in two variants - in two varieties - Herbal & Aloe. Both are biodegradable.
Ingredients - Demineralized water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine (coconut oil extract), Ascorbic acid, Disodium cocoamphodiacetate, Hydrolyzed Wheat protein, Aloe Vera Juice, Sodium Cocoyl essential oil Blend/Herbal oil blend, and AOS - a plant derivative used as a surfactant.
Price 290 INR for 200ml
3. Soulflower Shampoo Bar
They look like those from Lush but comes in a fixed size of 150gm and also is free of sulphates. Comes in three variants.
Let Your Hair Down for hail fall
Ingredients - Lemon essential oil, fresh ginger, coconut milk, Vitamin E, glycerin, aqua, black castor oil saponified oils of olive, coconut, castor, palm & palm kernel.
Rosemary Lavender for normal to oily hair
Ingredients - Rosemary & lavender essential oils, jojoba oil, almond oil, butterfly pea herb, shikakai, Vitamin E, shea butter, glycerin, aqua, saponified oils of olive, coconut, castor, palm & palm kernel.
Sandalwood Geranium for dry hair
Ingredients - Geranium & sandalwood essential oils, jojoba oil, almond oil, shikakai, aloe vera, Vitamin E, glycerin, aqua, saponified oils of olive, coconut, castor, palm & palm kernel.
Price - INR 200 to 250 for 150ml
4. Organic Surge
The famous UK brand comes in lot of variants in India. Surely, there will be one for you. I am only listing the ingredient for the most loved one variant - Moisture boost.
Ingredients - Aqua (Water)*, Cocamidopropyl Betaine*, Sodium Coco-Sulfate*, Decyl Glucoside*, Lauryl Glucoside*/Stearyl Citrate, Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate*/Lauryl Glucoside, Coco-Glucoside*, Aqua*/Chondrus Crispus, Phenoxyethanol/Benzyl Alcohol/Potassium Sorbate, Parfum*, Aqua*/Sucrose Laurate/Alcohol, Glycerin (Veg)*, Sodium Chloride*, Tocopherol*, Citric Acid*,Geraniol, Limonene. *naturally-derived ingredient. Naturally occurring within essential oils.
Price - Rs 595 for 250 ml but available with some discounts at major online stores.
5. Johnson Baby Shampoo
I have used it but it dries my hair very badly. Also, recently many harmful products were also found in the shampoo. I could not find the ingredients list for the Indian one. I could find that in the USA website but then the ingredients might differ from the Indian one.
Ingredient for product retailed in USA - Water, Decyl Glucoside, Cocoglycerides, Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Fragrance, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide
Are you aware of any SLS free shampoo? Have you tried any of these? Anything that worked? Please share.
EDIT - 20 Sept 2013 - After 8 months of trying different options for SLS free, I have written a post about my journey and discovery of a cheap and effective alternative. Please read - Being Sulphate Free (Part 1) | Cheap and Effective SLS Free Shampoo In India