Best Sulphate-Free Shampoo for Hair Extensions

Do I need to use Sulphate-free shampoo to wash my clip-in hair extensions?

The sulphates in shampoo are what makes the product lather when mixed with water. These sulphates however can strip the hair of any natural oils. Once your hair has natural oils removed, it produces sebum (hair oil) to ensure it is retaining moisture and replace any oils lost in washing. Often, this can make your hair appear oilier faster and you will need to keep washing your hair more often.

As hair extensions are not attached to our scalp, the sulphates will dry out the extensions with no replaced natural hair oils post-wash. This will ultimately strip the extensions of their moisture, making them brittle and dull in colour.

If this is your first time using a sulphate-free shampoo, you might find that your hair feels slightly dryer than usual after washing. This is completely normal! It is your hairs way of retaining the natural moisture in the scalp without over-producing hair oil. After a few weeks of a sulphate-free routine, you will notice a difference in the texture and quality of your hair and hopefully won’t have to wash your hair as regularly!

We have rounded up our favourite sulphate-free shampoo to keep your extensions looking luscious for longer:

Maui Moisture Curl Quench+ Coconut Oil Shampoo

Not only does this product smell AMAZING but it is also available in high-street retailers with an affordable price tag. It is perfect for those with natural curls or those following the ‘curly-girl’ method. It avoids any nasty substances and helps to release your hair’s natural movement by hydrating and encouraging the natural curl pattern in the hair.

Matrix Keep Me Vivid Sulfate Free Shampoo

Our ultimate favourite every-wash shampoo. It’s affordable, keeps colour treated hair looking vibrant and smells like vanilla and coconut. It is specially formulated for colour-treated hair, sealing in the colour and banishing impurities. It combats colour fading and leaves your hair feeling purified and detoxed; with no added sulphates or silicones it will keep your extensions feeling soft and cleansed. 

Fanola No Yellow Vegan Shampoo- Best Purple Shampoo

The Fanola No Yellow Vegan shampoo is the perfect toning agent for your blonde hair, promising to remove any unwanted yellow tones from your beached or lightened blonde hair with minimal damage. This shampoo is perfect for whitening brassy blondes, however, can be VERY strong. The packaging instructs to leave the product on the hair for around 5 minutes, but make sure you gradually build yourself up to that each time you use the product; you don’t want purple stripes through those blonde locks! Use this shampoo around once a week to keep the brassiness at bay and always ensure you strand test the toner first.

Olaplex No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo 

Over-processing hair with frequent colouring, chemical treatments and heat styling can leave your hair feeling brittle and prone to breakage. Olaplex rebuilds the disulphide bonds in your hair increasing moisture levels and strengthening the hair structure (disulphide bonds gives your hair its elasticity, natural shape and strength). The patented colour-safe formula helps to preserve the quality of your colour to prevent fading and oxidisation. Due to the higher price of this product, we wouldn’t use it regularly. However, if you were looking to ‘fix’ or detox your damaged hair or grow out your natural locks, Olaplex is your go-to product!

Check out our Ultimate Hair Care Guide with Hair and Beauty expert, Alyson Peacock.