If you’ve already made the switch to sulfate-free shampoos, now is the time to upgrade your current haircare lineup with a sulfate-free conditioner to match. Sulfates, including Sodium Laureth or Lauryl Sulfate, are the two main toxic chemicals used in shampoos, soaps, and conditioners that allow the product to foam and lather. Sure, I love a good lather, but the downsides are more of a turn off than you may think. The nice foamy texture may be satisfying, but it’s actually doing more harm than good to your hair—especially if you have chemically relaxed, highlighted or color-treated hair.

Sulfate-infused hair products severely dry out the hair follicle, causing damage and worsening existing split ends and breakage. These chemicals are also the culprit of causing premature fading to hair color and turning blonde highlights brassy. Like sulfate-free shampoos, sulfate-free conditioners are far less damaging to your hair and scalp, which means your hair stays healthier and your color stays more vibrant in between hair salon appointments. Check out below to see some of our favorite sulfate-free hair conditioners to keep your hair hydrated and healthy without all of the toxins.

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