The 10 Best Sulphate Free Shampoos for Fine Hair in 2021

Boost volume and vitality in fine hair without harsh detergents by choosing sulphate-free shampoos.

Leave your locks fresh and clean without resorting to harsh cleansing agents: ditching sulphates is the kindest thing you can do for your hair. If you have fine hair, it’s important to choose the right sulphate-free shampoo to deliver a thorough cleanse. We’ve curated some of our top picks for the job.

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"It's hard to find good shampoos that leave the hair feeling clean but not squeaky, help add volume but also help to hydrate and smooth frizziness as well. This shampoo delivers on that, all while smelling like musk lollies! Lathers beautifully, considering it's sulfate-free, and doesn't irritate my sensitive scalp, even with daily use. Love love love." - Grace ★★★★★

KEVIN.MURPHY Angel.Wash is a bestselling shampoo developed specifically to fulfil the needs of damaged, fine, or thinning hair. Perfectly balancing an effective cleanse with nourishing properties, this sulphate-free shampoo effortlessly removes impurities while balancing and protecting the scalp and hair follicles.

KEVIN.MURPHY Angel.Wash is bursting with soothing ingredients to neutralise irritation and strengthen vulnerable hair. To protect the hair from environmental aggressors and irritants, this gentle shampoo carefully blends Green Tea Extract with Sunflower Seed Extract, both rich in antioxidants that shield the scalp and hair. This shampoo also contains Oat Protein to boost fullness and volume in thin and fine hair. Hydrolysed Wheat Protein works to enhance strength and shine.

With its weightless formula to maximise body and lustre in fine locks, KEVIN.MURPHY Angel.Wash can be used daily without stripping hair of essential nutrients and oils.

"I was skeptical at first when I purchased this at the recommendation of my hair dresser after dying my hair. I suffer from dandruff and oily roots, with dry ends and this is the first shampoo I have been truly impressed with. Although a little pricey in comparison to supermarket shampoo, I definitely noticed the difference in the strength of my hair, no more split end or breakage of hair and do not use a lot per wash - about a 50cent piece for my shoulder length hair!" - Lily ★★★★★

The ultimate haircare treatment to rebuild bonds in damaged and fine hair, for fuller and healthier locks. Olaplex No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo 250ml is a staple of the Olaplex range, which is designed to purify, repair, and protect damaged and vulnerable hair types. Crafted with revolutionary Bond-Building Chemistry, this cleansing treatment actively rebuilds and strengthens bonds to create fuller and healthier locks. Olaplex’s gentle shampoo not only works to improve hair’s health but also will remove impurities. The nourishing and hydrating formula delivers maximum body and lustre.

Developed to work with other Olaplex products, Olaplex No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo 250ml should be applied after Olaplex Hair Perfector No.3 Home Treatment has been rinsed out. Follow withOlaplex No.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner 250ml. This 3-step system works perfectly for all hair types but is particularly effective at caring for damaged, colour-treated, fine, and thinning hair.

With its highly concentrated, sulphate-free formula, this Olaplex shampoo works effectively to cleanse hair and improve manageability without stripping out essential moisture.

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"Received a couple samples of this - my hair feels so silky soft after using it and smelled beautiful - definitely won't be going back to supermarket shampoo after this" - Ka ★★★★☆

KEVIN.MURPHY Blonde.Angel.Wash has been formulated specifically for blonde and platinum hair. This colour-enhancing shampoo not only offers a gentle cleanse to remove everyday impurities but also will tone brassy and yellow hues. The lightweight, sulphate-free formula is particularly beneficial for those with fine, thinning, or damaged blonde hair.

This calming shampoo is enriched with soothing botanicals to protect, nourish, hydrate, and cleanse hair. A vitamin-rich complex of Murumuru Butter, Shea Butter, and Mango Seed Butter delivers instant hydration and shine to blonde hair. Essential Fatty Acids improve elasticity and fullness. Lavender Flower offers a thorough cleanse, while Jojoba Seed Oil nourishes both the hair and scalp. To restore colour vitality and neutralise brassy tones, KEVIN.MURPHY Blonde.Angel.Wash is infused with Sunflower Seed Oil.

Perfect for everyday use, KEVIN.MURPHY Blonde.Angel.Wash is a must-have for protecting and brightening blonde hair. Use regularly to replenish vitality, fullness, and shine, and to keep locks looking vibrant and fresh.

Replenish and Detangle Knot-Prone Fine, Color-Treated Hair

"i have been using this shampoo and conditioner for around 6 months. i recently gave a different shampoo a go(that also had great reviews) , but have since returned to this one. in my opinion nothing compares to Pureology. I have fine hair which can get dry at the ends quite easily, but with the Pureology Hydrate shanpoo my hair has never been in better shape. the shampoo smells divine. I wont be changing from this brand again." - Kascha ★★★★★

Replenish and Detangle Knot-Prone Fine, Color-Treated Hair

Keep coloured hair cleansed and hydrated with this lightweight shampoo, perfect for fine hair. Pureology products are tailored specifically to the needs of coloured hair, maintaining vibrancy for longer while conditioning and repairing the damage done during the colouring process.

Pureology Hydrate Sheer Shampoo is a gentle, everyday shampoo, perfect for both coloured and fine hair, boosting lustre without stripping out essential moisture. This sulphate-free shampoo has been formulated with Pureology’s exclusive AntiFade Complex, which guarantees a thorough cleanse without muting colour or vibrancy. Hydrate Shampoo also contains a cocktail of natural plant extracts including Rose, Sandalwood, and Green Tea. Rich in antioxidants, these botanicals protect locks from environmental aggressors while naturally conditioning and hydrating the hair.

Pureology Hydrate Sheer Shampoo also delivers a stunning fragrance of Ylang Ylang, Bergamot, Anise, and Patchouli to your tresses. With Pureology, you can indulge in a spa-like experience from the comfort of your own home.

"Started using this product a few months ago, and had previously used the Angel range. I find this is a great wash for fine and limp hair. I like to lather and let it sit for a minute while I shower to let the suds really get in there. Since using using this range with the adjoining conditioner I have found that my hair looks and feels healthier. I have also found that my hair seems to grow quicker when I use anything from Kevin Murphy, I feel like its the quality of the ingredients and the products that facilitate healthy hair growth. I think its also good value for the amount of product you get and find that a little goes a long way!" - Belle ★★★★★

A volume-boosting, thickening shampoo to enhance fullness in fine and thinning hair. KEVIN.MURPHY Plumping.Wash is the ultimate thickening shampoo to enhance fine and thinning hair. Actively increasing the growth period of hair, this sulphate-free shampoo both thickens and lengthens hair. Locks are left thoroughly cleansed and revitalised, with a healthier and fuller appearance. This gentle, daily cleanser is formulated with a blend of peptides and plant extracts that deliver essential nutrients and vitamins to each hair follicle. KEVIN.MURPHY Plumping.Wash is also boosted with eyelash-thickening technology, which works by swelling the hair strands for a fuller appearance.

Nettle Extract and Ginger Root Extract promote healthy hair growth and reduce hair loss, while Oleanolic Acid repairs damage caused by hair loss. Rice Proteins and Rice Amino Acids increase hair volume and hydration. Aloe Leaf Juice promotes shine to revive lacklustre locks. Every ingredient in KEVIN.MURPHY Plumping.Wash is carefully selected to ensure a gentle but effective cleanse with a strengthened and revitalised outcome.

"I received a sample and took it with me on an overnight trip. I didn't take my usual hair oil that I put in after I wash my hair that is the only thing that helps reduce my frizz. After using this shampoo and not putting in my anti-frizz oil, I noticed my hair wasn't frizzy at all. It feel like it really hydrated my hair, therefore, reducing frizz on its own. The smell is really nice and the scent lingers too." - Kira ★★★★☆

Traditional shampoos are packed with harsh cleansing agents, which can dry out and dehydrate the hair and scalp. But O&M Hydrate and Conquer Shampoo has an intensely nourishing, sulphate-free formula, perfect for locking hydration in dry hair. Formulated to stimulate hair growth, this shampoo has a lightweight texture that’s suitable for all hair types, including fine and thinning hair. To provide ultimate hair restoration, O&M Hydrate and Conquer Shampoo is bursting with nourishing hydrators. These ingredients deliver an instant moisture surge while strengthening locks for improved hydration retention. This O&M shampoo also contains high concentrations of antioxidant Vitamin C and Green Tea, which protect hair from environmental aggressors while boosting hair strength and renewal. To stimulate healthy hair growth, O&M has added Tasmanian Sea Kelp, a supercharged ingredient infused with vitamins A, B, C, and E as well as 13 amino acids.

Count on O&M Hydrate and Conquer Shampoo to remove impurities gently while leaving your hair in top condition.

"Cleans my hair beautifully without stripping it and making it feel dry. Controls and helps an oily scalp and makes my hair feel fresh! Loved this shampoo" - Katerina ★★★★☆

A rich shampoo to nourish, protect, and revitalise colour-treated and damaged hair. Coloured hair needs extra TLC to stay healthy, safe from further damage, and resistant to fading. KEVIN.MURPHY Balancing.Wash is a rich, nourishing, sulphate-free shampoo for coloured and damaged hair that may be normal to oily. Boosted with antioxidants and hydrators, this daily shampoo promotes healthy hair growth and delivers instant lustre and fullness for a healthier-looking do. KEVIN.MURPHY Balancing.Wash has a rich, nourishing formulation to deeply penetrate hair without weighing it down or stripping it of essential nutrients. Green Tea Leaf Extract provides high antioxidant protection against environmental onslaughts and particularly UV rays, which can damage hair and cause colour fading. This colour-safe shampoo also contains Superoxide Dismutase to prevent oxidation and Grapefruit Extract to restore shine. Perfect for hair that’s on the oily side, Balancing.Wash shampoo blends Ylang-Ylang Flower Oil with Sage Leaf Extract to regulate sebum production and balance a greasy scalp.

KEVIN.MURPHY Balancing.Wash is suitable for everyday use. Reach for this cleanser regularly to keep hair protected and nourished.

"Love this product. I have wavy/thick hair and this product cleanses my hair and leaves it smelling gorgeous. I also love the conditioner. Both work very well together. It tames the frizziness in humid temperatures." - Tahlia ★★★★★

Banish frizz for good with this smoothing shampoo that’s perfect for over-processed and fine hair. Frizz can affect all hair types and textures. If you have fine-to-medium hair and suffer from frizz, Kérastase Discipline Bain Fluidealiste 2 Shampoo is the perfect solution. This gentle but effective, sulphate-free shampoo works to lightly smooth sensitised and over-processed hair to reduce frizz and flyaways. Hair will be softer, smoother, and more manageable in no time. Kérastase Discipline Bain Fluidealiste 2 Shampoo has a unique, pro-keratin formula that strengthens and restores damaged hair, especially in humid weather conditions. This daily anti-frizz shampoo is also enriched with Amino Acids and Wheat Protein, which smooth the hair follicles for a supple touch. Perfect for fine and thinning hair, Kérastase Discipline Bain Fluidealiste 2 Shampoo effortlessly removes impurities without disrupting the natural moisture barrier or essential nutrients within the hair strands.

If you want to discover more about the Kérastase range, read through our guide, What Kérastase Products Should I Use?

"I have been using this shampoo in combination the Repair Me Rinse, and I couldn’t recommend this more. Makes your hair shiny and soft ! It was recommended by my hairdresser over 3 years ago, and I have been buying it ever since!! It’s a must have ;)" - Julie ★★★★★

A restorative treatment to replenish dry and damaged hair while removing impurities. KEVIN.MURPHY Repair-Me.Wash is the ultimate treatment to restore and replenish dry and damaged hair. Perfect for colour-treated, sun-damaged, and fine or thinning hair, this shampoo is infused with high concentrations of protein to strengthen and restore hair, leaving it feeling healthier and fuller. Designed to completely reconstruct damaged locks, KEVIN.MURPHY Repair-Me.Wash contains a unique complex of protein-rich Bamboo and Silk Amino Acids. These ingredients encourage healthy hair growth and cellular renewal while increasing shine and manageability. This KEVIN.MURPHY shampoo also contains anti-inflammatory Papaya to smooth the surface of the hair. And Green Pea Protein nourishes and replenishes hair for maximum hydration.

Gently removing everyday impurities, this sulphate-free treatment shampoo is best used to restore vitality and strength to hair that’s feeling particularly distressed.

"Does exactly what it says, also lessens the frizz in my hair on rainy days. Must say i haven't had a bad hair day since using this Shampoo and Conditioner combo!" - Madeline ★★★★★

An intensely nourishing shampoo designed to counteract dry and humid weather conditions. ELEVEN Hydrate My Hair Moisture Shampoo is a deeply hydrating shampoo designed to nourish dry and dehydrated hair while removing impurities. Offering a gentle, sulphate-free cleanse, this shampoo is suitable for all hair types, including fine and thinning hair. ELEVEN Hydrate My Hair Moisture Shampoo has been formulated to counteract the effects of harsh weather on hair, whether it’s the dry Aussie heat, brutal cold, or frizz-causing humidity. This fortifying hair cleanser removes everyday pollutants, irritants, and impurities without stripping hair of essential moisture and nutrients. ELEVEN Hydrate My Hair Moisture Shampoo is also infused with strengthening Hydrolysed Wheat Proteins and Hydrolysed Wheat Starch, which help protect the hair from environmental aggressors and reduce dehydration.

Suitable for everyday use, ELEVEN Hydrate My Hair Moisture Shampoo offers intense hydration to create more manageable hair, regardless of the level of damage. Dry, brittle locks will be transformed into a luscious, full, and healthy mane.

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This article has been updated on 12/02 to replace discontinued products with our recent product recommendations. Gemma from our Customer Service team has helped to bring you our most recommended products and up-to-date information.

So, let's recap the 10 Best Sulphate Free Shampoos for Fine Hair

  1. KEVIN.MURPHY Angel.Wash

  2. Olaplex No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo 250ml

  3. KEVIN.MURPHY Blonde.Angel.Wash

  4. Pureology Hydrate Sheer Shampoo

  5. KEVIN.MURPHY Plumping.Wash

  6. O&M Hydrate and Conquer Shampoo

  7. KEVIN.MURPHY Balancing.Wash

  8. Kérastase Discipline Bain Fluidealiste 2 Shampoo

  9. KEVIN.MURPHY Repair-Me.Wash

  10. ELEVEN Hydrate My Hair Moisture Shampoo

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