New Wash From Hairstory

Industry veteran Michael Gordon perfects his detergent-free formula for soft, clean hair

It takes a hair industry veteran to call out the fact that almost every shampoo on the market has detergent (aka sodium lauryl sulfate) in it—an irritant that strips and dries hair, fueling the perpetual cycle of buying products like conditioners, masks and treatments. These are unnecessary band-aids that don’t solve the problem, argues Bumble and bumble founder Michael Gordon. After Estee Lauder acquired the …

Five Sulfate-Free Shampoos

A mix of old and new brands with unique formulas and a considered ingredient list

The sulfate-free debate is a tricky one that often results in a lot of suds and no clear answer. Though omnipresent in most drugstore goods like soap, toothpaste and shampoos, only recently has the public become more aware of the nature of sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and its chemical sibling sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)—the inexpensive detergents that create all the lather and bubbles to effectively …