I've been sulfate free for 5 years. It was strange at first because there was no lather. Now I have been silicone free for 1 month (unless I missed something in the ingredient list on my conditioner bottle), and my hair looks touchable and the curls are so moist! I wish I knew about silicones and sulfates years ago!

Here's and article that talks about what silicones and sulfates do to your hair.
Controlling Curls, Curly Hair Do's and Don'ts

I am currently washing my hair with L'Oreal EverCreme Intense Nourishing Conditioner.