If I recall correctly, the majority of the complaints about Burt's Bees shampoos being rough on hair was before they revamped their entire line. The list for Very Volumizing Pomegranate Shampoo Laura posted has only 3.

Very Volumizing Pomegranate Shampoo
aqua (water, eau), sodium bis-hydroxyethylglycinate coco-glucosides crosspolymer, sodium cocoyl alaninate, glycerin, disodium cocoyl glutamate, oryza sativa (rice) extract, hydrolyzed jojoba proteinsodium cocoyl hydrolyzed soy protein, punica granatum seed oil, origanum vulgare leaf oil, thymus vulgaris (thyme) oil, arginine, parfum (fragrance), sodium lauroyl lactylate, sodium cocoyl glutamate guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, lauryl lactyl lactate, sodium chloride, lactic acid, sodium polyaspartate, leuconostoc ferment filtrate, xanthan gum, ascorbic acid, citric acid, potassium sorbate.

Some pages with info:
Poly Suga®Betaine C / Sodium Bis-Hydroxyethylglycinate Coco-Glucosides Crosspolymer (sodium bis-hydroxyethylglycinate coco-glucosides crosspolymer)

sodium cocoyl glutamate - Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary: Cosmetics Cop Expert Advice

Sodium Cocoyl Alaninate - Buy Sodium Cocoyl Alaninate,Alanine,Cocoyl Alaninate Product on Alibaba.com

DISODIUM COCOYL GLUTAMATE || Skin Deep® Cosmetics Database | Environmental Working Group

Chemical of the Day - Q&A - Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate &*MSM - "There has only been one published study done on the ingredient. They found that a blend of Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate was more gentle on skin than a blend of Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Coco Betaine."

This, on the other hand, is their old Super Shiny Grapefruit & Sugar Beet Shampoo's ingredients (containing 6 "gentle" surfactants): water, decyl glucoside, lauryl glucoside, coco-glucoside, glyceryl oleate, glycine soja (soybean) protein, coco-betaine, honey, sucrose laurate, betaine, glycerin, hydroxypropyltrimonium honey, glucose, citrus grandis (grapefruit) seed extract, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel oil, citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel oil, citrus tangerina (tangerine) peel oil, citrus aurantifolia (lime) oil, zingiber officinale (ginger) root extract, citrus reticulata (tangerine/petitgrain) leaf oil, xanthan gum, glucose oxidase, lactoperoxidase

The sucrose laurate is also a foam booster and emulsifier. Anyway, with only 3 surfactants in the newer shampoo formulas, they might be worth trying.
Originally Posted by Geek_Chic
Geek_Chic, thank you so much for replying this elaborately. I read all the sources you listed and the only one that worries me is Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, so I'm still undecided. I'm wondering what other curlies would do: get it or leave it?
F - LP - HD - NE
Fine, low porosity, high density, normal elasticity
Hairtype 2c

Low poo: Petal Fresh Organics Rosemary & Mint Volumizing Shampoo
Protein: Colorful Neutral Protein Filler
Detangler/RO: KCKT (winter) or Curl Junkie Beauticurls Argan & Olive Oil (summer)
Styling: KCCC

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