I have been a faithful subscriber of the Curly Girl Method for two years now. Do not get me wrong, I have altered it to appease my hair’s needs but when it boils down to it, I am a lover of the method and one of the biggest reasons is because I am not a fan of shampoo. There is more to the method than ditching shampoos or using a sulfate-free shampoo. One of the biggest components of the method is keeping your hair moisturized by removing shampoos or at least cleansers with harsh surfactants that mean our curls no good! 

Shampoos are formulated with detergents that cling to the dirt, pollutants, sweat, and product buildup in your hair and help to remove it. Cleansing your hair is essential to healthy hair but does it always have to be done with a shampoo? Also, is lather even necessary? It seems as soon as I build up a lather my hair begins to tangle. The less lather the better and I know there are plenty of other curlies in the same boat. I want my tresses cleaned but without the harsh sulfates, silicones, and that lather, so if you are on board with me then I have 15 gentle yet effective cleansers that keep not lather!

Hair Rules Daily Cleansing Cream Moisturizing No Suds Shampoo

A moisturizing shampoo formulated with water, cetyl alcohol (emollient), butylene glycol (humectant), and behentrimonium chloride (conditioning agent). Sulfate, paraben, and cruelty-free, this shampoo is great for parched strands.

Miss Jessie's Creme De La Curl Cleansing Cream

Water, cetyl alcohol (emollient), cetrimonium chloride (emulsifier), and hydrogenated castor oil are in this ultra-conditioning cleaning cream. A daily curl wash for dry, parched, damaged, used, and abused tresses.

As I Am Coconut CoWash Cleansing Conditioner

A favorite among curlies, this coconut cowash starts off with water, coconut extract, tangerine extract, cetyl alcohol (emollient), cetrimonium chloride (emulsifier), and cetearyl alcohol (fatty alcohol). Get clean hair with a gentle but effective formulation that goes all the way down to the follicular level. It is extremely creamy and leaves your hair feeling luxurious.

Purely Perfect Cleansing Crème

Get silky, shiny hair from the water, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, cetearyl alcohol (fatty alcohol), cetyl alcohol (emollient), and glycerin that make up the first ingredients in this cleansing crème. A creamy shampoo for all hair types that requires no lather to get your curls clean, soft and manageable.

NYC Curls The Curl Cleanser

Perfect for all curl types, this sulfate, silicone, and paraban-free cleanser has water, cetyl alcohol (emollient), isopropyl palmitate (palm oil based emollient), behenalkonium chloride (fatty acid), butylene glycol (humectant), and cocamidopropyl betaine (foam booster from coconut oil). No lather, no harsh detergents, and safe for daily use and for color-treated tresses.

DevaCurl No-Poo

Water, cetyl alcohol (emollient), glycerin, behentrimonium chloride (conditioning agent), isopropyl palmitate (palm oil based emollient), and polyquaternium-7 (detangler) come together as the first ingredients in this sulfate-free, no-fade, zero-lathering cleanser. It will amazingly hydrate and cleanse your strands while fighting frizz to keep your curls looking their best.

EDEN BodyWorks Coconut Shea Cleansing CoWash

No suds and no worry from this coconut shea cowash that has water, aloe vera leaf juice, cetyl alcohol (emollient), propanediol (preservative-boosting humectant), shea butter and coconut oil as the first ingredients. Remove all the dirt, gunk, and residue to promote a healthy hair environment.

Carol's Daughter Hair Milk Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner

With water, cetyl alcohol (emollient), glycerin, cyclopentasiloxane (conditioner and adds slip), behentrimonium methosulfate (mild hair detangler) and agave tequilana stem extract you are well on your way to dream hair. It is the perfect cleanser for hair begging for moisture and full of tangles.

Organic Root Stimulator Herbal Cleanse Hair and Scalp Cleanse Shampoo

Raved for eliminating hair residue and odor without creating unwanted suds, this shampoo has SD alcohol 39-C (antifoaming agent), water, glycerin, lavender oil, basil oil, and aloe barbadensis leaf juice.  The aloe vera helps to calm and sooth your scalp and dries quickly unlike other dry shampoos.

Curls Curlicious Curls Cleansing Cream

Water, sodium cocyl isethionate (surfactant), sodium methyl cocoyl taurate (mild, anionic, vegetable oil), cocamidopropyl betaine (foam booster derived from coconut oil), steric acid, and glycerin make up the first ingredients in this gentle, creamy cleanser. Gentle enough to use daily and will moisturize your curls like a champ. Great for chemically altered or color treated tresses.

Macadamia Oil Flawless Cleansing Conditioner

We all want flawless hair so you may want to give this cleaning and conditioning product a try if you are fine with silicones. With water, cetearyl alcohol (emollient), isopentane, dimethicone (silicone) glycerin, and decyl glucoside (mild non-ionic surfactant). Easy and fun to use with its pump action that promises to bring back balance to your curls.

Palmer’s Olive Oil Formula Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner

This all in one cleansing cream starts off with water, cetyl alcohol (emollient, emulsifier, and thickener), glycerin, and palm oil based emollient, polyquaternium-7 (detangler) and behentrimonium chloride (conditioning agent). It deeply cleans, conditions and even detangles without the lather, dryness, or frizz.

Karen's Body Beautiful Delicate Do No Poo Lather Free Hair Wash

Purified water, vegetable glycerin, vegetable wax, aloe vera, echinacea, nettle extract, and horsetail extracts round up the first ingredients in this non-lathering, gentle cleanser that provides maximum moisture and makes detangling a breeze. Amazing for thirsty curls!

Wen Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner

A favorite among many, this sweet smelling, cleansing conditioner has water, aloe vera gel, and glycerin, chamomile extract, cherry bark extract, and calendula extract as the first ingredients. A universal cleanser that has the perfect balance of herbs and natural ingredients to cleanse your hair and scalp without sacrificing the beauty and integrity of your tresses.

SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Co-Wash Conditioning Cleanser

Water, coconut oil, shea butter, mango seed butter, olive fruit oil, and wheat germ oil make up the top ingredients in this ultra-cream favorite of many. Remove all the dirt, grime, and gunk without sulfates and without stripping those precious oils our curls crave. Softens, moisturizes, and slays frizz like a beast!