Friends, the search is over. I repeat—over. After countless bad hair days and near daily inquiries from readers, I can finally recommend a 100% sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner with enthusiasm. Rahua isn’t just sulfate-free good, it’s one of THE best hair care lines I’ve ever used good—even better than my chemical-laden go-tos. It’s also made with 100% natural, 100% vegan, certified-organic rainforest-grown ingredients. After experimenting with the Jet Setter Kit, a combination of the Voluminous Shampoo + Conditioner (not voluminous—too lightweight turned out to be the ticket. My hair has never looked better. Even Mr. Bets commented, then helped himself to the Rahua buffet in the shower.
Sulfates are the big buzz word right now in hair care. The lathering agent that leaves your hair squeaky clean is also a potentially harmful chemical that’s used in car washes, as garage floor cleaners, and as engine degreasers. You can only imagine the harsh effects it can have on your hair. But sulfate-free shampoos take take some getting used to. They don’t foam up, they often feel more like conditioner than shampoo, and not all are created equal. I’ve tried some that make my hair look limp and drab and leave it feeling dirtier than before I washed it. Awesome. But so far, Mr. Bets and I have been enjoying the new Onesta haircare line—and he is pickier than I am about shampoo. Minneapolis-based Onesta’s plant-based formulas are free of parabens, sulfates, propylene glycol, colors, dyes, and other synthetic ingredients. My favorites from the collection include the Volumizing Shampoo ($12), Volumizing Foam ($16), and Quench leave-in conditioner ($16), which so great for detangling or softening curls. But I’m totally curious to know what someone who’s never used sulfate-free products thinks of these. If that’s you, leave your name below because Onesta has offered to give the ENTIRE line to one Beauty Bets reader! So generous. UPDATE: Congrats to Rona, the winner of this giveaway!
P.S. – Onesta is sold online or through salons only, so click here to find one in your area.
Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009.