Sulfates to avoid include:
One key to having healthy hair is to not over wash it. You want to use the least cleansing method/methods that work for your hair.
Alternate ways to clean your hair. This list is moving from least cleansing to most cleansing. Once you have used one of these methods, condition and style as usual.
Water Washing- To water wash, you wet your hair and scrub the scalp with the pads of your fingers. Scrub a lot. If you are used to shampooing, you will have to scrub a whole lot more then you normally do. When you think you are done, scrub more. Water washing is cowashing without the conditioner. Water washing adds less moisture to your hair then cowashing. If cowashing is too moisturizing for your hair, swap some or all of your cowashes with water washing. Do not use water washing as your only method of cleaning your hair. You must also use one of the other methods listed below. Update: Water Washing only can work for wavies, but you have to follow a specific method. I'll write a blog post in the future about how to do this.
Cowashing (conditioner washing)-To cowash, you use conditioner instead of shampoo. Scrub the roots of your hair with conditioner. Use the pads of your fingers and not the nails. Scrub more then you would with shampoo. When you think you are done, scrub some more. Continue scrubbing as you rinse your hair. This helps the water from the shower reach the roots of your hair and makes it easier to get the conditioner rinsed out. If you cowash exclusively, you must be careful not to put anything in your hair that cannot be removed by conditioner. Here is my post on which ingredients to avoid.
Below is my video demonstrating a cowash in a sweatshirt. I showered in sweatshirts to help all the wavies learn to cowash. I hope you appreciate it. :)
Cleansing Conditioner- This is a conditioner with mild cleansers in it. The cleansers mean it gets your hair cleaner then cowashing. One example is Curl Junkie Daily Fix
Condition Wash Condition (CWC)- Coat the ends of your hair with conditioner. You can either go from the ears down, or just skip the first few inches. Wash the roots of your hair with shampoo. This method helps protect the dry ends of your hair while cleaning the roots. Try to keep the shampoo and conditioner separate. When you have rinsed, condition your hair.
Low Poo (non sulfate shampoo)-Sulfate free shampoo is milder then shampoos that contain sulfates.