If you’re clued in on trends in beauty, you’ve most likely heard about Paraben & Sulfate free shampoo’s – there are people that are swearing by them, and you may be wondering whether it’s time for you to join the bandwagon.
So really, what’s all the fuss about?
What is Sulfate?
You know that thick lather we all love when using a shampoo.. Well, it’s basically produced by a chemical called sodium lauryl sulfate, which is a detergent and crystalline salt of sulfated lauryl alcohol. It is a surfactant; a product that diminishes surface tension amid a liquid and a solid. This surface tension lessening is what produces the thick lather. As surface tension gets removed, the fence between your hair and shampoo is purged, enabling sodium lauryl sulfate to rid your hair of oil and dirt.
However, sulfates are actually very harsh on your scalp – while they do rid hair of oil and dirt, their toxic nature harms your scalp by inhibiting hair growth, which can trigger hair loss and hair thinning. Sulfates can also cause irritation of the eye.
What are Parabens?
Parabens are basically preservatives used to increase the shelf life of shampoos, as they prevent the growth of bacteria and fungus. It is of different types, mainly; butylparaben, methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben and isobutylparaben. However, parabens cause skin irritation and skin conditions like dermatitis and rosacea.
Additionally, parabens are termed as phytoestrogens as they attach themselves to estrogen receptors – their effect on estrogen has been linked to higher chances of breast cancer.
Sulfate and paraben free shampoos keep your hair moisturised and they don’t contain any harsh toxins that are hard on your scalp.
So next time you walk into a store looking for a shampoo, don’t forget to check the label. Make sure it’s Paraben & Sulfate Free!
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