The Dame Answers: What Are Sulfates And Parabens, What Do They Do To Your Hair?
Posted: Apr 19 2017
Hi Dames, so I wanted to address a couple very important terms a lot of brands use. They throw around these terms sulfate free and paraben free but what does that mean? What the heck is a sulfate and why is it free? Sulfates are cheap/harsh detergents placed in shampoos for several reasons. First- they create a sudsing effect, that makes people think its cleaning their hair. Technically it is. However its the same ingredients that are in dish soap, detergent, surface cleaners! Yes it is cleansing but very harsh. Do you want to wash your hair with the same ingredients your washing your dishes with? I think not. It can wear your hair down over time and leave it completely stripped of its natural oils.
Parabens are a preservative used in cosmetics to prevent molds and harmful growths to the formulas. It gives our products shelf life. Very little amounts of parabens are actually in the formulas but they became on high radar alert when traces of these parabens were found in breast cancer tumors. Mostly because of products used on the skin and deodorants. As far as hair is concerned companies have responded to the demand of products without these potentially harmful ingredients. Therefore there are several options for us Dames out there now.
When it comes to hair extensions and hair color being high demand for constant use we should always be mindful about what’s in them. Sulfates can strip your hair color and make your extensions fall out. Parabens can cause cancer. So.. sulfate and paraben free are the way to go across the board. Below are a couple of options I love!
Dames, I hope this was informative. Clean living!
The Hair Dame