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What Are Sulfates and Parabens?
Sulfates are quite popular as an ingredient in lots of cosmetic and cleaning products, including your shampoos and conditioners. A shampoo that contains sulfates typically has a concentration of around 15 percent. But not many people realize the effects this ingredient can have on their hair and scalp.
Parabens are water-soluble chemicals that act as broad-spectrum anti-microbials and anti-fungals in the water-continuous phase of a formulation. They are the most utilized preservative packaged in cosmetic products. They are typically used as mixtures containing several or all of the following parabens: methyl-, ethyl-, propyl-, and/or butylparaben. The function of these mixtures is to enhance the efficacy of the preservative package, while allowing the cosmetics chemist to use as little as possible of the chemicals in her formula. Parabens are loosely thought to be carcinogenic, having been found in samples of breast tumors but no direct link to parabens causing cancer has been made. Typically, a product contains as little as 0.15 – 0.3 percent paraben by weight.
Effects of Sulfates and Parabens on Your Hair
Sulfates and Parabens can have really negative effects on your hair and some of them are:
- Dry hair and scalp.
- Scalp irritations.
- Fading hair colour.
- Hair loss.
- Hair frizziness.
Benefits of Sulfate-Free and Paraben-Free Hair Products
When switching from your regular shampoo to a sulfate-free shampoo, there may be a few minor things that you will need to get used to.
The first thing that you are going to notice about sulfate and paraben-free shampoos is that they do not lather. You may also notice that after switching over to your new, sulfate-free shampoo that your hair tends to feel oily a lot faster than it used to. All in all, protecting your hair from potential damage is well worth adapting to the changes that come along with using a sulfate-free and paraben-free shampoo!
Here are some of the benefits of using a Sulfate-free and Paraben-free shampoo:
- Reduces chances of inflammation and irritation in scalp
- Increases moisture in hair
- Improves and retains hair’s natural oils
- Retains hair’s dyed-color for a longer period of time
- Prevents scalp from absorbing harmful chemicals
So, what are you waiting for? Try Grace of Galway’s sulfate and paraben-free hair products now!
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