You should consider paraben free hair care products for a few reasons. Researchers in England have recently discovered paraben in breast tumors. Research has shown that parabens act like estrogen in the female body. Since breast cancer responds to estrogen, the research makes sense.
There are several types of paraben: Methylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Benzylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben. They are often used as preservatives in hair care and cosmetic products. When you start reading the labels, you will be amazed at how many products contain one or more parabens. If you want paraben free hair care products, you will have to get good at reading the labels on all the products you purchase.
Once you have identified which products are paraben free, you can begin to experiment to find your favorites. There has been a huge increase in people interested in organic and natural beauty products. Several major companies are releasing paraben free hair, skin and cosmetic products. Many reputable studies have demonstrated the negative effect of paraben and other chemicals in our bodies.
The CDC has found evidence of over 100 toxic chemicals in the blood and urine of people from all cultures and ethnic groups. As people become better educated about the potential dangers, they go looking for safer alternatives.
-Janice Johnson, founder of the Curly Hair Salon and editor of the Curly Hair Guide
P.S. If you’re looking for Paraben Free Hair care, StyleBell’s top five picks are: Jason Naturals, Kiss My Face, Aubrey Organics, Aveda and Yes to Carrots – available nationwide in drugstores and salons.
A lot of people don’t realize how much the skin absorbs chemicals – a report last year suggested that as much as 5lb of chemicals per year are absorbed through the skin. The places where the skin is most absorbent are where it is thin (eg the face, especially around the eyes) and where there are lots of hair follicles (ie the scalp). This is why you have to be especially careful with shampoo. Also, lots of shampoos contain Sodium Laurel Sulphide or related compounds which strip away the body’s natural defensive oils. Our family uses Miessence products which are certified organic to food standard. As far as I know they are the only company which certify to food standard – a more rigorous standard than the requirements for organic skincare certification.
Im looking for a hight end salon worthy hair care line.
I’ve just recently discovered that I’m allergic to paraben and am trying to find styling products for curly hair that are paraben-free. Unfortunately, every hair gel/creme I have used in the past 5 years contains paraben (including the Aveda Curl Enhancer, despite the recommendations above for Aveda products). The shampoos and conditioners are fine, but all the curly hair styling products that I know of have paraben. Does anyone have any recommendations for paraben-free versions?
Try the Prairie Naturals company out of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA. I use the volumizing shampoo which is free of sulphates, DEA and Paraben. I bought it at my local Planet Organic grocery store in Port Credit, Mississauga, Ontario.
I found the “Pure” hair care line at my local hair salon. (NOT “Purology”). It is not promoted as “paraben-free” but the shampoo I use does not contain either parabens or sodium laurel suphate. I have also used the “Pure” styling cream for curly hair (also paraben free); it works wonderfully but unfortunately I can’t tolerate its strong fragrance.
Very interesting. I have never used the Pure brand. Send me more info if you have it. We always like to be in the know here at StyleBell.
StyleBell Editor, Sapna Parikh