These days it’s hard to tell what is safer, your shampoo or hazardous waste.
The difference? Educating yourself on what products are right for your hair type. What is great for one person can seem toxic to another and you really don’t want to find out the hard way, although, with much trial and error, most seem to find their way.
The biggest concern is Sulfates and Parabens, two ingredients found in shampoos and almost all beauty products including, but not limited to; body wash, lotions and cosmetics. These are arguably two unnecessary ingredients that do more damage than good.
Sulfates are what makes a shampoo lather. There is no evidence that sulfates are carcinogenic; however, because of their harsh chemical makeup, they can be an irritant to your scalp and strip your color and natural oils.
Parabens act as a preservative and inhibits the growth of bacteria in most beauty products. There is much controversy on whether these directly cause cancer. “Researchers from the University of Reading in the UK found that virtually all 99 percent of the tissue samples collected from women participating in the study contained at least one paraben, and 60 percent of the samples contained no less than five parabens.” – Huffington Post
This reads, to me, that a healthy breast is a Paraben-free breast and in almost all cases (99% to be exact) there are Parabens found in the breasts that are cancerous.
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Clarifiers: These are crucial in removing excess buildup on the hair. Clarifying is harsh on the hair and it can, and will, fade both wanted and unwanted color. These are only meant to use once a week if needed at all.
Volumizing Shampoo: These are a little less harsh than clarifiers but do not offer much in terms of moisture. Volumizers are designed to be weightless, therefore, no oils are added and are generally safe for extensions.
Hydrating Shampoo: Hydrating means adding in moisture to repair and replenish dry, damaged ends. These will add a bit of weight to the hair which can be necessary for curly, frizzy hair textures, looking for the added moisture.
*Sulfate-free shampoos may not lather as well as what you are used to. There may be an adjustment period, but after a few washes you should see it cleans just as well and without irritation.
Daily Conditioner: Meant to be used every day, daily conditioners offer slip to the hair while giving it moisture and manageability. Not too heavy or too light. Meant to be rinsed.
Masks: Designed for hair that needs extra moisture and weight. Best for curly and coarse hair types. Very heavy and will make fine hair limp and weighted.
*Cheap conditioners can have a lard or a wax base, can leave buildup or leave it feeling greasy or unwashed-looking.
Always ask your hair stylist what they recommend for you. We are industry professionals and are educated on the benefits of these products.