Hair Industry News
Tuesday October 8th 2013
With scary rises in cancer rates and other debilitating deceases, many of us are becoming more aware of what chemicals we are ingesting or putting on our bodies in the form of beauty products. From Shampoos to Cosmetics, Parabens and Sulphates oh my.
Click to read on about what these chemical ingredients mean to us.
I know that once I had kids, especially my daughter, I became very conscious of the exposure she will have in her lifetime to harsh chemicals like Parabens and Sulphates.
Parabens are the chemicals used as preservatives in cosmetics and beauty products. They are used for their bactericidal and anti fungal properties. Relatively in expensive, allowing it to be widely used. Parabens are also easily absorbed by the skin, and there is talk of evidence that they interfere with hormone production. However they have been found to mimic estrogen in the body, raising the normal levels, causing many health changes like cancer cells as well as a rise in the early onset of puberty in girls.
As women we are exposed to these parabens with every product in our daily beauty regime, daily.
Sulphates are the inexpensive detergents used in shampoo, facial cleansers, hand soap, household cleaners to give us that foamy lather we have become accustomed to. Although deemed safe in small concentrations like found in cosmetics, it is a carcinogen and known irritant.
Many companies are making changes in their beauty products to limit or eliminate these harsh chemicals. As you have probably noticed, many products are labeled "sulphate", "paraben" free.
At The Strand we want the best for our clients and families so we make a conscious effort to choose healthy products that still perform. Ask us and we'll be happy to help you make these decisions. This extends not just to our range of shampoo and styling products but also to the SST cosmetics we carry.
So as we learn and become more aware, it is refreshing to see companies making changes. For myself and my daughter it is important to read the label and make changes in our choices of cosmetics and hair products.