Sulfate-free vs Paraben free shampoo

In recent years Parabens and Sulfates have continued to stir up much debate in the beauty world.

Recognised throughout the beauty industry as chemical nasties and found in a number of popular shampoo brands, there are many benefits that come hand in with cutting Paraben and Sulfate based products out of your hair care regime.

Instead, you should opt for Sulfate free and Paraben free shampoos.  Trust us, you’ll never look back!

Here’s our helpful guide outlining the difference between Sulfate-free and Paraben free shampoo.

But what are Sulphates?

Found in a huge range of soaps, shampoos and shower gels, Sulphates are synthetic, inexpensive detergents that are effective at removing dirt. They also create the soapy lather that we expect when washing our hair.

Are they good for you?

Products that contain synthetic detergents have been proven to dry out the hair, irritate skincare conditions such as Eczema and irritate sensitive skin.

Why opt for a Sulfate-free shampoo?

Although you won’t be able to enjoy a noticeable ‘lather effect’ when washing your hair, Sulfate free shampoos are a much healthier and gentler option to products that contain synthetic foaming agents.

However, as these products are much gentler on the skin, you will have to give your hair two washes to achieve the results that you are used to…

What are Parabens?

Parabens are preservatives that are also used in a number of different beauty and cosmetic products however, there has been a significant amount of research that have linked Parabens to serious conditions such as Breast Cancer.

The good news is that there are a whole host of Paraben free shampoos that will allow you to enjoy the same softness, shine and manageability that you are used to, without the risk.

With this in mind, there’s no surprise that there has been an increase in demand for shampoos and conditioners that are Sulphate and Paraben free, and there’s very little difference between them…

Both Paraben and Sulphate free shampoo and conditioner offerings use carefully selected natural extracts in order to nourish and clean your hair! In fact, many of the Paraben and Sulphate free shampoos and conditioners can actually improve the softness, strength and shine of your hair, whilst protecting the hair and scalp from the effects of aging.

And remember to achieve optimum results, don’t forget to combine your shampoo with a Paraben and Sulphate free conditioner too!

Of course, like all beauty and cosmetic products, the Paraben and Sulphate free shampoo and conditioner that is right for you will depend on your hair type, your hair care concerns and the current health of your hair.

There’ s a huge range of products out there, so it’s certainly worthwhile doing your research to determine the right products for you.


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