Parabens and sulfates explained! What are they and why you want to ditch them

We’ve heard it: parabens and sulfates are nasty. But why is that? We'll tell you what parabens and sulfates are, why you want to avoid them and what to use instead. Stopping to use shampoos with sulfates and parabens is a simple tweak to your hair care routine, yet it will make the difference. Especially those with sensitive scalps or dull hair can benefit ditching parabens and sulfates in shampoo. 

What are parabens?

The cosmetics industry has been adding parabens for decades: special preservatives that inhibit the growth of bacteria and fungi and thus extend the shelf life of creams, shampoos, lotions and Co. So basically, parabens are a good thing. You can easily recognize them on the list of ingredients by their ending - paraben, for example, methyl paraben, ethyl paraben or propyl paraben. 

Why avoid parabens?

The chemical substances have long been suspected of triggering allergies and having a hormonal effect on the body. The reason: parabens are very similar to the female sex hormone estrogen and, as soon as they are absorbed and absorbed through the skin, can upset the hormonal balance. So far, however, this has only been demonstrated in animals. In male rats, for example, parabens reduced fertility. The idea is creepy anyway. In addition, studies have found that the chemical substances accumulate in the body over the years. Not that nice either. If you want to be on the safe side and have very sensitive skin, you should avoid these substances - especially during pregnancy. 

What are sulfates?

Sulfates are salts derived from sulfuric acid that clean and foam well. Therefore, they are found in almost every cosmetic that comes in contact with water. In shampoos, toothpaste, liquid soap or washing gel, for example. They are very reliable in removing any dirt. 

Why avoid sulfates?

The problem with these surfactants, however, is that the sulfur salts have a rubbing effect and they often remove dirt and grease so aggressively that the protective layer is damaged. Hair and skin are thus dried out in the long term. In addition, the chemical foam quickly irritates the skin, which can lead to redness. On the list of ingredients, you can usually recognize them as Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS) or Sodium Pareth Sulfate (SPS). Especially with colored hair, which is already more stressed anyway, you should avoid this chemical substance. In sulfate-free cosmetics coconut surfactants are often used instead: Although they do not foam so well, they clean just as efficiently. You can recognize them by names such as Coco Glucoside and Lauryl Glucoside. This makes the hair feel fresh and clean just as good. In addition, it is definitely a nicer idea to rely on environmentally friendly substances from nature rather than on chemical nasty's.

What to use instead?

Treat yourself to a good shampoo without parabens and sulfates.  In addition, try to go to rehab from being a slave to a daily shampoo routine. Skip washing as much as possible, use a Dry Shampoo Compact Powder instead to freshen up. After all, washing with shampoo is not the only way to make greasy roots disappear. By using dry products on dry hair you can help re-pump the life back into your style without starting from scratch again. Result. #LAZYBUTGENIUS

At STYLEDRY we are committed to change your hair routine with our revolutionaire products. Life is not always about spending time on your hair, we want to do bigger things than that. 

STYLEDRY products help you to get rid of greasy roots and straggly ends without washing.  

PS: Our Dry Shampoo products are free from parabens and sulfates. Learn more...


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