Why Paraben and Sulphate Free Hair Care?

Paraben and sulphate free labelled products are popping up on shelves.  Why? What does this mean for us?

Paraben and Sulphate Free Hair Care


The beauty industry is avoiding parabens and sulphates. Plenty of "sulphate free" and "paraben free" labelled products are popping up on shelves. Parabens and sulphates are chemicals which are commonly found in beauty and cosmetic products. These ingredients have been around for decades but recent research has shown that they can do more harm than good.


Sulphates are a harsh chemical detergent which help your soaps to foam and lather up when using them. They are everywhere and can be found in everything from shampoos to toothpastes! Companies will add these to products because they are cheap and super effective for cleaning dirt and grime.

Whilst they do a great job in cleaning the grease and build up from your hair, they will also harshly strip your hair of its essential natural oils. These oils are important to keep your hair smooth and glossy. When you use shampoos which contain sulphates, you might find that your hair will feel dry and brittle.

Similarly, sulphates can damage your hair extensions with prolonged use.When sulphates are used with human hair extensions, the extensions will have a much shorter life span. Hair extensions will shed more, tangle easily and feel rough.

Sulphates can cause drying to your skin as well especially if your skin type is sensitive. They may also make your scalp feel dry and irritated, sometimes even causing hair loss!


Parabens are a group of chemicals which have been added to products such as shampoos, lipsticks and deodorants. They are added to prevent nasty bacterial growth and help the products stay fresh and last longer.

When you apply products containing parabens, your skin absorbs and metabolizes the chemicals. Researchers have found parabens inside breast cancer tumours and  have learned that parabens also promote the growth of breast cancer cells.

It's important to remember that sulphates and parabens may not affect you in small amounts BUT they may be detrimental to your health in the future with repeated use.

Paraben and Sulphate Free Hair Care

Luckily, many substitutes and alternatives are now used in commercial products. Using paraben and sulphate free hair care products will help you keep your hair and extensions healthy and glossy. This will also prevent hair colour fading and lock in the natural oils in your hair. Using good quality products will protect hair from the elements and keep you healthy.

A wide range of sulphate and paraben free products are available on the market including ZALA's hair care range. The ZALA hair care range has been designed to be used safely on hair extensions and on natural hair without any harsh or harmful chemicals.

Read more about ZALA's hair care range here!


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August 20, 2018
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