For women in particular this is a very important question and one that can potentially have life changing consequences. The apparent toxicity of many chemicals in personal care products is of great concern.
Choosing a salon that offers natural products is a welcome alternative.
Sodium lauryl sulphate is one of the chemicals to be aware of. It is the detergent element of a formulation and is a sudsing agent.
In its final report on the safety of sodium lauryl sulfate, the Journal of the American College of Toxicology notes that this ingredient has a “degenerative effect on the cell membranes because of its protein denaturing properties.” What’s more, the journal adds, “high levels of skin penetration may occur at even low use concentration.”
Parabens are a group of compounds widely used as anti-microbial preservatives in food, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics products, including underarm deodorants. Parabens are absorbed through intact skin and from the gastrointestinal tract and blood. Measurable concentrations of six different parabens have been identified in biopsy samples from breast tumors. The particular parabens were found in relative concentrations that closely parallel their use in the synthesis of cosmetic products.
Parabens have also been found in almost all urine samples examined from a demographically diverse sample of U.S. adults.
Parabens have been shown to be estrogen mimickers, binding to the cellular estrogen receptor (ER). They also increase the expression of genes that are usually regulated by estradiol and cause human breast tumor cells (MCF-7 cells) to grow and proliferate in vitro.
The only professional hair care product on the market now which is both sulphate and paraben free is Kevin Murphy, originally form Australia. The company now has a manufacturing plant here in the United States but has to meet strict ingredient standards.
Hair stylist themselves how constantly have their hands in shampoo and conditioners all day long are potential at a higher risk of developing irritations, sensitivities and certain cancers. It is very evident that it is totally unnecessary to include these and many more synthetic, harmful chemicals that have a negative effect on the body. These ingredients are cheap and fast to manufacture there by boosting profits for the companies promoting them. Educating ourselves on these and other organic and natural alternatives would, I believe be not only beneficial for the environment but for our own health.