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Sulfates May Cause Organ Toxicity and Cancer, Protect Yourself and Family with Safer Natural Alternatives

Every time we suds up our beautiful locks we’re trusting in the products we use and the regulatory agencies that govern those products are keeping us safe; but what if our shampoo was doing more than just stripping our hair of grime, dirt, moisture, and essential oils. (WomensHealthMag) What if these products, our shampoos, we’re making us sick.
Bringing to light a question that has been under a lot of controversy– are sulfates safe? We know beyond a shadow of a doubt that sulfates can cause scalp irritations, cause or worsen eczema, dandruff, and other scalp conditions. (BestSaloninFredericksburgva) They also clog pores and can cause hair to become dry, brittle, and strip hair of color. (SulfateFreeShampoos) However recent studies have shown some more macabre possible side effects such as: organ toxicity, neurotoxicity, reproductive and developmental toxicity, as well as biochemical and cellular changes, mutations, and cancer. (SulfateFreeShampoos)

Sulfates are commonly used in medical trials to irritate skin for research purposes and are regularly in products like engine degreasers, floor cleaners, car wash soaps, bubble bath and of course shampoo. (BestSaloninFredericksburgva) Companies use sulfates because they are cheap, they work as a disinfectant agent, have unparalleled foaming abilities, they add softness to hair, and the chemicals in sulfates are good at breaking hard water. (SulfateFreeShampoos)

While the extreme side effects have not yet been proven, (Xovain) the “American Journal of Toxicology Studies concluded that a concentration of 10% – 30% sulfates can corrode the scalp and damage hair follicles, thus slowing hair growth, by as much as 8 times the normal rate of growth” (BestSaloninFredericksburgva) Most shampoos contain between 10% – 15% concentration of a sulfate ingredient. (BestSaloninFredericksburgva) Even though sulfates are still heavily regarded as safe, the best thing to do would be to stay away from them until the final word is given.

One of the earliest companies to break away from sulfates in haircare was WEN hair by Chaz.
Wen still remains the best product when looking at natural, sulfate -free, products that won’t damage or dry out hair. (ChazDean) Chaz’s line of products are made with natural products, never include other harmful ingredients like bleach, peroxide or irons. (ChaDean) Chaz’s devotion to a healthier lifestyle and healthier hair has kept the Wen line alive and strong as the most trusted sulfate free product for hair.To get updates follow Wen hair on Twitter. CHeck out their products on Guthy-Renker.

Resources

https://www.facebook.com/WENhaircare/

Kevin. Do You Need To Worry About Sulfates In Your Shampoo? (June 2, 2014). Retrieved September 18, 2016, from http://www.xovain.com/hair/do-you-need-to-worry-about-sulfates-in-your-shampoo

Sulfates — 7 Reasons They Are Bad for Your Hair. (2016). Retrieved September 18, 2016, from http://sulfatefreeshampoos.org/why-are-sulfates-bad-for-hair/

The Lathering truth about Sulfates in your shampoo (March 1, 2011). Retrieved September 18, 2016, from http://bestsaloninfredericksburgva.com/the-lathering-truth-about-sulfates-in-your-shampoo/

A. FORESTO. Should You Be Using a Sulfate-Free Shampoo? (April 1, 2015). Retrieved September 18, 2016, from http://www.womenshealthmag.com/beauty/sulfate-free-shampoo

ChazDean.com – His Philosophy. (n.d.). Retrieved September 18, 2016, from https://chazdean.com/aboutChaz/philosophy/