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We started with a clear conviction when we started HairFood Co., "create products that promote healthier hair
without the negative ingredients"
The shocking truth is most haircare products nowadays have the three ingredients "sulfates", "paraben", and "phthalates". These are ingredients infused in most hair care products for decades but are now controversial because of their adverse effects to users.
What are Sulfates?
Sulfates are an additive to cleaning products that causes the foaming action commonly associated with soaps. The most common sulfate is sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), found in most shampoos and conditioners. Used primarily as a foaming agent, a sulfate combines with water to emulsify grease, dispersing it into the water so that it can be washed away. Sulfates also act as a surfactant, a substance that reduces the surface tension of water, helping your shampoo loosen the grease and sebum from your hair and scalp.
However, sulfates can be harmful. Sulfates are also used for cleaning products like household soaps and detergents. If you have particularly sensitive skin, sulfates may increase your sensitivity, causing irritation. "Though sulfate-based shampoos do effectively clean the hair, they can also strip the hair of essential oils as well as irritate the skin," cosmetic chemist and BeautyStat founder of Ron Robinson told Glamour.
What are Parabens?
Parabens are the most widely used preservatives in personal care products — stopping fungus, bacteria and other microbes from growing in your favorite products, especially in the moist, warm environment of a bathroom.
Their names are a mouthful: methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, and isobutylparaben. You’ll find them listed on thousands of personal care products such as shampoos, mascara, foundations and body lotions. But over the past few years, a debate has been building among scientists, product safety regulators and cosmetic manufacturers about whether these chemicals may actually be harmful for your health.
Parabens has estrogenic qualities. Research has shown parabens don't cause cancer, only that they were easily detected among cancerous cells. Paraben could be detected in the blood and urine of users a few hours after products with parabens were applied to skin. It means that these chemicals could be absorbed, metabolized and excreted, they could potentially contribute to adverse health effects.
There's ongoing policies that in the next 10 years, parabens will be phased out. That may not be so much because of conclusive evidence as consumer demand.
What are Phthalates?
Phthalates are a group of chemicals used to make plastics more flexible and harder to break. They are often called plasticizers. Some phthalates are used as solvents (dissolving agents) for other materials. They are used in hundreds of products, such as vinyl flooring, adhesives, detergents, lubricating oils, automotive plastics, plastic clothes (raincoats), and personal-care products (soaps, shampoos, hair sprays, and nail polishes).
Phthalates is the name given to a group of compounds that has numerous side effects and should be avoided strictly by everyone. Typically, more flexible is the plastic, higher the number of phthalates in the product. Because phthalates are not chemically bound to the plastics to which they are added, they are easily released into the environment.
Phthalates are endocrine disruptors. The following are some of the problems linked to phthalates:
The exposure of Phthalates in the womb of the mother has been associated with abnormalities in the reproductive tract, especially decreased Ano-genital distance. Phthalates appear to cause more damage to male reproduction when the exposure occurs during male fetal development. Continuous exposure over the lifetime has shown an association of Phthalates with sperm motility and concentration, thus might be one of the contributing factors increasing cases of infertility in Males. One study has shown an association between Phthalates and pre-pubertal breast development in girls. Phthalates levels were found to be higher in pregnant females with complications when compared to those with normal pregnancy. High exposure to phthalates in the womb of the mother was associated with increased chanced of inattention (ADHD), rule-breaking and aggressive behavior, headache, stomachache and muscular tension more so in boys than girls.
What HairFood Co. is doing?
In HairFood Co., we aggressively find ways to replace chemicals that pose to be of risk to the users. We've collaborated with trusted chemists to use alternative ingredients that support nature-inspired formulations. We believe that beautiful and healthier hair can be achieved with more research, better ingredients and the power of nature.