5 Reasons Why You Should Switch to Sulfate and Paraben Free Hair Products

David Glover April 16, 2019
Many people are starting to make the switch from traditional shampoos and conditioners to all-natural hair products.

Why are they making this switch? One of the biggest causes is down to the public’s increasing concern surrounding the artificial chemicals used in the creation of haircare products by the big beauty brands. The apprehension surrounds two key ingredients which are sulfates and parabens.

Sulfates are surfactants which make your shampoo turn into a creamy lather when applied to wet hair. Once a gel-like shampoo turns to a thick lather, the shampoo can then get to work at removing oil and dirt from your hair. Conversely, parabens are preservatives that help prevent the growth of any fungi or bacteria in shampoos. They had previously thought to have been safe, having been used in hair care products for 70 years, but now scientists have discovered possible issues surrounding their safety.

Let’s take a look at the top 5 reasons customers are moving away from sulfates and parabens, and why you should too.

1. Sulfates can cause hair loss

Yes, you read that correctly, haircare products with sulfates in can actually lead to hair loss. This is because, although sulfates have the ability to clear oil and dirt from your hair, they are toxic and cause damage to hair follicles. This leads to inhibited growth, resulting in both hair loss and hair thinning.

According to this study sodium lauryl sulfate is the one ingredient to be particularly vigilant against. Make sure to check your shampoo label and see if it's listed.

2. Sulfates can cause irritation of the scalp, eyes, and face

Sulfates can be particularly harmful if you have a sensitive scalp or skin. They can cause irritation such as redness, dryness, and itching. Haircare products with multiple sulfates can also cause irritation of the facial areas, including the eyes.

In some cases, where sulfates are used in over 2% concentration, they can even cause scalp acne. This study found that using sulfates increased the production of comedones, which can develop into painful zits when inflamed.

3. Parabens have been linked to breast cancer

There have been many conflicting studies about the possible carcinogenic properties of parabens. It started in 2004 when a British study found parabens in 19 out of 20 breast cancer patients, sparking fear that parabens cause breast cancer. That study has since been rebuked, but increasingly people are wary and several more recent studies confirm earlier suspicions about how parabens interact with the body.

The concern is based on the way parabens behave in the body. They attach themselves to estrogen receptors, possibly causing the body to over-produce estrogen, which is one of the main causes of breast cancer.

4. Parabens cause irritation of pre-existing skin conditions

If you suffer from eczema or other similar skin conditions, then it is best to stay away from parabens as they can cause an allergic reaction when they come into contact with inflamed skin. This is why they are never used in topical skin treatments such as hydrocortisone cream, and yet they are continually used in haircare products.

In a small number of cases, they have even caused the same allergic reaction on normal skin. So they are best avoided, even if you don’t have a pre-existing skin condition.

5. Sulfates and parabens remove natural moisture from the hair

Whilst sulfates and parabens help to remove oil and grease from the hair and scalp, when used over a long period of time, they can remove the natural oil produced from your scalp leading to hair dryness. Sulfate and paraben-free haircare products help to protect that moisture which promotes healthier hair that is less prone to breakages and split ends.


As you can see there are many potential downsides to using haircare products such as shampoos and conditioners that contain sulfates and parabens. There is no need to take the risk of using such products when they are plenty of 100% natural haircare products out there, delivering the same results without the negative side effects.

All of Martinsson Kings Hair Products are paraben and sulphate free. They protect your hair from heat and styling damage, are color and keratin safe while being vegan, gluten and cruelty free. They only contain sustainable ingredients that are safe for you and the planet.
David Glover

Written by David Glover