Are sulfates the same thing as parabens?
No, they are not. However, you may have also heard some negative buzz about parabens. Parabens are a type of preservative mixed into hair care products to help prevent mold and bacteria, ultimately prolonging the shelf life of these products. We’re still learning what kind of effects parabens can have on people, but for now, parabens are considered potential endocrine disruptors. Endocrine disruptors are natural or human-made chemicals that may mimic or interfere with the body's hormones (our endocrine system).While current analysis concludes that they are safe at the levels presently used in other cosmetic products on the market, the long-term impact of parabens continues to be researched, so we do not use parabens in any of our hair color and care formulas.
Three of the most common parabens also have “paraben” in their name, making them easy to spot—butylparaben, methylparaben, and propylparaben. However, parabens can also be listed as alkyl parahydroxy benzoates, so keep your eyes peeled when you read those ingredient lists.
Sulfate-free and paraben-free shampoos
While sulfates have been present since the invention of shampoo, it’s time to move past using it in shampoos simply to boost the sudsy factor, and instead look for more hydrating, sulfate-free options that make your hair look and feel healthy. Sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner are gentler on color-treated hair while still cleansing and nourishing the hair.
While there are many gentle hair care formulas on the market, it will come as no surprise that we think our NEW ColorSolve™ Customizable Shampoo + Conditioner is the best color-safe shampoo and conditioner set that also happens to be sulfate free. Tested by our own colorists, we’re proud that our shampoo and conditioner are not only sulfate-free but free of parabens.
Our new ColorSolve™ Customizable Hair Care System is designed to respond to the needs of both your hair type and hair color. This sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner set—plus patent-pending Color Depositing Shot—gives your hair exactly what it needs, plus adds vibrancy and reduces color fade. Choose between the following sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners best suited for your hair goals: