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Why Avoid Parabens?

by Michelle Lemire November 12, 2014

Why Avoid Parabens?

Image by Madison Reed

The jury may still be out on exactly how bad parabens are for your hair and your health, but one thing’s for sure, they’re definitely not good for you.

A controversial preservative said to prevent the growth of microbes, parabens are chemicals that can be absorbed through your skin, making their way into your blood and digestive system. The possible effects? Allergic reactions, disruption of hormone function, adverse effects to the immune system, and developmental and reproductive toxicity.

The Journal of Applied Toxicology has even reported findings that parabens have been found in human breast cancer tumors.

Many companies that produce cosmetics and personal care products use parabens because they are inexpensive and seem to improve the shelf-life of some products. However, there’s very little evidence to support the effectiveness of parabens as a preservative.

These are the reasons why Madison Reed doesn’t add parabens to our hair color formulas.

We re-engineered hair color to replace harsh ingredients that are traditionally used in the coloring process with ingredients that are better for you and gentler on your hair, leaving it healthier with longer lasting, salon-quality results.