Today I want to introduce you to a new shampoo and conditioner line that I have been using by Hair Food! They are a paraben-free, sulfate-free, and dye free product! Click Continue Reading to find out more about how I’m feeding my hair!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hair Food. The opinions and text are all mine.
I once heard a quote that went something like this…your hair is the only crown you wear all the time. I think it stuck with me because we all know what having a bad hair day feels like right? I spend a lot of time keeping my hair healthy because using the wrong products can leave you with a lot of bad hair days.
My friends at Hair Food believe that what you put on your hair is as important as what you eat. That’s where Hair Food comes from! Hair Food is inspired by clean, simple, kitchen-crafted recipes full of ingredients you want to put in your hair and none of the things you don’t. No sulfates. No parabens. No dyes. No Compromises.
So to be honest, I’ve never totally looked into what parabens and sulfates are. I took a lot of Chemistry classes years ago in college, so I had heard of them, but I never related them to the products that I use daily. I always just knew they were “bad” for you. Here’s why.
Chemically, parabens are a series of parahydroxybenzoates or esters of parahydroxybenzoic acid. Unless you have a degree in chemistry you probably have no idea what that means, but they sound scary enough just looking at the words. In short, they are preservatives. They have been used for years to prevent bacteria and act as a preservative in deodorants, lotions, shampoos, and more. Sulfates are effective cleansing and foaming agents that can be found in toothpaste, shampoo, and body washes, and other products. Studies have shown that some parabens can mimic the activity of the hormone estrogen in the body’s cells and “Estrogen disruption” has been linked to breast cancer and reproductive issues. Sulfates are concerning because they were found to break down proteins, which can lead to a degenerative effect on the cell membranes. Sulfates were also found to leave residue in the heart, lungs, and brain. While, they are not totally proven to have a link to cancer, I think I would rather take the “better safe than sorry” approach. If you’re avoiding preservatives in your food, why would you use them in your hair products?
In regard to a hair product, parabens and sulfates can cause a number of problems including drying, irritating your scalp, fading your color, and even hair loss. Parabens can cause allergic reactions and react with the UV rays from sun, to cause your skin to age. As I mentioned above, sulfates are the “foaming agent” in shampoos. While they are good at cleansing, you don’t need all the bubbles and lather to really clean your hair. They can actually strip out the healthy oils from your hair which leads to dullness and dryness. No one wants that! To cut down on the damage to your hair, it is recommended to use a fruit or veggie-based product!
Which is where my Hair Food products come in! They have a few different product options based on your hair care needs, like Moisturizing, Purifying, Nourishing, and Smooth. I choose to try the Manuka Honey & Apricot Moisture Collection, because I live in Utah and the weather and dry air are hard on my hair! I also tend to be outside a lot, so I’ll take all the moisture I can get!
The Hair Food Moisture Collection has a paraben free and sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner, plus a hair mask. These products are infused with the gentle essences of sweet manuka honey and apricot. The sulfate free manuka honey recipe softens and smooths thirsty hair to leave your hair looking, feeling and smelling totally pampered. Who doesn’t also want their hair to smell fabulous too, right?
Another added bonus is the price point of these products! All of their products can be picked up at Target or Walmart or Kroger! The best part…they’re under $10! I stopped by my local Target to pick up mine! Here’s to happy, healthy, luscious hair! Happy Shopping!
Photos: Michelle Madsen