Parabens are an inexpensive antifungal used in various products, including food. You can find Parabens in most all commercial shampoos, toothpaste, moisturizers, personal lubricants, topical pharmaceuticals, deodorants and many skin care products. Parabens can be identified by various names: methylparaben, butylparaben, and ethyparaben.
Sodium Laurel Sulfate also known as Sodium Laureth Sulfate is another inexpensive chemical that is commonly used in personal care products such as shampoos, toothpaste, soap and money other personal care products. Sodium Laurel Sulfate is also used in degreasers, and for clinical testing on animals and skin to determine it's effectiveness on irritated skin. Sodium Laurel Sulfate is so dangerous because of it's potential to absorb rapidly and deeply through the skin into the body.
Sodium Laurel Sulfate can cause the skin to severely dry out and the hair to fall out due to damage to the hair follicle. It is a corrosive and very drying. SLS has also been linked to cancer causing carcinogens.
There have been studies pro and against the use of parabens. Many studies declare that parabens are not healthy for you because of: Their ability to mimic the estrogen hormone. Estrogen in high levels has been known to cause certain types of breast cancer. Parabens have even been found in certain types of breast tumors. Potentially causing developmental problems and studies have also found that after prolonged periods of parabens on the skin through exposure from creams and lotions, the risk of the parabens being ingested through the skin is greatly increased. Studies and have also shown that parabens can be linked to premature aging of the skin and hair.
Not only is TWIG very against Sodium Laurel Sulfates and Parabens for the obvious reasons, they are dangerous to you, your body, and also the health of your HAIR! Putting these toxic chemicals onto your scalp and your hair cuticle can lead to be very very drying and/or also break your hair, and perhaps worse.