Hairfood Co., Philippines’ fast growing hair care brand recently held a blog conference in Cagayan de Oro to share the brand’s mission to the bloggers who attended the mini conference.
Though I have been using the products (Shampoo, Conditioner, essential oils such as the argan, rosehip, sunflower, and the weekend oil), I didn’t want to let the opportunity of hearing what they have to share about the brand so I was definitely grateful to have been invited to the event. It was such an eye opener and we all went home filled with knowledge about the brand and most of all, the chemicals we unknowingly put onto our hair/body that actually harms us, jeopardizing our health. Interesting!
Because hairfood co is focused on producing haircare products that does not result to eventual hair damage and health hazzards, I think it was great that they went their way to educating us about the main contents of the hair products we commonly use. I wasn’t really big in checking what’s in the hair products I use but after the blogcon, I realized I should be more vigilant to every product’s content regardless if it’s food or personal effects. It’s alarming how naive most of us are, and how we unconsciously put our health to peril by using hair products that contains Paraben and Sulfates.
Paraben and Sulfates? WTH are those? Well, to help you understand better, Here’s a short info about them.
The Truth About Paraben and Sulfates
What is Sulfate?
When you wash your hair with most shampoos, you will most likely work up a thick lather (love it! right?). This thick lather that many of us love to see or feel, is actually produced by the sodium lauryl sulfate placed in the shampoo. Sodium lauryl is a detergent and crystalline salt of sulfated lauryl alcohol. Sodium lauryl sulfate is a sulfactant; a sulfactant is a product that reduces surface tension between a liquid and a solid. This reduction in surface tension is what produces the rich lather. Once surface tension is removed, the barrier between your hair and the shampoo is eliminated, enabling the sodium lauryl sulfate to rid the hair of oil and dirt.
What are Parabens?
Parabens are used to preserve many shampoos’ shelf life. It is a preservative and it is used to prevent the growth of bacterial and fungus in shampoos. There are many different types of parabens, namely, butylparaben, ethylparaben, methylparaben, propylparaben, and isobutylparaben. For over seventy years they have been used as preservatives but recently scientists have begun to question their safety. Sulfates are known irritants that are harsh on the scalp and hair. Recent studies have found it to be more toxic than previously realized. Parabens can cause allergic reactions and exacerbate some skin conditions. With all the doubt being cast on the safety of sulfates and parabens, it is wise to switch to a sulfate and paraben free shampoo.
Me with the beautiful ladies from Hairfood Co. and Hairfood Co ambassador Vic (vicmadz.com)
Why switching to Sulfate and Paraben free Shampoos is beneficial:
Sulfate may have the ability to get rid of oil and dirt but recent studies have found that it is toxic and carcinogenic. Sulfate has been found to be one of the key culprits of hair loss and thinning hair, it actually destroys hair follices and inhibits growth.
Increased levels of estrogen causes breast cancer an it has been found that parabens actually attach themselves to estrogen receptors, the result that paraben causes a weak estrogen effect on the body. This is why they are referred to as phyoestrogens. This may or may not cause breast cancel depending on which research you believe but why take the risk? When you can simply switch to paraben free shampoos.
Parabens have been linked to the irritation of skin conditions such as dermatitis and rosacea. It also causes allergic reactions in some small children.
I can go on and on but I leave it all up to you ladies to search and actually learn more about these chemicals we put into our system EVERYDAY!
On a personal note, I am glad that I was introduced to hairfood co. by my friend Vic (vicmadz.com) because I have been looking for hair products that will save me from hair fall and dryness because it’s heavily colored. My hair’s new bestfriends are these!
Crown & Glory Booster Shampoo – Turbo boost the growth of your hair with the all?natural shampoo powered by a stem cell activator! It nourishes scalp and hair, thus helps boost the hair growth.
Crown & Glory Hair Reborn Revitalizing Conditioner – Bringing your sexy hair back with shine and luster. Regrow your hair with a plethora of natural oils and plant extracts that activate hair stem cell follicles and revitalize scalp. This conditioner also increases manageability, strength of hair fibres and shine. Stimulates hair follicles and increase the speed of hair growth via its Rosemary extract content.
My Other BFFs are the Essential Oils! I absolutely love them!
Argan Oil – since I lost weight, I have been battling with stretchmarks and I am glad that I found this Argan Oil from Hairfood Co. The most affordable find I must say! I also use it for my hair! It’s basically my miracle oil :D.
- Restores the natural smoothness of your hair
- Heals split ends
- Reduces muscle and body pain
- Anti aging
- Treats dry skin
- Reduces facial blemishes
- Reduces the appearance of scars
- Effective moisturizer
- Reduces wrinkles
- Treats dark circles under eyes
- Protects you from cold winds, pollution and smoke
- Stretched mark treatment
- Skin and face brightener
- Clears acne
Sunflower Oil – Almost the same benefits with the Argan oil. Personally I use it on my face, my underarms, and sometimes on my hair.
- Adds shine to dull hair
- Helps ease dry and itchy scalp
- Smoothens existing wrinkles
- Treats acne
- Helps prevent premature signs of aging
- Makes your skin glow
- Removes dead cells and impurities
- Moisturizes undereye circles
- Minimizes the appearance of stretch marks
- Removes stubborn makeup
- Lighten dark lips
Rosehip Oil – while I use the argan oil for my stretch marks (the thick ones), I use the rosehip for the lighter scars and stretchmarks I have. This premium grade, light and non-greasy 100% Rosehip Oil has amazing scar remover, skin and hair rejuvenating properties.
- Scar remover
- Heals dry hair giving it more vitality
- Lighten scars, acne and wrinkles
- Improves skin elasticity
- Assists in skin regeneration
- Reduces uneven pigmentation
- Conditions dry hair
- Treats dry skin
- Improves dull hair
- Brings back shine to the color hair
- Can be use as moisturizer
- Helps reduce wrinkles and signs of aging
- Makes your skin glow… and so much more!
I am absolutely inlove with these three! So far, my stretchmarks on my belly area have lightened (too bad I didn’t have my before/after photos to show you guys :(.) Highly recommended for you ladies out there! No time to visit to their physical stores? No problem! Hairfood Co. products are also available in LAZADA.