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Why are Sulfates Bad for Hair?


 Is your hair feeling dry and brittle? Is your scalp itchy and irritated? It might be time to double check your shampoo ingredients to see if they contain sulfate.    Aside from the periodic table, sulfates can be found in many cosmetic products, including soaps and shampoos. Often one of the key ingredients in these products, this FDA approved chemical can be found on labels of many shampoo bottle. But, is sulfate bad for hair; and if so, what does it do? What Does Sulfate Do to Your Hair? Sulfate, known as surfactants, is added to these everyday products as part of the cleansing process. Sulfates bring dirt to the surface so that it can be easily washed away. However,...

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How to Protect Hair from Chlorine Damage


If you have ever spent a summer’s day at the pool, you are probably all too familiar with the smell of chlorine clinging onto your hair and skin even long after you have left. Chlorine is commonly used to sanitize pool water, and its chemical properties break down bacteria that otherwise would be harmful to the unsuspecting swimmer. What Does Chlorine Do to Your Hair? Chlorine can become a nuisance, especially if you love going to the pool regularly. Over time, you will notice a difference in your hair after its contact with the chlorinated water. It may become dry and brittle to the touch which are all common signs that chlorine has stripped your hair of its natural oils....

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Cysteine for Hair Strength: Myth or Magic?


Hair is pretty common. Everyone has (or had) hair at some point in their life. But most people have no idea what hair is, or what it’s made of. And that’s why most people don’t take the proper steps to keep those luscious locks, well, luscious. Any time big words start getting thrown around, people are bound to get confused. We’re here to cut through the chaff and address one such word, which represents the chemical responsible for about 90% of your hair’s strength: cysteine. But first, some background... What is Hair?  Hair - like skin, nails, fur, feathers, and pretty much any other exterior biological surface - is partially composed of a protein known as keratin. Keratin is physically...

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Benefits of Color Safe Shampoo


You just plunked down a few paychecks for that fabulous balayage, and you're about to wash your hair with what? Put down the plain, old shampoo unless you want to spend a few more paychecks for touch-ups to your just colored hair because regular shampoo will do nothing but strip you of your hard-earned color. If you’re still using regular generic brand shampoos for your colored hair, then it’s time to switch to color-safe shampoo. There is the color-safe conditioner for color treated hair for that very reason-- to lock in the color and keep your hair healthy so that your three hours and three paychecks in the chair at the salon wasn't a waste of time and money. Here are all...

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Salon pHactor - Where Science Meets Style


The chemistry of hair is more complicated than straight, curly, short, long, blonde or brunette. With over 50 years of combined hair expertise, family secrets, and a top chemist, Salon pHactor has taken the chemistry of hair to a new level, one that will translate into smooth, silky, healthy hair. After spending five years in the lab perfecting its formula, Salon pHactor debuted its products in its salon to rave reviews. The reaction was so positive that the upscale salon decided to market the products to the masses whose manicured manes have never looked so camera ready. So what’s the secret? In short, the unique formula behind all Salon pHactor hair care products is a pHabulous fusion of keratin and cysteine...

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