Q: What is your take on parabens? The conditoner by Paul Mitchell has two, methyl and propyl paraben listed as the last two ingredients…
A. Short answer? I don’t give two licks about parabens. Long answer? I don’t care about parabens – now, when I first BC’ed, I certainly did care about them, because that is an ingredient group that I thought that “as a natural” that was something that “we” didn’t use. The concern with parabens is that they can cause cancer. You read that, and you’re like OH NO! NO MORE PARABENS IN MY CONDITIONER EVER!! Thankfully, I’ve learned to think for myself since then (not saying that everyone who does not use parabens doesn’t think on their own, gimme a second). And to be totally frank, I give a little chuckle when people go on tirades about parabens, then run to a fast food joint for lunch (normally I attempt to avoid shade, but hey, it’s my blog, and you asked).
Why? Because parabens are found in a TON of stuff – food additives, makeup, toothpaste – just to name a few. So unless I monitor everything I use daily and eat it’s not worth it to be weary of them in my hair products, especially when most of these products should not be applied to my scalp anyway (the logic was that hair products with parabens can potentially absorb into the scalp and may cause cancer). My hair is dead, my hair can’t get cancer from parabens.
I feel the same way about most ingredients we should fear as well, like DMDM Hydantoin, which I’ve mentioned before. And don’t even get me started on industry fear mongering and how just about EVERYTHING gives us cancer nowadays. I feel like I need to walk around with a gas mask on (and that’d just be strange, and I don’t think one can fit over my hair anyway).
If you don’t agree and you don’t want to use them, I’m totally cool with it. But don’t avoid something just because someone told you it was “bad.” And don’t use them just because I said I didn’t care and don’t mind them. Do your own research, use common sense, and draw your own conclusions.