If you look on the back of your shampoo or conditioner bottle, you might have seen words like methyl paraben, propyl paraben or ethyl paraben and wondered what they were.
Parabens are preservatives used to prevent microbial growth and extend a product's shelf life. The FDA considers the amount of parabens used in cosmetics to be safe, however, some people can still develop allergic reactions on the skin or scalp.
If you are suffering from rashes or an irritated scalp, it might be worth it to switch to an organic hair product line that uses natural preservatives like Vitamin A, C and E.
My personal favorite all natural line is Aubrey Organics
. The conditioners, in particular, work extremely well on relaxed, natural and transitioning hair and their products are 100% paraben free.