Toxic Beauty: How It Harms Salon Workers (and How You Can Help)

Beauty and its Beast: Unmasking the impact of toxic chemicals on salon workers

Women’s Voices for the Earth recently released Beauty and its Beast: Unmasking the impact of toxic chemicals on salon workers, the first report of its kind to document how toxic chemicals lurking in hair sprays, permanent waves, acrylic nail application and other salon products are harming the health of women who work in salons.

The report finds that salon workers are at an increased risk of cancer, miscarriages, neurological disorders, immune disorders, asthma, dermatitis and more.

We’re not just talking about cold stats here. There are faces behind these studies, real women who are faced with having to choose between their health and their livelihoods, between toxic chemical exposure or doing the jobs that they love.

And that’s why, with the Beauty and Its Beast report in hand, WVE is bringing salon workers like Jennifer Arce, Dawn Marino, Safiyyah Edley, and others to Washington DC this week to lobby Congress to pass the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act. They’ll be telling their stories to lawmakers, federal agencies like the FDA, and the media about how their health has been harmed by toxic chemicals.

Listen to this Green Divas Radio Show Podcast…

Alexandra Scranton, Director of Science and Research at Women’s Voices for the Earth, talked to Green Diva Mag about salon toxins in this Green Divas Health & Beauty podcast. The personal stories from salon workers…

Jennifer, a stylist in southern California, was poisoned to formaldehyde from the popular Brazilian Blowout treatment, experiencing health problems from dizziness and bloody noses to coughing up chunks of blood and being confined to bed for weeks. Never one to just sit back without fighting, Jennifer started the blog Pretty Toxic, and traveled to D.C. to speak about her experience to Congressional members and the FDA. Jennifer just took a leap of faith and opened her own salon with a couple of other women so that she can do the job she loves without exposure to formaldehyde.

Dawn, a stylist in Manhattan also poisoned by formaldehyde in hair straighteners, developed multiple chemical sensitivities as a result. She is frequently incredibly sick with symptoms ranging from breathing problems, dizziness, nausea, headaches, fatigue, chest pains, rashes and memory problems. Dawn also refused to let companies and broken policies get the best of her. She started Pretty Toxic with Jennifer, also traveled to D.C. to advocate for the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act, and recently appeared on Dr. Oz to talk about her experience with working with toxic salon products.

Saffiyah, owner of Luv Mi Kinks salon, was recently diagnosed with uterine fibroid tumors after miscarrying her baby. Some research has linked uterine fibroid tumors with a chemical in hair relaxers. Motivated by a vision for a healthier future, Safiyyah has spoken about salon worker health at the Annual National Environmental Justice Advisory Council meeting, with the Salon Interagency Working Group, and with Congressional members to advocate for the federal Safe Cosmetics Act. Women working in salons shouldn’t have choose between their health and their livelihoods. Every woman has the right to a safe workplace.

Click here to support these courageous women and ask your Congressional representatives to pass the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act.

Other ways to take action:

Together, we can stop toxic chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects, and other health problems from being used in salon, personal care, and cosmetic products. Join us in standing up for women’s health, and eliminating the toxic beast from beauty!

Listen to the full Green Divas Radio Show…

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Written by Green Diva Cassidy Randall, Women’s Voices for the Earth

 

93 comments

Moosa K.
Past Member 1 years ago

Keep on great working!! I didn’t expect that I will get such great thing from here. physical therapy

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Caroline d.
Caroline d1 years ago

Thank you so much for sharing this very interesting and useful article !
Be all blessed as all your loved ones !
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Caroline d.
Caroline d1 years ago

Thank you so much for sharing this very interesting and useful article !
Be all blessed as all your loved ones !
Animals always included of course l

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Caroline d.
Caroline d1 years ago

Thank you so much for sharing this very interesting and useful article !
Be all blessed as all your loved ones !
Animals always included of course l

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Angela K.
Angela K2 years ago

Thanks for sharing

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Marion Friedl
Marion Friedl2 years ago

Oh, and I don´t use makeup, only some cover stick for my face when I leave my home, bu that´s only once or twice the week, and it´s from Balea (dm drugstore), dermatologically tested, not on animals, all Balea products´ve been labelled cruelty-free from Animals´ Liberty!!!

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Marion Friedl
Marion Friedl2 years ago

I already heard that some hair colorations can cause bladder cancer, either for he hairdressers, or for those who colourate their hair at home, I don´t do this, did it in former years to get a brighter blonde, but I always used latex gloves then! And I don´t use hairspray or hairfoam, this often damages your hair, anyway, so it´ll break sooner...

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.2 years ago

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ERIKA SOMLAI
ERIKA S2 years ago

good informations,thank you

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Susan R.
.2 years ago

Thanks

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