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  • On December 14, 2016, the Environmental Working Group and Women’s Voices for the Earth sued the United States Food and Drug Administration for failing to protect consumers from the dangers of hair straightening treatments.1 The lawsuit alleges the FDA has failed to act against the prevalence of formaldehyde, which is classified as a human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research [...]

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    Last month, New York senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand petitioned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban the chemical 1,4-dioxane from personal care products due to its potentially cancerous effect, according to The Hill.1 This came on the heels of a report by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) naming 1,4-dioxane as one of the high-hazard chemicals [...]

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    In recent years, the role of packaging in branding and marketing has become more important than ever. In fact, the packaging is now considered an integral part of the “marketing mix.” This comes as no surprise as consumers are becoming more and more visual. However, many beauty companies tend to focus more on the front label, stamping it with attention-grabbing designs and a laundry [...]

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    Hairspray is a beauty cabinet staple, and has been for decades. Any why not? It can do marvelous things for your hair: give superior hold, boost the volume, add some scent and control flyaway hair. But did you know that with every spray, you’re likely increasing your risk of cancer, skin irritation, and lung disease, thanks to inhaling fine particles of carcinogenic gases? The National [...]

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    Many people assume that if a hair or body treatment is used at a local salon, it must be regulated and safe for use. But they’re wrong—in fact, due to loopholes in the Toxic Control Substance Act (TSCA), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has no authority to require companies to test products for safety. As a result, consumers and workers are being exposed to dangerous toxins [...]

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    One salon treatment—the Brazilian Blowout hair straightening treatment—can be so toxic that it continues to expose customers and salon workers to toxic fumes for months after it is done. Brazilian Blowout and other straightening products contain formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen. Exposure to formaldehyde doesn’t end with the treatment—the fumes are reactivated every time heat is [...]

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    About two-thirds of conventional hair dyes in the US contain para-phenylenediamine (PPD), a chemical banned for use in such products in Germany, France, and Sweden. Exposure to PPD can cause allergic reactions ranging from skin irritation to, in the case of a teenager in 2010, death from anaphylactic shock. And an ingredient analysis by the Environmental Working Group found that many [...]

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    When getting a mani-pedi, beware of the “toxic trio”: dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde, and toluene. These chemicals, which are used to help nail products hold color, are linked to reproductive and development problems, as well as dizziness, eye and lung irritation, and more. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen. Facing pressure from consumer groups and salon workers, some polish companies [...]

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    We all know how frustrating it can be when you’re having a bad hair week. You start to really notice that your hair color is looking washed-out, flat, and dull, your ends are see-through, and your hair is completely lifeless. You may even spot a few grays glaring at you. If it’s too early for a full-color service or you just can’t make the time to book in with your favorite stylist, here [...]

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    We all know how frustrating it can be when you’re having a bad hair week. You start to really notice that your hair color is looking washed-out, flat, and dull, your ends are see-through, and your hair is completely lifeless. You may even spot a few grays glaring at you. If it’s too early for a full-color service or you just can’t make the time to book in with your favorite stylist, here[...]

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