Even if you are not a regular salon-goer yourself, this first-of-its-kind legislation has the power to drastically improve the health, and human rights of salon workers in California, and eventually, hopefully, throughout the nation.
The FDA has known for over 6 years that salon worker’s health is being harmed by the use of products containing formaldehyde. Enough is enough!
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This new law makes a statement about the need to make our salons safer, for workers and for their clients, while providing incentive for manufacturers to take a hard look at their products, and try to make them safer.
Working long hours for uncertain and often substandard pay, salon workers are also exposed to highly toxic chemicals linked to respiratory ailments, cancer, miscarriage and more.
Many “formaldehyde-free” hair straighteners do not technically contain formaldehyde, but contain other chemicals that release formaldehyde under high heat, necessary in order for these straightening treatments to work.
There’s something exciting happening in salons across America. You might not see it everywhere yet, but it’s percolating. What is it? The next women-led movement for health, safety, and dignity.
For 7 years, I had trusted that the chemicals I had been using in my career were safe. I never questioned it. In cosmetology school, we weren’t educated about the toxic chemicals we would be exposed to, so it became apparent that I needed to educate myself.
We certainly need new legislation to fix the many problems with how cosmetics are regulated, but much like the Personal Care Product Safety Act, this bill really misses the mark when it comes to ensuring the safety of cosmetic ingredients.
As far back as 2011 the FDA has known that keratin hair straightening products can release dangerous levels of formaldehyde putting stylists (and their client’s) health at risk.