Skin is the largest organ of the body and we need to be aware of all products we are using. The smoke from doing thermal services has and can cause respiratory issues. Also, you can get rashes from synthetic braiding hair, many nut oils can be used in products and can cause allergic reactions for many people. Thus, ingredients need to be listed on products.
Zipporah Perine-Jones, Hair Professional
Many operators and clients are allergic to latex products. I am allergic to latex so I use vinyl gloves. Chemicals are also a concern. In many cases clients aren’t aware that they may have an allergic reaction to products, but in the event of a side effect occurring it is very important to know the ingredients of the product you are using. For instance, there has been a very popular hair coloring product on the market, that in the past had lead as one of the ingredients listed in their product. It has been and still is very effective in depositing color into the hair cuticle, but as we know lead can be harmful. Skin is the largest organ of the body and we need to be aware of all products we are using. The smoke from doing thermal services has and can cause respiratory issues. Also, you can get rashes from synthetic braiding hair, many nut oils can be used in products and can cause allergic reactions for many people. Thus, ingredients need to be listed on products.
Ingredient disclosing can keep those exposed to products from the harmful effects. Sometimes people make homemade “organic” products which may have special ingredients in them and because it is “organic” (which is what we want and is associated with all goodness) still could cause harm. It’s against the law to not disclose the ingredients used in a product. Even that special ingredient. You need full disclosure of ingredients to know what’s contained in products.
A common concern for stylists is they run into problems with bulk labeling of professional salon products. It’s up to the stylist to make note of what’s in the product.
There have been times I’ve seen advertisements for items I wanted to purchase that sound as if they would be beneficial and it’s in a different language (e.g. Chinese, Vietnamese, etc.) and I don’t know what’s in the products. This has definitely hindered me from buying certain products.
I have found throughout the years many more people now are choosing to use more natural styles because they don’t want the straighteners which have harmful chemicals or using synthetic hair (e.g. braids). I personally don’t do any styles with hair straighteners or thermal styling anymore and there are some color products I don’t use due to the potential risks of chemical exposures.
When I have tried to educate my colleagues or clients about chemical exposure in salon products those interactions varied—each time during a consultation I do explain/educate clients and potential clients. It’s received 50/50. Some people are receptive and say okay. Other people say they don’t care and want to look the way they want to look, so will take their chances.
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