Hair Salons Can Be a Chemical Factory

Hair Salons Can Be a Chemical Factory

Hair Salons Can Be a Chemical Factory

From changing hair colours, getting perms and deep treatments, to adding curls and fancy hair styles, some hair salons perform as many as 50 – 100 chemical applications every day, filling the room with noxious indoor air contaminants, such as ammonia (found in hair dyes and hair lighteners) and lye (used in hair relaxers), which can cause headaches and irritate respiratory passages.


 

If you suffer from some sort of respiratory problems, walking into your favorite salon can cause irritation to your breathing. Although the 1 – 2 hours of exposure you get from the chemicals is not going to be life threatening, wearing a face mask could be an option. While you’re there, maybe you’d like to bring one for your stylist as well. The constant chemical interaction that they become exposed to (8 – 10 hours a day 5 days a week) are much more likely to lead to respiratory problems in the future. (Hopefully your stylist may not find it offensive and kick you out of the salon, but if you are concerned about the health of your stylist, a breathing mask could save his/her life).

Also, if the salon does manicures and pedicures, both you and the salon staff are at risk of inhaling formaldehyde, a known carcinogen; phthalates, which are a possible reproductive or developmental toxin; and toluene, which triggers headaches, dizziness and fatigue. You don’t need to be a scientist to notice the chemical smell lurking around these hair and beauty salons!

There are some salons which are clearing the air and fighting back against the chemical salon factory settings with a clean air approach. “John Masters salon” is one of a few hair styling santuaries that use natural herbal products to provide their hair treatments. At John Masters’ salon, the dyes are herbal-based and free of ammonia, the malodorous chemical you’re smelling at typical salons. “We do things gradually and much more naturally, which is much easier on your hair,” said John Masters.

John Masters Organics hair care products contains no parabens, which mimic the hormone estrogen and have been associated with the development of breast cancer, or resorcinol, a skin irritant that causes dizziness and cardiovascular problems in high doses. In addition, for hair lightening, Masters uses a dye solution containing 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, rather than a more potent 6 percent, as found in conventional dyes and bleaches.

John Masters also uses only his own product line in house, which includes no sprays or mousses. Not only do many styling products hold hair in place with polymers (liquid plastic) that can build up on the hair shaft over time, leading to a dull and lifeless ‘do, but spray and foaming products often contain a propellant, such as propane and butane, that fills indoor air with yet another respiratory irritant.

It’s a shame that John Masters Hair Salon is located in Manhattan New York. I’m not suggesting you travel half way around the world to get a treatment. But if you are ever around the area, the salon is located on 77 Sullivan Street. You may even meet up with Sarah Jessica Parker who have been known to be a regular visitor to John Masters.

Don’t despair if you are in Australia, you can still purchase the Natural John Masters Organics Hair Care range in at Green Organics Beauty Store. Click here to see their luxurious organic hair care range.

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