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Salon Products

Salons can be a hazardous place to work given that many harmful chemicals can be found in salon products. Women working in salons are exposed to these chemicals for many hours at a time on a daily basis.

Beauty and Its Beast Report

This is the first report ever to document how nasty chemicals lurking in hair sprays, permanent waves, acrylic nail application and other salon products are harming the health of women who work in salons. Disturbingly, we found that salon workers are at an increased risk of cancer, miscarriages, neurological disorders, immune disorders, asthma, dermatitis and more.

Check out the report and fact sheets for recommendations for making salons safer, and new tips for reducing exposure.

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Download the report Beauty and Its Beast

Avoiding Toxic Chemicals in Salons

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Information for Stylists

Current hazard warning, how to report health problems to OSHA & FDA


Detox Your Booth Webinar


Stories from Salon Workers

stylists impacted by formaldehyde in hair straighteners

Jennifer – We were getting sicker and sicker with every exposure and was taking us longer to recover each time. Our health and our livelihoods are being taken away from us and we are not going to let this happen without a fight. Read more.

toxic chemicals impacting salon workers health

DawnFrom lobbying in Washington, D.C. with WVE, blogging about my experiences with formaldehyde poisoning, joining radio broadcasts with Politics Beauty and this recent experience of being on television, I hope to protect the health of other consumers and stylists from toxic exposures. Read more.

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SafiyyahI’ve recently been diagnosed with Uterine Fibroid tumors, which I found out about after miscarrying my baby.I’m now speaking up for safe salon products to lawmakers, agencies, and the media. Read more.

stylists share stories about toxic chemical exposure in the workplace

NatalijaI was in denial for so long that it was the Brazilian Blowout treatments making me sick–that Brazilian Blowout must be safe if it’s allowed on the market. So I went to D.C. with 14 other salon workers to tell our stories in hopes of making change. Read more.