Safe Salons

Safe Nail & Hair Salons

The Issue:
Salon workers — a population dominated by women — are exposed to various chemicals of concern everyday in their workplaces associated with asthma, dermatitis, neurological symptoms, cancer & more.

These chemicals can be dangerous, not only for you, but especially for women who work in salons everyday. In addition, cosmetic ingredients are virtually unregulated and salon product ingredients are not required to be labeled, so when it comes to chemical exposure, salon workers and consumers are in the dark.

The bottom line: It’s time to make sure the chemicals used in hair and nail salon products are safe for everyone.

Stories from Salon Workers

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

Saffiyeh Edley
Safiyyah – I’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.

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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.

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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.

Ask the FDA to recall toxic hair straightening products!

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Join us and ask the FDA to use its authority to seize toxic hair-straightening products and to ban formaldehyde from cosmetics, as many other countries have already done.

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Avoiding Toxic Chemicals in Salon Products

Women working in salons are exposed to these chemicals for many hours at a time on a daily basis. Disturbingly, 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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Recommendations for Reducing Toxic Chemical Exposures in Salons: Tips for Salon Workers & Salon Owners

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Hair Straightening Products Containing Formaldehyde: Leading brands of hair straightening products contain high levels of formaldehyde (also referred to as methylene glycol)

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Toxic Chemicals in Salon Products: Toxic chemicals to avoid in salon products, along with the health problems these chemicals are linked to.

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The Blow-Up on Blowouts: Learn more what’s wrong with toxic hair straighteners & about the people who have been hurt by these products.

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Techniques for Naturally Healthy Hair: Tips for achieving beautiful and trendy hair styles, naturally.

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Information for Stylists: Current hazard warning, how to report health problems to OSHA & FDA

Nail Products & Polishes that Contain Chemicals of Concern: Includes brands, products, manufacturers & more – your guide to toxic chemicals found in nail polishes & products.

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No Secrets Business Partners: Companies committed to increasing awareness of the links between women’s health and toxic chemicals.

 

Women’s Voices is a co-founder and co-convener of the National Healthy Nail and Beauty Salon Alliance, which works to protect the health of the nation’s salon workers.

Have you been impacted by
formaldehyde in hair straighteners?

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