Getting Toxic Chemicals Out of Black Women's Hair Salons

Getting Toxic Chemicals Out of Black Women’s Hair Salons

The Atlantic

Vicky Gan

Nov. 13, 2015

Hair relaxers and other popular products can put employees’ health at risk.

… “That’s partly because there’s precious little research on the long-term health effects of salon products. Alexandra Scranton, the director of science and research at the environmental organization Women’s Voices for the Earth, explains: ‘The weakness in the data is being able to connect [health impacts] to specific chemicals, because those connections are almost never studied.’ And so far, research has failed to account for the combination of toxic chemicals found in hair salons. ‘They’ll look at a chemical at a time, but of course a salon worker is never exposed to just one chemical at a time,’ Scranton says.” …

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