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America's Beauty Show Challenges Toxic Salons
Date:3/27/2009

ermanent dyes contain carcinogens, particularly those known as phenylenediamines. These have been shown to cause cancers, particularly non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, and multiple myeloma, besides breast and bladder cancers. However, in spite of this long standing evidence, stylists, let alone their clients, remain unaware of these avoidable risks of sometimes lethal cancers. In sharp contrast to the U.S., these dyes have been banned in Europe.

The continued use of these dangerous hair dyes is all the more reckless. Safe certified organic dyes, particularly those marketed by Logona, a German company, are now available in the U.S. These dyes achieve stable and long-lasting colors, ranging from brown to black.

A recently recognized concern relates to the potent carcinogen vinyl chloride, a propellant in some pressure sprays, which has been incriminated as a cause of fatal liver cancer. Another recent concern relates to hormonal phthalates in sprays to which pregnant women may be exposed, and have been incriminated as a cause of congenital abnormalities in their male infants.

Of critical importance is the protection of clients and, even more so, their stylists by establishing efficient ventilation of salons, and their workstations. The efficiency of this ventilation should conform to certified national standards.

Information on all ingredients in all products used in salons, including their risks and recommended safety precautions, should be detailed and made readily available to all stylists in standard Material Safety Data Sheets. This information is legally required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for all workplaces with ten or more employees. However, this requirement is observed more in the breach than the performance. This information should also be made readily available to clients.

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