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EVEN WAL-MART IS DEMANDING SAFER BEAUTY PRODUCTS – SHOULDN’T YOU?

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When a common consumer store like Wal-Mart is demanding safer beauty products, you know times are a-changin’ and for the better!

Wal-Mart has asked their suppliers to remove 8 chemicals believed to have “certain properties that can affect human health or the environment.” This request is all too telling and represents a new wave in clean beauty – one we’ve been crusading for since 2001!

Let’s explore which harmful chemicals made the list!

Wal-Mart Eliminates 8 Controversial Chemicals From Products

    • Propylparaben – an inexpensive preservative found in many shampoos, conditioners and personal care products.
    • Butylparaben – another type of inexpensive preservative commonly found in cosmetics.
    • In 2008, a study on women with breast cancer found parabens in 98% of breast tissue tested. Parabens are thought to mimic estrogen in the human body, causing an imbalance of hormones and damage to the human endocrine system.
    • Diethyl phthalate – an ingredient used to increase flexibility of plastic bottles.
    • Dibutyl phthalate – another plasticizer used to make plastic bottles more flexible.

Just like parabens, phthalates are known human endocrine disruptors. What’s worse? Many of your current plastic shampoo and conditioner bottles are made with these harmful chemicals. Phthalates leach estrogen-mimickers into your products, which are readily absorbed by your body when applied to the skin or scalp.

    • Formaldehyde – recognized as a known human carcinogen (cancer-causing ingredient) by WHO (World Health Organization) and IARC (International Agency For Research on Cancer). Remember all of the controversy surrounding keratin treatments using formaldehyde as an active ingredient? Let’s make sure that stays out of our products.
    • Triclosan – a synthetic chemical used in shampoos and conditioners as an anti-bacterial agent. Just like phthalates and parabens, this ingredient also disrupts the delicate hormone balance of humans.
  • Toluene – a colorless liquid found in nail polish and fragrance that has been linked to nervous system damage.

 

How did Wal-Mart choose which toxic ingredients to AVOID?

The Environmental Defense Fund advised them to identify harmful chemicals that had significant science backing.

Not only is Wal-Mart rewarding those who remove these chemicals from their products, they are requiring transparency. For those companies refusing to eradicate these targeted chemicals, they will be forced to add them to their warning labels by 2018.

Note: Since phthalates are not in the product itself (but rather the plastic container), many companies get away without listing them in their ingredients list.

Luckily, that’s all about to change.

While this is a giant leap in the right direction, we shouldn’t stop here. Keep demanding safer products and more transparency from these companies.

Especially in the professional beauty industry, as our vertical is even less regulated than the consumer market.

Article & Photo Credit: Oway Professional Hair Care

Huffington Post Puts Organic Color to the Test!

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Source: Huffington Post, Raydene Salinas

In her article, “Why I Decided to Ditch Chemicals & Go Organic With My Hair Dye”, Rebecca Adams of the Huffington Post was skeptical of organic hair color- will there be as many color choices? Will it last as long without all the harsh chemicals? Will the color be as rich?

After testing out Organic Color Systems, Salon Organic’s brand of choice, the answer was a resounding “yes”!  She writes

“even the most pleasant smells couldn’t get me to go organic if the results weren’t at least as good as the chemical stuff. Luckily, they were….the color was the most striking shade of copper red I’ve ever had, and I didn’t have that pesky line of demarcation that always gives me what I call “fire roots”…The best part: My hair felt 10 pounds lighter and as soft as an 8-year-old’s. Needless to say, I’m an organic hair dye convert.”

Salon Organic uses the same products and can give you the same, healthy beautiful results.

Contact Salon Organic today and you, too, will be an organic hair dye convert! 

Dangers of Ammonia in Hair Color

Organic Hair Color = Happy Healthy Hair

Wanting to cover up those stubborn grays?   Or does your hair color reflect the current trend?  Maybe you need to restore discolored hair from the sun or chlorine?  Coloring hair has been a long time solution for all of these things and traditionally has involved a variety of chemicals that causes more damage in the end.   Ammonia is only one of those to look out for.

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Did you know ammonia:

1. is the number one ingredient in fertilizers
2. is used as rocket fuel
3. is the solution for hard-to-remove soap buildup in your bathroom
4. removes tarnish from your silver
5. is a cleaning agent for gold jewelry where commercial cleaners fail
6. cleans stains caused by pets, food and drinks.
7. kills mildew
8. helps repel moths
9. keeps garbage cans odor-free
10. eliminates paint odors.
11. is used as an oven cleaner.
12. produces toxic gases if mixed with bleach or other general home cleaning products.
13. needs ventilation when being used
14. should never have contact with your eyes.
15. is especially dangerous to pregnant woman
16. was found to be linked to bladder cancer in a study by the International Journal of Cancer
17. causes both short and long term damage to the throats and lungs including headaches, stinging eyes, and rashes.
Long term exposure can permanently damage the respiratory system.

Just imagine what it is doing to your hair?

natural ingredientAt Salon Organic, we only use ammonia-free color which:

1. produces a more even color
2. is gentler to your hair and scalp
3. lasts longer
4. is healthier for both you and the stylist
5. is non toxic to the body

Resolve to make this healthy choice for yourself.  Your hair will be renewed, and you will never look back!

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