Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thursday Thought: The Hair Care Debate

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I'm very proud of myself. I used to be addicted to over-processing my hair. Relaxers and hair coloring were a routine thing for me, at least up until my daughter. One of the first signs that I was pregnant was my newly relaxed hair was turning wavy in different spots. I couldn't do anything to keep it straight. A few weeks later we found out we were expecting. Relaxers are a definite pregnancy No-No but hair coloring is still up in the air. Some kinds are considered okay but i swore them all off for the meantime.


Then came the Tyra Show. One episode featured the effects of chemically treating your hair or something to that effect. As an example of the strength of relaxers they used an aluminum can which horrifyingly melted within minutes. It makes you think about what you are really doing to your hair and exposing yourself too.

And today, I was reading about the Brazilian blowout and its effects on the body. Beautiful hair but dangerous to hair stylists due to the formaldehyde. Stylists are now being required to wear masks and work in ventilated areas when applying the chemical treatment. Anything that can change the texture of hair will have chemical in it no matter how small or large a quantity.

So then I thought: Should beauty really cost us our health? What do I want to teach my daughter about beauty? 

I think I'm taking a step in the right direction by staying away from those products. I am guilty of taking a flat iron to it though which still damages the hair. Protection serums still contain chemicals so what's the difference? Level of toxicity? Completely natural is out of the question. So where do I go from here? Hmmm....
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