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Salon Workers Say Handling Relaxers Has Led To Asthma, Hair Loss, Uterine Fibroids, And Miscarriages

November 16th, 2015 - By Brande Victorian
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Source: Corbis

When women are told to go natural it’s often for the sake of encouraging them to embrace their God-given features and restore the beauty of their hair with products that don’t have harsh chemicals, but rarely do we talk about the health of the women who apply these agents to our hair: beauticians.

If relaxers and perms aren’t good for our hair’s health, it’s not hard to imagine these products could also do harm to stylists who come in contact with them on a daily basis for years and a new report in The Atlantic has confirmed as much. Teni Adewumia, a graduate student at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health who also serves as the environmental-justice program coordinator at the California nonprofit Black Women for Wellness, is working to make beauty salons safer for the women who work in them, training stylists on product safety and healthy practices such as ventilation and using protective equipment. Based on the results of a survey of African American salon workers in Inglewood, CA, it appears Adewumia’s work is long overdue. She told The Atlantic the same health concerns keep arising in beauticians she speaks with: asthma, dermatitis, hair loss, uterine fibroids, and miscarriages. Veteran stylists reportedly told Adewumia they experienced these symptoms when they applied relaxers and other chemical hair straighteners and, as a result, they now prefer working with natural hair.

“When we held focus groups with salon workers, we found these stories of lack of education on chemical exposures and chemical-related health problems,” she told The Atlantic. “Even though they had all gone to beauty school, there was just really no training around what these products could do to your body and to your reproductive system.”

According to Alexandra Scranton, director of science and research at the environmental organization Women’s Voices for the Earth, that’s largely because there isn’t much information on the damage these products can do to begin with.

“The weakness in the data is being able to connect [health impacts] to specific chemicals, because those connections are almost never studied. 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.”

Because the FDA doesn’t require manufacturers to list the ingredients of professional salon products, the burden of safety falls on consumers and researchers, Adewumia pointed out. But as Scranton shared, it’s not always easy to get stylists to put their health before their profession.

“[Beauticians] really love their jobs, they really want to continue to work their jobs, so they tend not to complain as much, even though their health is definitely suffering.” She suggests stylists’ clients try to educate them by sharing the informational materials they provide on the occupational hazards of salons.

“We often encourage people to take those with them when they go to the salon, and to have that conversation from the point of view of ‘I’m concerned about your health,’ and not, ‘You work a toxic job,’ Com[e] from that standpoint of ‘I want to make sure that you’re healthy because I appreciate the service that you’re doing.’”

Meanwhile, she and other researchers will have to work overtime to close the gender and racial gaps that exist in clinical research when it comes to Black hair care.

“I could find almost no studies on salon workers who either are women of color or work with women of color, and work with the different products that are marketed to women of color—the hair relaxers, certain kinds of dyes, the hair glues for extensions. These are some of the products that seem to contain the most toxic chemicals, and no one has studied them.”

In lieu of this knowledge, I think we all can agree it’s best for everyone to stay away from these products.

Beauty & Blessings: See How This LA Hairstylist Overcomes Losing Sister in Tragic Car Accident

November 9th, 2015 - By jade
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We created a contest where we encouraged women to share their journey to becoming a boss. The winners received a makeover by a celebrity glam squad.

California native, Angel Toney shares how losing her sister in a horrific car crash, right after they launched their hair company, helped her to rise in the face of adversity.

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AJ Crimson is a Entrepreneur, Makeup Artist and Beauty & Lifestyle Expert as well as one of the most trusted names and leading authorities in the beauty industry. AJ's established reputation as an innovative beauty solutionist has made him and his products first choice for artists and celebrities including Christina Milian, Adrienne Bailon, Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas, Angela Bassett, Eva Pickford, Regina King, Amerie, LeToya Luckett, Brandy, Raven-Symone and more. His products are also used on the television series American Horror Story, Power, Scandal, The Game, The View,  VH1's Hit The Floor, The Real , America's Next Top Model and the box office smash The Hunger Games and in countless runway shows.

AJ's work has been featured in fashion, beauty and music magazines worldwide including Vogue, Glamour, Marie Claire, InStyle, Harper's Bazaar, Esquire, Essence and leading Japanese Entertainment magazines Blenda and Luire. For more information visit


Professional hair stylist, Keira White of Willingboro, NJ has been recently breaking hair barriers and very well taking the path of success into full drive. Keira is a licensed cosmetologist and also received her BS degree in PR from Morgan State University. From NY to LA, she has worked with popular hair extension companies, published magazines and award shows. As well as, television networks and appearances including, Bravo, MTV, VH1 and TV One. Her dynamic styling has been seen during several seasons of New York Fashion Week and the Victoria Secret Fashion Show. Keira is also a member of the L'OREAL and Soft Sheen Carson Style Teams, as well as many other special projects and documentaries.

She has volunteered with several organizations with young teenagers and women to teach them proper hair care techniques, trick and tips. This Jersey girl has vowed to never settle and to do everything with passion.

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#LoveYourCurls: Thanks To Dove, We Now Have Curly-Haired Emojis!

November 4th, 2015 - By Brande Victorian
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image001The inclusive emoji movement has just reached new heights thanks to Dove. Earlier this year we were all thrilled when Apple finally debuted Black emojis, but if that launch left something to be desired in your eyes, chances are Dove Hair’s Love Your Curls campaign will fill that void.

Specifically looking out for the one-third of U.S. women with curly hair, today Dove Hair launched a line of curly-haired emojis for ladies who are Black, brown, white, and in between.

“While Emojis are diversifying (as evidenced by the last update), there is still a “one size fits all” for hair – straight and sleek, the traditional beauty ideal,” Dove noted in a press release.

“Knowing it takes extensive time to petition Unicode to update its keyboard, Dove Hair will offer an immediate solution for all of the curly women and girls who currently have no accurate representation of their hair when ‘speaking’ in the increasingly common social language of Emojis.

“The Dove Love Your Curls Emojis will be available for FREE download in the App Store and Google Play on November 4, 2015.”

That means right this very moment you can send your bestie a kinky-haired emoji, like “Hey girl, hey,” and we bet within 30 seconds she’ll be begging to know where you got it from. Also, in a special partnership with Twitter, any time someone tweets #LoveYourCurls today, a curly Emoji will automatically appear within the tweet right after the hashtag. So get to tweeting and spread the word!


Damage Control: 15 Things Every Black Woman Should Know About Her Edges

October 29th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Finicky edges can be a nightmare. But you don’t have to fight them for the rest of your life. Take the time to get to know your edges, and you’ll have no trouble giving them life.

She Tried It! Shealicious Shine Booster Conditioning Cocktail

October 28th, 2015 - By Brande Victorian
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I love a cocktail — in any form — which is why I was pretty excited about trying the Shealicious’ Shine Booster Conditioning Cocktail from ORS. For some time now it’s been difficult to keep my hair from looking dull and hard when doing wash ‘n gos, so anything that promised to revive my “dull, lack luster hair” sounded good to me. Plus, the packaging is adorable!

Shealicious’ shine cocktail is set in a small container that more resembles yogurt than a conditioner, with Shea Butter on one side of the container and Amla and Argain oil — my faves — on the other. To apply the product to you hair, simply pour the oils into the Shea Butter, mix, and apply from root to tip, then let sit under a plastic cap for 10 mins. I did all of this while in the shower, using the treatment as a co-wash, and I have to say I immediately noticed the sheen as the product began to penetrate my strands and I loved the buttery texture of the products when mixed together.

The shine booster treatment on my wet hair

The shine booster treatment on my wet hair

The great news was the shine didn’t go away when the product was washed out (like it normally does) or even this morning after my hair air-dried overnight and I hit it with the blow dryer for a few minutes. Plus, I didn’t have any frizz at all or the dryness that tends to come about when I use curl gels to bring out my texture.

I didn't really try with my hair today, but you can see there's shine and the waves are smooth

I didn’t really try with my hair today, but you can see there’s shine and the waves/curls are smooth

I also loved that the container is a pre-portioned treatment so I didn’t have to wonder whether I was applying too much or too little. Of all the products that have promised shine — and failed — I’d say Shealicious is the best. Check out where to buy this product and more from ORS here.

She’s The Boss Season 2, Ep. 4: Charlene Dance, Global Marketing Director At Strength Of Nature

October 26th, 2015 - By jade
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Meet Charlene Dance, Global Marketing Director at Strength of Nature, LLC.
After creating DreamKids, Beautiful Textures and re-launching multiple brands under the Strength of Nature portfolio, Charlene made it a point to support Black women beyond their beauty needs as SON Global's Marketing Director. No stranger to taking risks and epitomizing the ideal of a Black Girl who Rocks,
Find out why, She's The Boss.

From ‘The Rachel’ To ‘The Halle Berry’: Hollywood’s Most Iconic Hairstyles

October 22nd, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Image Source: Warner Bros.

Image Source: Warner Bros.

These iconic hairstyles changed the way women wore their hair around the world. Did you imitate one of these famous celebrity looks over the years? Do you have a favorite?

5 Products I’m Using To Beat Dry, Brittle Hair This Fall

October 20th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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5 Products I'm Using To Beat Dry, Brittle Hair This Fall


The colder months can be harsh on anyone’s hair. Thankfully, these hair care lines have us covered with plenty of goodies to keep our strands hydrated and healthy all year long.


5 Products I'm Using To Beat Dry, Brittle Hair This Fall

Enhance & Define Pre-Wash Detangling Butter

I love starting off wash day by applying this shea butter and coconut oil blend by Motions to my hair before wetting. I use a widetooth a comb to evenly distribute the butter throughout my hair and I allow it sit for up to twenty minutes. From there, you I detangle and wash my hair with my favorite shampoo.


5 Products I'm Using To Beat Dry, Brittle Hair This FallRaw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo

Certain shampoos tend to leave my hair feeling stripped and tangled, but Shea Moisture’s Raw Shea Butter Shampoo always does the trick. It thoroughly cleanses my hair without leaving it feeling dry and unmanageable.


5 Products I'm Using To Beat Dry, Brittle Hair This Fall


Tahitian Noni & Monoi Nourishing Hair Masque

A great deep conditioner is absolutely necessary when trying to keep your tresses in tip-top shape. This deep treatment masque by SheaMoisture always leaves my hair feeling soft, manageable and rejuvenated.

5 Products I'm Using To Beat Dry, Brittle Hair This Fall

Hair & Scalp Hairdressing

This daily moisturizer by Motions is perfect for keeping my thirsty strands hydrated throughout the week without weighing it down.

5 Products I'm Using To Beat Dry, Brittle Hair This Fall

Shine Enhancing Pomade

This lightweight  product provides both hold and shine on days when my edges are feeling a bit drier than usual. A little goes a long way.

What are some of your favorite products for adding and maintaining moisture?

Documentary Exposes Deceptive Practices Of Hair Weave Manufacturing Industry

October 14th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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A couple of bundles of quality 100% virgin hair extensions can cost you hundreds of dollars. Many consumers consider these purchases to be an investment, as the hair can last eight to twelve months. However, as in any industry, there are many hair companies who misrepresent their products only for the customer to learn weeks or months down the line that what they believed was virgin hair was actually a blend of synthetic and “fallen” or “dead” hair. Many of us have been there at one point or another—including Riqua Hailes, owner of the Just Extensions hair salon chain. A client purchased extensions from Hailes’ shop in Los Angeles and returned one month later with matted and tangled tresses. The entrepreneur ordered the hair from a supplier in China. She was apparently under the impression that she was stocking her salon with top-notch extensions and paid the supplier as such.

“I’m not going to pay $10,000 for $200 hair extensions,” Hailes told Refinery 29. “I picked up the phone, I told China I was getting on the plane, and then I went, and I brought the girl.”

That experience inspired Hailes’ Just Extensions documentary, which documents her six-week journey through China, Cambodia, India, Brazil, and Peru to learn exactly how hair extensions are sourced and processed. Her findings were equally intriguing and disturbing. For example, Hailes recalls watching as workers dumped “fallen hair”—split ends and dead hair that sheds from women’s hair on a daily basis—into buckets and proceeded to soak them in germ-killing solution before mixing them with synthetic fibers and creating extensions. Hailes had a similar experience in Brazil where she discovered that horsetails are being sold as extensions.

“I want them to know where their hair is coming from, so they can put a value on that,” she says. “I’m not saying you can’t buy fallen hair; there’s a use for that. However, I don’t want to pay $500 for that, and I don’t want you to pay $500 for it either.”

Hailes also recalled meeting women in India who shaved their heads for religious reasons. The hair was later collected to be auctioned off in China.

“To have so much faith that I’m going to cut my hair, cut my children’s hair, because I believe they’re going to be blessed by God — they have no idea where their hair is going,” says Hailes.

Hailes hopes that the documentary will not only inspire her clients but consumers across the country.

“Everyone in this salon has extensions,” she says. “That’s why I did this — so people who come to me know exactly what they’re getting.”

Just Extensions is now available on iTunes.

Don’t Touch My Afro: Celebrity Hair Struggles We Can All Relate To

October 13th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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From bad hair days to good wig weeks, these stars says they go through their fair share of hair struggle and triumph, and we can all relate.