Health and Wellness : Could African-American beauty products pose health risks?

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(CNN)One in 12 beauty and personal care products marketed to African-American women in the US contains highly hazardous ingredients, according to research released Tuesday by the Environmental Working Group.
The organization analyzed more than 1,100 products marketed to black women -- people who identify as African-American as well as those from the Caribbean and other areas -- and found that less than a quarter scored "low" on its hazard scale.

By contrast, 40% of products that are marketed to the general public are classified as low-risk.
The report said the worst products were hair relaxers, hair colors and bleaching products, which
studies have linked to potential health harm.
Ingredients have been tied to hazards including risk of cancer, hormone disruption, developmental and reproductive damage, and allergies.

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http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/06/health/african-american-beauty-products-hazardous/
 

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Sis. Liberty, I read the article. Thank you for posting this. The products listed with highly hazardous ingredients, such as formaldehyde should not be used at all if you don't want the chance of developing a life threatening disease. The fact that there are fewer alternatives for AA women to choose from doesn't surprise me because we are a unique people, in my opinion, and that's a beautiful thing.

Hair dyes, bleaching products, hair relaxers . . . why put your life, your people's lives and children's lives at such a huge risk? For what?

I want to also add the new rave in wearing a ton of makeup every day to alter (covering blemishes and sculpting) your facial appearance. Products that are made with ingredients from animals and other chemicals that cause health issues should not be used. But somehow, I doubt that will make a difference in AA women's decisions because each one of them will stand in the store reading the labels and think, well, it won't happen to them and buy it anyway because their self-esteem is now attached to the makeup.

Black women are spending a train load of money every year making other people like the Kardashians richer. It seems like everything AA women do cost them a lot more just to look different than what they naturally do. I'm not suggesting don't spend any money on "beauty" products, but be wise when you do and don't let these companies kill you when they push their deadly products on you. If something about the way you look makes you self-conscious and you want to "correct" it, weigh the decision and study the risk first before you go slapping something you bought in a store or online on your face or hair because you saw someone you think is "famous" looking a certain way and you want to be like them. Ain't got their money but you trying to rock their looks with an empty purse. Wake up and rethink that.
 

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Sis. Liberty, I read the article. Thank you for posting this. The products listed with highly hazardous ingredients, such as formaldehyde should not be used at all if you don't want the chance of developing a life threatening disease. The fact that there are fewer alternatives for AA women to choose from doesn't surprise me because we are a unique people, in my opinion, and that's a beautiful thing.

Hair dyes, bleaching products, hair relaxers . . . why put your life, your people's lives and children's lives at such a huge risk? For what?

I want to also add the new rave in wearing a ton of makeup every day to alter (covering blemishes and sculpting) your facial appearance. Products that are made with ingredients from animals and other chemicals that cause health issues should not be used. But somehow, I doubt that will make a difference in AA women's decisions because each one of them will stand in the store reading the labels and think, well, it won't happen to them and buy it anyway because their self-esteem is now attached to the makeup.

Black women are spending a train load of money every year making other people like the Kardashians richer. It seems like everything AA women do cost them a lot more just to look different than what they naturally do. I'm not suggesting don't spend any money on "beauty" products, but be wise when you do and don't let these companies kill you when they push their deadly products on you. If something about the way you look makes you self-conscious and you want to "correct" it, weigh the decision and study the risk first before you go slapping something you bought in a store or online on your face or hair because you saw someone you think is "famous" looking a certain way and you want to be like them. Ain't got their money but you trying to rock their looks with an empty purse. Wake up and rethink that.

Excellent post, Queenie. The first time I heard anything about all of this was when I was preggers. My Obstetrician was a family friend, so he may have taken special care of me, IDK. But, he advised me to stop straightening my hair while I was pregnant. He explained to me that if you use permanent relaxers while pregnant, the lye in them is passed on to the fetus in the bloodline. He said there was, at that time, (and we now know, that still at this time) no conclusive evidence of all of the damage that lye could be doing to the fetus, but one could speculate that it probably is damaging, as the very nature of lye is damaging.

I agreed with him... that MY common sense would lead me to believe that lye would be dangerous in some kind of way. So, I decided that I did not want lye in my baby's blood, and furthermore, I didn't/don't want it in mine either.

I tried to do my own research on this issue on the internet. The only thing I found was an article that stated that 70% of the children of women who worked in beauty salons had ADD or ADHD. Those Mothers were breathing, and absorbing the chemicals they use through skin contact daily. I had been thinking that the phenomena of rampant diagnoses of ADD/ADHD lately might very well correlate with the use of permanent relaxers.

I wondered how many AA Mothers were warned about the possibility of harm permanent relaxers could do to their babies, as I saw so many pregnant women with straightened hair. Did they know? Did they care? My guess would be that they did not know. That they were not informed. And, that bothers me.
 

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The Straight Truth About Using Relaxers While Pregnant and 5 Must-Have Products for Natural Hair Care


Transitioning one’s hair while expecting is a dilemma that so many black women face. For many of us, it’s not even a question of whether or not we will continue to relax our hair when pregnant. Going natural while pregnant is one of the best things you can do for your scalp, you hair, and for your unborn baby’s health.

Pregnancy is a time when many women are open to embracing a healthy diet and lifestyle, to protect and nurture their unborn baby while minimizing exposure to toxins. One of the most common fears women that pregnant women face is the fear of exposing their baby to harmful chemicals and toxic substances. Unfortunately our beauty and hair care products contain a fair amount of these toxic ingredients, particularly our hair-straightening products.

Hair relaxers contain a cocktail of harsh chemicals that can be absorbed through the skin of your vulnerable scalp, so for your sake and baby’s, it’s best to err on the side of caution and whip your hair back and forth au natural throughout your pregnancy. Yes, different kinds of relaxers exist, but they all contain strong toxic substances, don’t get it twisted, “no-lye” doesn’t mean no chemicals. The hair absorbs chemicals but the scalp passes them into the blood stream. What passes into the bloodstream can potentially pass through the blood-placental barrier to your baby. There has not been any conclusive research on the effects of repeat chemical exposure of this nature to mother and fetus, but just assume you’re better off without the perm.

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