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Are Your Haircare Products Hazardous To Your Health?

Photo credit: Dellon Thomas Did you know that hair products for Black women and children tested for 45 endocrine-disrupting or asthma-associated chemicals? The culprits include: relaxers (lye and no-lye), hot oil treatments, leave-in conditioners, anti-frizz/polish, root stimulator, and hair lotion. These products have endocrine-disrupting chemicals like phthalates, phenols, parabens, synthetic fragrances, and more. These chemicals, particularly in relaxers and hair oil, are associated with higher incidences of hormone-mediated diseases like fibroids and increased risk of breast cancer. They're also linked to a higher prevalence of asthma. Several of the chemicals found in these hair products are prohibited by the EU (European Union) and California Prop 65 due to their link to reproductive toxicity and cancer. To add insult to injury,...

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5 Reasons To Use This Body Butter On Your Hair

Although I live in southern California, I look forward to the cooler fall and winter months. I like the feel of soft, cozy sweaters and wearing ‘fashion’ boots. I refer to them as ‘fashion’ boots because it really doesn’t get cold enough to warrant cold weather boots. Hey, this is Los Angeles; it’s all about style. The downside to the chilly, crisper days and colder nights, is that my hair loses moisture. Moisture loss causes dull, dry hair and scalp. One telltale sign that the weather has gotten the best of my hair is when I hear the snap and crackle of my strands when I’m combing them or they become wiry-looking. I refuse to let the cold weather have...

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