What are we really putting in our hair?

All of us are (hopefully) always aware of our hygiene, and would naturally want the best products to achieve these means. If you didn’t notice, I am generally concerned about health issues whether it’s regarding what we eat, what we breathe or what we use or even do on a daily basis.

While browsing around on the last site that interested me, that same Story of Stuff I was writing about last time, I found a bunch of links that the author has composed to help us start to treat ourselves and the environment better. The author has her own blog on the site, and her posts cover a variety of subjects that interested me. One in particular, which can be read here, lists suggestions on how to prevent the adverse effects of the capitalism system we have developed, and how to make the earth and ourselves better.

One of the most interesting links I found on the site though, is the Cosmetic Database. This has been developed by the Environmental Working Group to promote consumer awareness of products we use for hygiene, etc. It is basically a database of companies and their products, which can be searched and cross referenced by concerned potential customers. Whether you use hair products such as shampoo, hair dye, and gel, or cosmetics such as facial cream and lipstick, this site may be beneficial for you. A lot of these products don’t have any warnings on the label about their hazardous potential effects due to the methods of their production, simply because the FDA doesn’t require these warnings. Can you believe that? I was shocked to find out even that a lot of the so-called “organic” products may have additives that can harm us. Anyway, if you are interested, visit the site, type in the products that you use and they will be rated on a scale 1-10 based on how safe they are for use.

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