Hair stylists are at higher risks of developing specific health complications, such as:
Greener/chemical free/organic products are not easily accessible in South Los Angeles.
Active shopping is necessary and time consuming and it is difficult to find alternative/safer products.
Hair care professionals are both curious and concerned about the chemicals in the products they utilize regularly. Hair care professionals want to know more about the health impacts for both themselves and customers.
“After 20 years in the beauty industry, my friends have no fingerprints, they literally cannot go to the DMV, put their hands down and have a scan.” Quote from a focus group participant on the long-term effects of being in the beauty industry.
Occupational workplace exposures include chemical, ergonomic and reproductive hazards plus respiratory irritants.
Salon workers’ reproductive health challenges include uterine fibroids and miscarriages.
Stylists indicated interest in learning more about healthier workplaces and meeting with other workers or owners to talk about safer salons.