August 15, 2018 by Stephenetta (isis) Harmon Leave a Comment Two Minneapolis events are looking to put Minnesota on the map for Black hair and beauty. This is no small feat for Minnesota, which is often referred to as a “flyover” state when it comes to major beauty brands and products for African Americans and other people of color. However, Shades of Beauty Expo and Twin Cities Natural Hair & Beauty Show are changing that with their groundbreaking events bringing together Black women and men to celebrate not just hair and beauty, but also health, wellness and community. Nearly a thousand beauty lovers streamed through the separate events to get the latest and greatest on products and deals on hair and beauty must-haves from local and national vendors, as well as to connect with like-minded attendees. The third annual Shades of Beauty Expo (SOBE) kicked off Saturday, August 11 with an “Ambassadors of Beauty Brunch” featuring Dr. Reatha Clark-King while … [Read more...] about Expos put Minneapolis on the Black beauty map
Cancer causing chemicals in beauty products
Melanated women have overcome crazy obstacles despite the growing list of things that threaten their health, livelihood and overall well-being. One of the things on that list includes hair care products: the everyday items used by Black women to smooth strands, lay edges, and moisturize manes. Studies have blown the lid wide open on the toxic chemicals in those products and linked them with illnesses. However, one new Silent Spring Institute study is the first to measure how much of those chemicals are present in Black hair care products. Black women are routinely over-exposed and under-protected from toxic chemicals, which cause problems affecting the body’s hormones and its endocrine system. Yes, this exposure has spurred large health disparities among African-American women and other racial groups. How these chemicals … [Read more...] about Melanin Under Attack: Study Shows How Toxic Hair Products Are To Black Women
Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. I thought I’d done everything right: breastfeeding my children, a careful diet, plenty of exercise. I wasn’t overweight and didn’t have a family history. I bought BPA-free bottles for my filtered water. But on a visit to the radiology department last spring, a pair of red brackets highlighted something worrisome on the ultrasound monitor. Invasive lobular carcinoma—a malignant breast tumor. This spidery little beast measuring nearly three centimeters meant I had stage 2 cancer. At 47, I was a decade and a half younger than the median age for breast cancer diagnosis in the United States. Was this just bad luck? Maybe, but the journalist in me was still curious to know: Why me? So I dug into the literature on risk factors to see where I might have fit in. It’s an impossible question to answer definitively for an individual, like trying to prove that a single weather event was caused by … [Read more...] about Did Drinking Give Me Breast Cancer?
(CBS/AP) Johnson & Johnson says it will remove carcinogenic chemicals and other potentially harmful substances from nearly all its adult toiletries and cosmetic products worldwide within 3.5 years. The health care giant late last year pledged to remove "chemicals of concern" from its baby products sold around the world after being pressed to do so for more than three years by a large coalition of health and environmental groups. Groups at the time alleged chemicals found in products such as the company's popular No More Tears baby shampoo released the carcinogen formaldehyde. Johnson & Johnson told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview Tuesday that it remains on track to have baby products, including the shampoo, reformulated with safer ingredients by the end of 2013. Adult products will be reformulated by the end of 2015. "We want people to have complete peace of mind when they use our products," said Susan Nettesheim, vice president of product stewardship and … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Johnson & Johnson to phase out potentially harmful chemicals by 2015
Americans spend more than $50 billion every year on beauty and skin care products. But there's growing concern that some of the products we use to look good actually could be causing harm. Now a bipartisan group of lawmakers and industry leaders says that has got to change, reports CBS News correspondent Jan Crawford. "It's because of the addition of some chemicals - chemicals for staying power, chemicals for shine," said California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who is leading a bipartisan effort in Congress to give the FDA more power to ensure skin and beauty products are safe. "Our laws should provide for adequate testing of chemicals before they go into widely used products." Cosmetics and skin care products are largely unregulated. Today's products are made with chemicals like formaldehyde -- used in products from nail polish to some chemical hair straighteners - which is known to cause cancer. Other commonly used cosmetic preservatives include propylparaben and lead acetate, used in … [Read more...] about Dangerous chemicals in cosmetics spur action by lawmakers