listed on the product label, according to the report.
“Unfortunately, companies aren’t required to disclose everything that’s in their products, so it’s hard for consumers to make informed choices,” said study co-author Robin Dodson.
While the chemicals detected by the researchers aren’t unique to hair products used by black women, the levels in these products were generally higher than in other hair products, the researchers said.
“Black women are overexposed and under-protected from toxic chemicals,” said Janette Robinson Flint, executive director of the nonprofit group Black Women for Wellness. “This study is evidence that hair products are an important source of toxic chemicals, and that we need to remove these risks to protect black women’s lives and prevent harm.”
Our hair should not be a death sentence. Take precautions and read the back of product labels. Do the research on daily topical products you apply to your hair and skin every single day. Moving toward this type knowledge will be of great service to you in the end.
Find out more about black hair care and tips here, on BlackDoctor.org.
SOURCES: Silent Spring Institute, news release, April 25, 2018