Ingredients to avoid

Use adequate skin protection.

Red cause long term health problems. They should be avoided. The yellow cause short term issues, try to minimize as much as possible, limit time of contact, and take safety precautions like ventilation, and adequate skin protection.

Toluene: Nail polish, nail glue, hair dye, wig glue/hairpiece bonding. Short Term Issues: Dizziness, headaches, skin rashes, eye, nose, throat irritation. Long Term Damage: Liver damage, kidney damage, birth defects, pregnancy loss Cyclopentasiloxane or cyclomethicone: Flat iron sprays, thermal protection sprays. Under the high heat of a flat iron, cyclopentasiloxane creates formaldehyde. Short Term Issues: Formaldehyde leads to breathing problems, coughing, wheezing, skin rashes, eye, nose, throat irritation. Long Term Damage: Formaldehyde exposure may cause cancer, dermatitis 2-butoxyethanol or Ethylene glycol monobutyl ether: Disinfectants, cleaners. Short Term Issues: Headache, eye and nose irritation. Long Term Damage: Reproductive toxin.

P-phenylenediamine : Hair dyes, black henna tattoos. Short Term Issues: Skin irritation. Dermatitis Glyceryl thioglycolate: Permanent wave solutions, “acid perms” . Short Term Issues: Skin irritation. Dermatitis Ammonium persulfate: Hair bleach. Short Term Issues: Eye, skin and nose irritation, coughing, shortness of breath. Asthma, dermatitis

Take safety precautions like ventilation.


  • Block out hydration resulting in a moisture barrier that eventually causes breakage
  • Adding heat creates a “laminating” effect

Bad Silicones to Be Aware Of

As with most beauty products and ingredients, not all silicones are created equal. "Bad" silicones (including dimethicone, cetyl dimethicone, cetearyl methicone, dimethiconol, stearyl dimethicone, cyclomethicone, amodimethicone, trimethylsilylamodimethicone, and cyclopentasiloxane) are the ones that are not water-soluble

“The adverse effects of the fragrance constituents as phthalates, paraben, glutaraldehyde, hydroperoxides, oil of turpentine, metals, nitro musks, and essential oils, among others, are being identified. The endocrine-immune-neural axis perturbation pathways of these chemicals are being proven. Despite the revelations of cause-effect nexus, a majority of the vulnerable populations are unaware and unmotivated to avoid these 'slow poisons'....In this regard, a number of pathologies triggered by fragrance exposure, yet proven only scantily have been hypothesized. Analysis of the health issues from multiple facets, including the pivotal 'stressors - extracellular acidosis - aromatase upregulation - estrogen hyperproduction - inflammation' link has been proposed.”-Seema Patel

Not all silicones are created equal.


Glass can resist high heat and will not alter the aroma or flavour of the product.

Why Glass?

From OWAY: “7 years ago we decided to intervene on the last link in the supply chain, by eliminating plastic containers and embracing glass and aluminium for all our product lines. Since then, we have used pharmaceutical and food glass because of its rare ability to preserve what biodynamics, research and green and clean chemistry achieve in order to make our treatments unique.

Glass packaging is designed to resist high heat, to protect food from light and to remove any possible chemical interaction with the food contained inside. All without altering aromas and flavours and preserving the taste of the product”

150 Million Pounds

Why glass? "This year alone, salons across the United States will contribute more than 150 million pounds of unrecycled foil, toxic chemical waste, and plastic bottles to landfills and water systems." -Benjamin Novak Hudgins


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