Julie is an Educator at a prestigious Cosmetology in New York, and also a passionate Eco-friendly stylist. She learned how to deliver hairstyles ranging from avant-garde to classically elegant through extensive training at top salons under celebrity stylists and colorists in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York City. She is a master at color correction, she constantly turns out color perfection that is uncontrived and effortlessly beautiful. With every cut she aims to highlight each clients facial structure by enhancing the natural movement and texture of her clients’ hair, creating styles that grow out beautifully and are easy to style at home.
The skin is a living, breathing tissue that covers and protects our body, but skin also absorbs things that come into contact with it. Just as prescription drugs can be delivered through our skin via a patch, lotions, soaps, shampoos, and other body care products are absorbed by our skin. If we use shampoo made of petrochemicals and other chemical preservatives, we absorb that. If we use natural shampoo made of natural oils and herbs, we absorb those botanical ingredients instead.
USDA National Organic Standards Board defines ‘Organic’ as a labeling term that denotes products produced that restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony. The primary goal of organic agriculture is to optimize the health and productivity of soil life, plants, animals and people.
Hairstylist are starting to raise awareness for using healthier options and stop using unsafe, unhealthy products. After all we are the trained professionals it is our ethical duty to step up!
5 most common ingredients to avoid in cosmetics according to the Environmental Working Group.
Parabens (Methyl, Propyl, Butyl and Ethyl) — Used as inhibitors of microbial growth to extend shelf life of products. Have caused many allergic reactions and skin rashes. Parabens penetrate the skin and appear in the blood and have been found to have hormone-disrupting qualities, such as the ability to mimic estrogen. Currently, this is of concern to researchers since parabens have been found in breast cancer tissue. :
Synthetic Fragrances — The synthetic fragrances used in cosmetics can have as many as 200 ingredients. There is no way to know what the chemicals are, since on the label it will simply read "fragrance”. Some problems caused by these chemicals include headaches, dizziness, rash, hyperpigmentation, violent coughing, vomiting, skin irritation—the list goes on. Advice: Don't buy a cosmetic that has the word "fragrance" on the ingredients label.:
Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate — A cheap, harsh detergent used in shampoos for its cleansing and foam-building properties. Often derived from petroleum, it is frequently disguised in pseudo-natural cosmetics with the phrase "comes from coconuts”. It causes eye irritation, scalp scurf similar to dandruff, skin rashes and other allergic reactions.
Diethanolamine (DEA), Triethanolamine (TEA) — Often used in cosmetics as emulsifiers and/or foaming agents. They can cause allergic reactions, eye irritation and dryness of hair and skin. DEA and TEA are "amines" (ammonia compounds) and can form cancer-causing nitrosamines when they come in contact with nitrates. Toxic if absorbed into the body over a long period of time.
Diazolidinyl Urea, Imidazolidinyl Urea — These are widely used preservatives. The American Academy of Dermatology has found them to be a primary cause of contact dermatitis. Two trade names for these chemicals are Germall II and Germall 115. Neither of the Germall chemicals contains a good antifungal agent, and they must be combined with other preservatives. Both these chemicals release formaldehyde, which can be toxic.