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A Serious Note About Your Hair, Skin and Nails
What harm is a jar of face cream or a stick of deodorant, or even some good smelling hair grease for your daughter? If you don't know the answer to that, and especially if you are an African American woman, you should keep reading.
According to EWG, there are more than 10,500 harmful chemicals that are lurking in everything, from your lipstick, lotion, hair products, makeup, etc. More astonishing is most of these chemicals have not been proven safe. African American women bear a disproportionate burden of the chemicals in cosmetics compared to their white counterparts. African American women spend more money on beauty products than any other demographic, resulting in more exposure to allergies, cancer, reproductive disorders, and other illnesses related to chemical exposure.
Some of these products are ubiquitous in our community. The pink lotion; the one you use in your hair and on your baby, vaseline, and the hair relaxer, just to name a few.
Manufacturers exploit our desire to feel and appear beautiful. They market their toxic chemicals by promoting the "European Standard" of beauty and African-American celebrity endorsements. Have you noticed the overwhelming amount of Actresses and other entertainers that have hair and skincare lines? Don't be fooled. turn the bottle around, read the ingredient label, make an intelligent choice.
You have to take the lead when it comes to your health. You have the power. According to a WWD report, African American women spend $7.5 Billion on beauty products, that's more than any other demographic. Even with that, we are grossly misrepresented in the board rooms of the corporations profiting from these purchases, and they don't care that the ingredients are toxic. There is very little talk about what these products are formulated with. Yes, this is serious, and it's up to us to fix it. "We are the ones we have been waiting for." -June Jordan
In my book, "The Cosmetic Label Snob, The GreenSistah™'s Guide to 100 Nasty Ingredients you Should Avoid in your Cosmetics", I give you a list of ingredients you should avoid when choosing products.
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Willette Monk (AKA) The OG