Being in the beauty industry for over 10 years, I was given the opportunity to fully learn, study and use thousands of professional hair and make up products. During this time I was able to experience the effects of typical salon-quality hair color on myself and the clients we served. I noticed that my hair was thinning and losing its fullness more and more each year. I tried talking to my doctor and expressing my concerns but all I received was a compassionless “you’re getting older and you will just have to live with it” response. If anyone knows me at all, they would understand this was not good enough for me. I was now determined to stop this myself and find some answers.
Not long after, I ended up moving to beautiful Santa Rosa, CA and found myself on the search for a new hair stylist. While on the hunt for a new salon, I found a little place near the “Sprouts” shopping center that was advertising Organic Hair Color in the window.
What a surprise! A new hair line that I didn’t know? Of course I had to check it out. First application I noticed no smell, no itching, and absolutely no irritation. My color turned out beautiful and my hair was actually healthier after my color then before I walked in. When has this ever happened ladies and gents?? Never. Fastforward a few months; I noticed my hair started gradually filling in and becoming thicker. Could this be the answer to all my hair problems?
Looking around I noticed more and more women my age or older experiencing thinning hair. Research shows that 40% of hair loss victims are women! What?? This can’t be okay. Common sense tells me- if I put Ammonia (which I clean my floors with) on my scalp, let it sit for 30-45 min, cooking it under a hair dryer in some cases, and do this again and again every 5 weeks…hmmm. I wonder what that is doing to my tiny little hair follicles? What about all of the other chemicals that are in hair color? What is this doing to my immune system? What other long term damages is this causing other than the obvious hair loss?
Have you ever asked your stylist
what products they are using on your hair?
List of a few of the Harmful Ingredients in Haircolor:
When ammonia enters the body as a result of breathing, swallowing or skin contact, it reacts with water to produce ammonium hydroxide. This chemical is very corrosive and damages cells in the body on contact. What about if I have too much ammonia? What is happening to those poor hair stylists if they are around it all the time?
The severity of health effects depends on the route of exposure, the dose and the duration of exposure. Exposure to high concentrations of ammonia in air causes immediate burning of the eyes, nose, throat and respiratory tract and can result in blindness, lung damage or death. Inhalation of lower concentrations can cause coughing and nose or throat irritation. Swallowing ammonia can cause burns to the mouth, throat and stomach. Skin or eye contact with concentrated ammonia can also cause irritation and burns.
Resorcinol has been shown to cause the following health concerns: Endocrine disruption, organ system toxicity: skin irritantion and sensitizer.
PPD has been shown to cause the following health concerns: Skin sensitization, cancer, mutagenicity, organ system toxicity.
It is also proven to trigger allergic reactions to hair dye which can result in severe dermatitis, swelling, eye irritation, and tearing. The EPA warns that long-term exposure can lead to asthma, gastritis, renal failure, vertigo, tremors, convulsions, and coma in humans.
Paraben have shown to cause the following: Endocrine disruption, skin cancer, developmental and reproductive toxicity.
I would get into what we put on our faces with make up and skin care, but I am sure you are getting my drift.
No thank you! Time to take control of
what we allow to be put on our bodies.
My life brought me back to Texas and this time I was searching for a new hair stylist in my area who used Organic Color. I found her but she lived over an hour away from my home, but without a second thought, she was my new organic stylist. Life is great right? Well my hair-happiness was short lived. One day my stylist decided to do something entirely different with her life and left the industry leaving me in need of a new organic stylist and completely lost on where to find one.
During this time my daughter, a cosmetologist, was working at a blow out salon where she was learning the ins and outs of management as well as the very popular blow out concept that was hitting the beauty industry. When talking about my need for a new organic salon, she shared her concerns about some of her clients not getting the best or healthiest color while away from her.
This led me to decide that DFW needed a salon that cares about your hair-health; where they promised to ensure the best chemical/ammonia free products and partnered with the saught-after, long-lasting and best blow outs. This would be the perfect concept for the Keller and Southlake area; a central and easy to navigate location for much of Dallas/Fort Worth.
Not only did I decide that my hair care line would be chemical free but my make up line would be too. After many years of trials and research my decision was a no brainer-Kevin Murphy hair care and Jane Ireldale make up partnered up perfectly, bringing you what I believe to be the best and safest professional beauty products on the market.
Head Case Hair Studio is dedicated to give back to our community through partnering with non-profit organizations monthly and is a Certified Green Circle Salon, which means that we recycle upto 98% of all our waste.
All of this together with the most talented staff in DFW for the “Best Blow Outs in Keller”, chemical and cruelty free color and cuts, bridal and special occasion hair and makeup; Head Case Hair Studio was born. Also known as “…a Salon that Cares”.