Archive for March, 2008

Now-Banned Hair Dyes Linked to Bladder Cancer

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

The Washington Post is reporting, along with a number of other publications, the confirmed report that popular hair dyes used extensively in the early 1970’s are linked to bladder cancer. The authors of the new report on hair dye, have said the findings confirm what was first suspected back in the 1970s — that hair dyes appear to increase the risk of cancer. Thankfully, the coloring agents in question were discontinued in the 1970s when it was discovered they tested positive for cancer in lab rodents.

Dr. Michael J. Thun, head of epidemiological research at the American Cancer Society stated “This report updates an earlier review done in the 1990s, which called the evidence inadequate to determine the risk of cancer.” This leaves the debate open, somewhat, as to whether or not the same cancer risk is connected with hair dyes and chemicals still in use today in salon’s worldwide.

“These studies were done over years, and cancer takes years to develop. So the relevant exposures would have been in the past, and the products have changed,” Thun said. “So this report doesn’t provide any evidence about the risk of current exposure.”

The findings of the new study are being published in the April issue of The Lancet Oncology.

For more information on cancer and hair dyes, visit U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Hairdressers Unlocking Hope

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

What would you get if you combined, Vidal Sassoon, and Habitat for Humanity? Sound like an odd mix? Fair enough – but what you’d likely come up with is the new charity Hairdressers Unlocking Hope.

Vidal Sassoon (not just the company, but the man himself) has partnered with Habitat for Humanity and the salon publication Mary – Behind the Chair, to build a community of homes in New Orleans for victims of Katrina. By November of 2008, the group hopes to have several homes built so that recipient families can begin to rebuild their lives.

Vidal Sassoon was himself homeless, as a young boy, and one of the things he attributes to his success was the “gift” the English government gave his family and others after WWII – the gift of a new home. A place where the family could feel safe. A place where they could start to rebuild their lives.

These three organizations have put together a terrific charity to which the salon and stylist community, and others, can easily get involved to help families rebuild, restart, and refresh their sense of dignity.

For more information, or to donate, visit the Hairdressers Unlocking Hope website today.

Launchpad’s Spring Fashion Article

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

Beauty Launchpad, a respected beauty industry publication, has released their spring fashion article of the month which highlights the organized chaos that seems to be this year’s trend. Perhaps questionably labeled, but appropriate none-the-less, launchpad notes “Style schizophrenia is spring’s new mania.”

Due to the apparent ‘style indecision’ evoked by loud contrasting designs and colors, spring seems hell bent on mixing things up and forcing even the most avant-guard fashionista’s to strut outside of their comfort zones.

Here’s a clip from the article by Karie L. Frost

The dueling voices in your head create a fashion fracas whenever you poke through your closet. The pull of sublime minimalism dukes it out with the desire for ostentatious ornamentation. While the bohemian in you is tickled at the sight of free-flowing shapes, your right-leaning style pundit calls for tight, tucked silhouettes. Punchy tropical hues catch your eye, but, then again, so do those moodier jewel tones that suss out your more sophisticated side. The good news:

This spring, you won’t need meds to silence your internal bickering since designers are celebrating contrast in its many forms. Pulling inspiration from art, nature, politics, fashion, pop culture and everything in between, designers churn out a crush of contrasting trends to reconcile your fighting fashion personalities.

Expo West 2008

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

In about a week, more than 47,000 people will descend upon the “green” Expo 2008. They’ve changed the name to “Natural Products Expo West” and they’re preparing to host a 4 day exhibition of some of the coolest and “greenest” products around. I’m of the opinion that there should be some sort of watchdog organization to oversee exactly what measures up to “green” standards, but that’s for another post.

March 13-16 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Orange County, CA, will be home to more than 1800 exhibitors each showing off their latest wares and goods covering a wide range of industries from organic foods, health-focused products, sustainable living, alternative living, and beauty products. If it’s green, if it’s organic, and if it’s sold to consumers, there’s a good chance it’ll be on display at the show.

The show is “produced” by New Hope Natural Media and will feature guest speakers from food guru’s, and industry pioneers. The keynote address will be delivered by New York Times Magazine award-winning author Michael Pollan, winner of the James Beard Award for best food writing for his book The Omnivore’s Dilemma, which is certain to be entertaining and educational.

Exhibitors and attendees will have the option to purchase renewable energy certificates via registration. This will help them offset energy consumption for attending. For more information visit