As a hairdresser for many years, I myself had made the statement numerous times, when people would complain about being exposed to the chemical smell or being in contact with the actual product on their head. “Is this suppose to itch burn or sting like it is doing on my head?” My response would be something along the lines of; “You don’t have a choice, there are no other options”. Just remember no pain no gain. All the time in the back of my head I had this nagging desire to be free of having to subject my clients to this level of discomfort and exposure. After all I was in the process of making the client look and feel more beautiful and better about themselves. Having to have something unpleasant happen during the process took the edge off the experience in my mind.
Having not been around ammonia since 2005, I can definitely say that when I am exposed to it, it amazes me to be hit (there’s that word again) with that pungent toxic smell, which I didn't’t really notice for so many years. (Or more to the point, had to put out of my mind for so many years.)
My research has uncovered, that about 50 to 60% of people that have their hair colored with ammonia based color, suffer some degree of adverse reaction. This has also been confirmed by many other salons that have switched to Organic Color Systems as well. Headaches, feeling ill or nauseous, feeling foggy or the like. I have had some people tell me that they go to bed for 24 hours or so after they have their hair colored with ammonia based products. The price of beauty, as some would refer to it.
By the way, I only started to find this out after I became toxic myself, from over exposure the the chemicals in the salon. I had an adverse effect on the skin on my face. It started out as small dry,red, raised, itchy patches on cheeks, neck, and soon my eyes. Until in the middle of the night I woke up with an aver whelming Hot sensation on my face and became aware that my face had swollen to a pumpkin and looked as though my skin had a server burn look to it.
What advantages there are for the hairdresser, both from a health perspective and as an artist or technician is a whole different article. Being able to color hair and maintain the integrity of the hair has numerous advantages both creatively and ethically it is a source of interest to me that so many clients that have had Organic Color Systems used on their hair refuse to go back to ammonia based colors. Which I totally understand!
The number of public individuals that have asked me the following question are numerous;
“Why would any hairdresser use that old ammonia stuff when there is an option like Organic Color Systems?”
The answer to that is Hairdresser's have a hard time with Change!!! when they already have a product that they know works and what the outcome will be!!! So why change????