A Closer Look at Chemicals in Hairdressing and Barbering

A Closer Look at Chemicals in Hairdressing and Barbering

In the world of hairdressing, the allure of transformation often comes with a hidden cost: the use and disposal of chemicals. Our recent industry research report delves into this complex landscape, shedding light on the implications for chemical usage on both hairdressing industry professionals and the environment.

At the core of our findings lies a sobering truth: many commonly used hairdressing products include chemicals that pose significant risks to human health and the environment. Chemicals such as ammonia, PPD, and formaldehyde, prevalent in traditional colour and bleach products, have been identified as particularly problematic. While alternatives like ammonia- and PPD-free products offer a glimmer of hope, the reality remains that viable substitutes for these chemicals are few and far between.

Compounding this issue is the lack of stringent regulation within the hairdressing industry. Unlike other professions where ongoing training and certification are mandatory, hairdressing professionals often find themselves navigating a landscape where the onus is on them to seek out additional health and safety education. The absence of mandatory refreshers leaves both stylists and their clients vulnerable to potential risks.

However, amidst these challenges, our report aims to offer hope and actionable solutions. We explored innovative approaches to minimise chemical waste, including the adoption of colour inventory software systems like SmartMix. Additionally, our analysis of chemical disposal methods revealed that waste-to-energy processes hold promise as a more environmentally friendly alternative to traditional chemical recycling.

Building upon our research, we've crafted a set of practical recommendations and guidelines tailored to empower members of the hairdressing community. Whether you're a salon owner, a barber, or a freelancer, our insights aim to assist you in safeguarding not only your business and clientele but also the planet.

Ultimately, our report serves as a clarion call to both professionals and product companies alike. It underscores the urgent need for heightened awareness, responsible practices, and collaborative efforts to navigate the intricate nexus of chemicals, health, and sustainability in the realm of hairdressing and barbering.

As we embark on this journey towards a safer, healthier future, let us heed the lessons learned and embrace the transformative power of informed action. Together, we can pave the way for a brighter tomorrow—one where beauty thrives in harmony with the environment and human well-being.


Read our hairdressing chemicals report here.

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