Organic VS. Conventional

Why is it so important to buy organic? For me the number one reason is that it helps heal the planet. In addition, it also tastes better and is has more nutrient density, but that’s besides the point. Conventionally grown crops use soil amendments, herbicides, pesticides and fungicides, and all sorts of other toxic and harmful chemicals that pollute us and our environment. Conventional farming also relies heavily on crude oil and natural gas to run equipment and make fertilizers. More oil = More War. If you don’t care about your own health, what about your loved ones or the future inhabitants of this planet. What kind of world will future generations be left with. Every time you buy organic you are voting. You are saying that you care for the earth and want to see it thrive and be alive.

               

When you buy conventionally you are saying the earth doesn’t matter and you do not mind living in a plastic artificial world where you are forced to wear oxygen masks and strange suits made of synthetic materials to sustain life.

   

You can make a difference starting now by taking responsibility for your personal impact on the planet and the choices you make. An easy shift you can start out with is to buy organic and buy local when possible. Think of the big picture. Where is this product coming from? How is it produced? Where will it go after being used? Does it decompose? Remember..Less is more. Natural is preferred to synthetic. Be a savvy shopper!  GO Green GO Organic! If you have questions regarding where and how to begin with an organic lifestyle, Goinggreentampa.com is a really good source to look into. Especially if you are in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. Please don’t let the word “Organic” intimidate you. There are so many ways to live this lifestyle and do it affordably. Remember if you have any questions, Please don’t hesitate to send us an email. We will be happy to get back to you with an answer soon.

“Heal Yourself, Heal the Planet”

Jared~ My Body Reboot

Keragreen Smoothie Hair V.S. Formaldehyde Poisoning

Earlier this year, Brazilian Blowout, which is based in North Hollywood, Calif., agreed to pay $600,000 in fees and penalties in a settlement with the California attorney general’s office in which it agreed to warn consumers that its product emits formaldehyde gas. The federal government listed formaldehyde as a carcinogen last year.

This knowledge, once exposed should be a no brainer. However, I have seen so many hair stylists just turn away and bury their heads into the deep dark pit of poison in the name of greed. That may sound harsh, but it’s true. I know, I know, we all have bills to pay and having a high ticket item makes this seemingly easier…but is it, truly, in the long run? I think not. As a matter of fact, I know “not“.

Michael Brady, Brazilian Blowout’s chief executive, said the proposed settlement would be paid by his insurance company and would end an unpleasant episode for his company. “We get to sell the product forever without reformulation,” he said. “In my eyes, that’s the acquittal we’ve been waiting for.

I guess this means that they “get” to continue poisoning us and our clients as long as they now, after all these years, warn us of the dangers.

“Mr. Brady said his product posed no issues for stylists or consumers as long as it was used correctly in a well-ventilated area.” “HUH?”

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Are you choosing the right products for your hair and body?

What is Organic?

Organic (adj.): relating to or employing agricultural practices that avoid the use of synthetic chemicals in favor of naturally occurring pesticides, fertilizer, and other growing aids.

Why should you be using organic products as a hairstylist? Why is it so much better for you and the client? How much do you value your well being?

We should all be concerned about what we put in and on our bodies!  Studies have shown that 60% of what we put on our skin will be absorbed into our system.  Most women use as many as 17 beauty products a day. That adds up to 50 lbs of chemicals in a single year!  Researchers now believe that 85-95% of cancer can be traced to environmental exposure from foods we eat, the air we breathe, and the chemicals we are exposed to.

                

The great part is we have options!  We must simply choose foods and beauty products that have the ability to improve our health not harm it!  Some organic products can be a bit more costly however the money that we save staying healthier and happier makes up for the differance!  Everytime that we purchase an organic product, we are supporting the small farmers and family owned companies that help to make America Great!  Each time we choose an organic product,  we are helping to bring healthy living into the main stream and lower the prices! Take care of yourself and each other, use organic products whenever possible and avoid using toxic chemicals. You will want to avoid the following if possible:

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/Laureth Sulfate: These harsh derergents are used in shampoos for their cleansing and foam-building properties.  Often derived from petroleum, these synthetic ingredients can cause eye irritation, scalp irritaion, and tangled hair.  SLS and SLES are used in car washed, as garage floor cleaners, and asengine degreasers.

Parabens (methyl, propyl, butyl, and ethyl): These preservatives are used as inhibitors of microbial growth and to extend the shelf life of products.  These chemicalpreservatices have been identified as estrogenic and disruptive of normal hormone function, and exposure to external estrogens has been shown to be linked to breast cancer.

Propylene Glycol (PG) or Butylene Glycol (BG): Are derived from petroleum.  They penetrate the skin and can weaken protein and cellular structure.  Commonly used to carry extracts into formulas.  PG is strong enough to remove barnacles from boats.Also used as a surfactant or wetting agent, PG is an active ingredient in industrial antifreeze.

Synthetic Colors and Dyes: Used to make cosmetics “pretty,” synthetic colors and dyes are labeled as FD&C or D&C followed by a color and a number.  Green No. 6. Synthetic colors are made from coal tar and contain heavy metal salts that deposit toxins into the skin, causing irritation.  Animal Studies have shown almost all synthetic colors and dyes to be carcinogenic.

Diethanolamine (DEA) and Triethanolamine (TEA): These ingredients are synthetic emulsifiers and/or foaming agents.  They are highly acidic and can cause allergic reactions, eyue irritation, and dryness of hair and skin. DEA and TEA are ammonia compounds wich are potent carcinogens.