Take baby steps into “going green” and becoming a label reader

We will be bringing you tidbits every week to keep you informed, or just humored, on the subject of health and beauty.

Our first topic is kind of a big deal, so we thought it would be fitting for kickoff. Before we begin, go ahead and grab a bottle of your favorite shampoo, lotion or hand soap, and put it next to you for some good reading in just a few moments. I am challenging you to take baby steps to becoming a label reader (if you already are, high five). Now, you may think that “going green” and label reading sounds exhausting, confusing, and too expensive. Here is the deal…

  • I take little time to read a label (we learned to read at age 5, we are pros by now)
  • Purer ingredients are more expensive but worth it. Give up one dinner out a month for a good shampoo and conditioner, and you have broken even.
  • Wait, your right that it’s confusing. I can help.

The confusing part…

Neuma Products Are a Healthy Hair Care Alternative. Let me start by reminding you that your skin is the largest organ of your body and that it absorbs 60% of what you put on it. There are an incredible amount of naughty ingredients in our hair and skin care products, you know who you are. So I say to you, parabens, sodium laurel/laureth sulfate, propylene glycol, and fragrance, I am un-friending you. Parabens, or chemically derived preservatives in products, have been found in biopsied tumors of cancer patients…boo. Sodium laurel/laureth sulfates are actually found in engine degreasers, say what? Propylene glycol may actually impair hair growth over time (kind of a big deal for those of us who wish for thick, luxurious hair. Wait, that’s everyone. Then, there is one of my personal favorites, fragrance. The word fragrance is a blanket word for a whopping 5,000 approved ingredients. Of those 5,000, only 1,500 have been tested. Of those tested, 850 have been recognized as toxic or known carcinogens. Now go ahead, check the bottle you set next to you earlier. If your label is squeaky clean, double high five. If not, consider donating it to your garbage can. Feeling skeptical? Check out my factiods on neumabeauty.com.

I am not writing this as a “shame on you for using this junk”, I just want to spread the word. If it seems overwhelming to make a change, just swap out one naughty product for a nice one at a time. Your body will thank you. Working at KBella has opened my eyes to this chemical insanity, and we wish to share this with you so you can make educated decisions about what we put on our bodies.

I know, I know this has been a heavy topic to cover…promise to lighten up a bit next week.

Have A Beautiful Week!

Kristan Sayers

Kristan is an International Design Artist with Neuma, and the owner of K Bella Hair Studio & Spa. She opened K Bella in 2009, where she also began her own Academy Program training students to become licensed cosmetologists. In 2016 she became the State Representative for licensing regulations to help watch for legislative changes that could hurt the beauty industry. Kristan is also known for working with salons to help them grow and train their hairdressers and guiding them in everything from salon design to training programs for salon owners and managers.

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