Black women need to be wary of their hair care products

Beauty Products Marketed to Black Women

The U.S. was considered the most valuable beauty and personal care market in the world. That year, the American beauty and personal care business reached a market value of 80 billion U.S. dollars. And the African American women spend 7.5 in 2016.

However, there are recent reported dangers of products the African American women use regularly. Since you use products that you feel make you look and feel pretty, I would recommend checking out each of them to confirm their result.

The FDA, Environmental Working Group and the University of Rochester have completed research with similar conclusions, that Black Women are marketed with products that have health causing issues, which are not only harmful to themselves but to future generations in terms of unborn children, compared to other ethnic groups.

Some website locations that can be visited to obtain information include:

  1. Beauty Products Marketed to Black Women
  2. The Grapevine
  3. CNN – Could African American beauty products pose health risks

 By Paul Pestano, Senior Database Analyst, Nneka Leiba, Deputy Director of Research, and Brit’ny Hawkins, EWG Consultant

BIG MARKET FOR BLACK COSMETICS, BUT LESS-HAZARDOUS CHOICES LIMITED  “In an analysis of ingredients in 1,177 beauty and personal care products marketed to Black women, about one in 12 was ranked highly hazardous on the scoring system of EWG's Skin Deep® Cosmetics Database, a free online resource for finding less-hazardous alternatives to personal care products. Skin Deep® compares product ingredients to more than 60 toxicity and regulatory databases and scientific studies, and rates the products from 1 (lowest hazard) to 10 (highest hazard). With the addition of the products analyzed for this report, Skin Deep® now rates more than 64,000 products.” Research has mostly focused on chemical hair straighteners for Black women and girls. The two most common methods of chemical hair straightening involve products called relaxers and texturizers, which contain harsh ingredients like lye that break down the chemical bonds in hair, allowing it to be styled. Scientists have found that use of chemical hair straighteners has been linked to certain forms of baldness,[4] increased risk of the formation of uterine leiomyomata – noncancerous growths in the uterus[5] – and among pregnant women, premature birth, low infant birth weight and other pregnancy- and birth-related problems.[6] This article is to recommend for beautiful African American women to use products that will continue to enhance their attractiveness as well as to increase their awareness of using products that are safe and not endanger their health or the health of their future children. CCJones