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Color Dyes & Birth Defects

Many doctors have long suspected that perms and hair dyes cause birth defects. As a result, the medical community all too often has steered pregnant patients away from the procedures. Now stylists can cite the findings of a leading medical institute when informing their expecting clients of the truth: There’s no need to worry about perming or dyeing during pregnancy.

The official word from the University of Massachusetts’ Occupational and Environmental Reproductive Hazard Center:
Perms, temporary hair dyes and permanent hair dyes are considered safe for women during pregnancy, according Dr. Maureen Pau director of the Worcester, MA, clinic and research center.
“The concern has been around for a long time—it’s not new, and the general primary-care physician hasn’t been educated about the sludies on solutions br the hair,” Paul notes. “For perms, the animal data [tests conducted on animals] is negative” for birth defects. “For semipermanent and permanent hair dyes, some of their agents, such as phenyldiamines and toluenediamines, have been found to be mutagenic in mammalian cell studies. That means they can damage the DNA in cells. However, the doses that cause maternal toxicity are very high.” In comparison, very little of the substances are present when hair is being dyed, she says.
“And there is very little systemic absorption,” Paul adds. “Most of the substances bind in the hair shaft. It’s been shown that they can be absorbed through the skin, but the amount of systemic absorption is not very high and nowhere near enough to cause problems or fetal effects.”

Stylists themselves, however, should handle with care the chemicals and other substances around the salon. “Some studies suggest that hairdressers may have an increase in bladder cancers, so it’s important for beauticians to handle the chemicals carefully, have good ventilation and take other precautions to prevent chronic exposure,” Paul warns.

HARCOLOR SCARE DOES A QUICK FADE
Here’s important and reassuring information to share with your clients.
 
A seven year study by the  American Cancer Society  has found that the use of permanent haircolor does not increase the risk of cancer.
Now salon owners and stylists can cite a leading medical institute when informing their expecting clients of the truth: There’s no need to worry about perming or dyeing during pregnancy.

The official word from the University of Massachusetts’ Occupational and Environmental Reproductive Hazard Center: Perms, temporary hair dyes and permanent hair dyes are considered safe for women during pregnancy, according to Maureen Paul, M.D., M.Ph.D., director of the Worcester, MA, clinic and research center.
“The concern has been around for a long time—it’s not new, and the general primary-care physician hasn’t been educated about the studies on solutions for the hair,” Dr. Paul notes. “For perms, the animal data [tests conducted on animals] is negative” for birth defects.

 You mat print this out & put it up in your salon.

 Stylists protect yourself, always use gloves -do not touch color or bleached with out them!!!!

 

 

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