Screenshot of Sesame Street's video, "I love My Hair." Photo: SesameStreet / YouTube
Sesame Street recently aired an episode of their popular childrens' television series featuring a young brown puppet singing a song about loving her natural hair, Salon.com reports.
The video clip encourages young viewers to embrace their hair--whether it's curly, frizzy, or straight as a pin--and is a broader statement, as Stylist.com notes, on not conforming to society's definition of beautiful. As more evidence supports the toxic chemicals in common hair care products, cosmetics, and fragrances, this idea is as important as ever.
The song starts out: "Don't need a trip to the beauty shop..."
Video: SesameStreet / YouTube
As someone who rarely uses hair care products and has never used permanent hair dyes, I'm often surprised at the lengths women and men go to achieve 'perfect' hair and at the price they pay--both in out-of-pocket expense and health risk.
The Brazilian Blowout, at up to $500, is one such formula that was recently found to contain high levels of formaldehyde; classified by the International Agency for Research on Carcinogens (IARC) as 'carcinogenic to humans'.
While many salons have now nixed the procedure, clients continue to ask for the procedure regardless of risk--whether it be out of routine or the desire for perfect hair. Could a natural hair care movement be the cure?
As co-authors Siobhan O'Connor and Alexandra Spunt allude to in their book, No More Dirty Looks: The Truth About Beauty Products, when it comes to cure-all cosmetics and magic hair care products, if it seems to good to be true, it probably is; their dream hair, attained with the Brazilian Blowout, hardly lasted.
The co-authors now keep up a blog, of the same name, and have run challenges asking readers to skimp on the makeup and hair care products. Their recent No Makeup Challenge--which I participated in, I'm number 29 in the photo--was preceded by a Summer Hair Challenge, in which readers were encouraged to embrace their lovely natural locks by going a week using only natural shampoo and conditioner, and no heat.
Has your hair care or beauty regime changed as a result of learning more about the toxic chemicals in common fragrances, cosmetics, and hair care products? Tell us in the comment section, below.