Multiple Chemical Sensitivities – being a hairstylist with environmental illness

After my exposure to formaldehyde from the Brazilian Blowout in 2011, the chemical poisoning I experienced resulted in various health problems, including sensitivity to chemicals. Over the years, the sensitivity started to become worse.

By the month of May this past spring, I developed severe MCS (Multiple  Chemical Sensitivities) after visiting a recently renovated home that exposed me to various toxic chemicals. That was the tipping point, and Continue reading


Ditching the Shampoo

Life after formaldehyde poisoning has led me on a journey to a less toxic life style. One of the most detrimental ingredients in products is that of “fragrance.” Fragrance in products contains a slew of toxic ingredients. That one word contains a plethora of undisclosed toxins.  Some examples of other chemicals in shampoo to avoid include methylisothiazoline, sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens, phthalates, and my all-time favorite, formaldehyde.

 As I remove various products from my life, I came to realize that Continue reading

Big Changes & the Launching of Pretty Toxic

It’s been a while since my last post (being my trip to Washington, D.C. for the Salon Week of Action) and that is about to change. Tousled is in the process of being re-vamped, but thank you for your patience in the interim.

Since the Salon Week of Action, huge efforts have been made in the fight to get toxic products, such as the Brazilian Blowout, off the market. Once I returned home, I collaborated Continue reading