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

Starting Over – Career Change at 30 (from the desk to the chair)

Recent conversations with clients have me thinking lately about life and the roads we travel to end up in our chosen careers. I realized that a lot of people are unhappy and scared to take the leap and change what they do for a living. I try to encourage people in doubt by using myself as an example, so I figured I would share my story of how I went from typing up spreadsheets to styling hair for a living.  Continue reading