My Hair, My Self

A few weeks ago, I went with my friend Stacey to pick up her daughter from school. As my friend’s daughter, Elizabeth, and two of her friends, Sarah and Lydia, piled into the backseat, Stacey told her daughter that the stuff they’d ordered for her hair had come in the mail. Elizabeth excitedly opened the […]

The Beauty Industry’s Invisible Victims

Getting a manicure or a blowout is a regular part of many women’s grooming routines, and we’re all familiar with the risks those treatments can sometimes involve. But we don’t always consider the consequences of hair and nail pampering on the women providing those services. A new report from Women’s Voices for the Earth, “Beauty […]

What You Don’t Know About These Popular Cosmetics

In 2004, the Environmental Working Group, an environmental research and advocacy group, created a cosmetics database to log the potentially harmful chemicals found in personal-care products. Today, the Skin Deep database, which contains information on more than 70,000 products, reveals that many of the lotions and potions we put on our skin, hair and nails can […]

The Top 5 Scariest Toxins in Your Personal-Care Products

How often do we really think about the products we slather on our faces, spray on our hair and apply to our nails? Personal-care products are such a part of our everyday lives that most use them without pause, assuming that these products are safe and regulated. In reality, the Food and Drug Administration is […]

Which Toxins Did YOU Apply Today?

The following is an excerpt from Heather White’s investigative report, “Skin Deep,” published in the Fall 2014 issue of Ms.  Join the Ms. community today and take a digital copy of the issue with you everywhere you go! When I was a little girl, my favorite thing to do was watch my grandmother get ready to go out. […]

In the Latest Issue of Ms.: The Ugly Side of Personal-Care Products

The average woman uses 12 personal-care products a day filled with 168 ingredients, many of which contain toxic substances. Contrary to what you may assume, the Food and Drug Administration is not legally required to test or regulate the products. This means your lipstick, lotion and nail polish could contain carcinogens, mercury or hormone-disrupting chemicals. […]

Good Riddance to Dov Charney

At this point, it seems Dov Charney is better at making headlines than unisex tri-blend T-shirts. After years of rumors, allegations and lawsuits, the founder and CEO of struggling clothing giant American Apparel is finally out of the job. The company’s board of directors voted unanimously this week to strip Charney of his chairmanship and […]