Hairdressers use a huge amount of cosmetic products (shampoos, conditioners, dyes, colours, perms and fragrances). Many of these products contain substances that are classified as hazardous to human health or the environment.

Overall, the hazardous substance reduction potential at the hairdresser sector is considerable, although at a single business it might look marginal:

There are 400–500 000 hairdressing salons in the EU employing ca. 1 million people and serving ca. 350 million potential customers per year. For example, in Denmark in 2010 ca. 1.8 million hair dye products were sold. The highly sensitizing chemicals para-phenylendiamine (PPD) and resorcinol were analysed in hair dyes at concentration ranges from 0.04 – 0.25% and 0.05 – 2.2% respectively. The potential for substitution of these two hazardous chemicals in one product group is considerable.

Read more title publication O4.5 and hairdressers handbook.


Do you want to know which hazardous ingredients can be found in professional cosmetics? Maybe HANDBOOK FOR HAIRDRESSERS can answer to your questions.*

* the handbook was created under the project “Baltic Info Campaign on Hazardous Substances” (LIFE 10 INF/EE/108)