Updated: Monday, November 16, 2020

Daily, everyone of us is exposed to air pollution without noticing. Both inside and outside air pollution has damaging effects on our mental health and overall well-being.

As you may know, you as a hairdresser are more exposed to air pollution due to your job situation and the chemicals that some hair products contain. But there are even more polluting factors in your salon that you might not be aware of!

At NATULIQUE, we strongly believe that highly performative products can be clean! Everyday, we fight for a future where hairdressers around the world practice their profession without harming their own, their clients’ and the planet’s health.

Let’s look closer into the phenomenon of air pollution and how you as a hairdresser can reduce the different types of air pollution in your salon!

Why is Air Pollution a Relevant Issue?

Effects of Air Pollution

Polluted air affects 9/10 people worldwide and causes a range of harmful secondary effects – from triggering allergies to inducing fatal illnesses. One third of demises from strokes, lung cancer and heart diseases are due to air pollution.

Children are most at risk, with immune systems that aren’t fully developed yet, making them more susceptible to such medical conditions.

An insane 93% of children worldwide are currently breathing air that has been found to contain too high percentages of pollutants, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Polluted air is an issue that will affect anyone in the vicinity, innocent victims and causal agents alike, as this kind of pollution is largely caused by negative externalities.

However, some areas are more affected than others, as poverty and air pollution go hand in hand. This also brings attention to issues such as social justice, overpopulation and global inequality.

The right to a healthy environment – and therefore also to clean air – is a human right. It enjoys constitutional status in over 100 countries, which is the strongest form of legal protection.

What Causes Air Pollution?

Causes of Air Pollution

Causes of air pollution arises mainly from agriculture, waste, our households, industries, and public transportation around the world.

The rearing of livestock in agriculture unavoidably results in large methane emissions that greatly contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone.

Also, openly burning agricultural – or any other form of – waste releases harmful dioxins, furans, methane, and fine particulate matter like black carbon into the atmosphere.

When it comes to households, the main source of air pollution comes from the indoor burning of fossil fuels, wood and other biomass-based fuels to cook, heat and light our homes.

The power-generating industries, such as coal-burning power plants, are also majorly responsible for contributing to the contaminated air. An equally detrimental and perhaps the most known source of air pollution is carbon dioxide emissions through transportation vehicles.

How Can you Reduce Air Pollution in Your Salon?

How to Reduce Air Pollution

Air Pollution is a very complex topic and there are many examples of air pollution. On the positive side, this also means that there are many ways in which you can counteract the effects and improve our environment; one person, one action and one day at a time – starting today.

Especially in salons, there are a many potential dangers to the air quality that you might not be aware of yet.

For example, formaldehyde and forms of mould on the walls and ceiling, laminated flooring, bonded carpets and the products used to clean these, emissions from ammonia use and other aggressive chemical products that leave traces in the air. Especially from perming, straightening, colouring and fixation products.

Also, you might not be aware of organic pollutants, such as CO2, common bacteria and microbes as well as the circulation of outdoor air, which could already be polluted.

Particularly look to limit your usage of acetone, benzene, toluene, fiberglass and phthalates.

Did you know that 30% of cases of occupational asthma occur in the hairdressing sector? Many hairdressers become sensitised to chemical products which ultimately impacts their ability to perform.

For all the negative influences on your salon’s air quality that you may not see or be able to control, we would recommend installing an air purifier. This has shown to reduce particles, gases and odours and improve the overall ventilation.

For all the influences that you can manage, we want to lend a helping hand.

How Does NATULIQUE Reduce Air Pollution?

Because of all the dangers to a salon environment which needs to be held to the same hygiene standards as the work our hair professionals do, NATULIQUE does its best to provide you with the tools to compromise neither on hair nor salon quality.

We produce a variety of organic, mild, ammonia free, naturally scented, PPD-, and resorcinol-free products with very few chemical ingredients. All in order to help you maintain and shape a healthy work environment for your employees and clients.

We task ourselves with providing a wholesome, carefree range, so that you and your customers do not need to worry about any extra factors contributing to an unhealthy environment in your salon.

Natural Hair Products

But there are still many dangers to our health outside of the confines of what you can control in your salon. It takes many more people taking one action at a time to improve everyones’ air quality, environment and health and that’s where the NATULIQUE family comes in.

For example, using public transport, biking or walking, reducing your consumption of meat and dairy to help cut methane emissions, compost organic food items and recycle non-organic trash. You can switch to high-efficiency heating systems and equipment at home and in your salon, or choose non-toxic paints, furnishings, products and tools in your daily life.

Make a pledge to use recyclable materials in your salon, host a company tree planting day, introduce some green into your salon and home, make sure your power supply is based on renewable energy and much more.

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If you would like to know more about air pollution, who it affects, what you can do and what is already being done check out the official website here.

Can you come up with more ways to reduce air pollution in salons? Can you get your clients to join the challenge?

Get to know more ways how to improve your salon´s ecological footprint in our other article.

Let’s come together as the NATULIQUE family to take action one step at a time!

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