Can Your Favorite Hair Spray Cause Cancer?

By Kyleen, age 15, Arizona

When you think of Prom, you think of romantic hairdos, fancy dresses, gorgeous makeup, a hott date ... and cancer treatments? Many times to keep our pretty done up hair actually up, we use hair spray ... and lots of it. A popular brand we all know and use, John Frieda, has a Super Hold Hair Spray product. But what many girls who are prepping for Prom, dates, or even a wedding don't realize is that using products such as this may cause cancer. This is because certain ingredients used to make them are known or suspected carcigogens, and may affect reproductive organs in a negative way.

The ingredients in this product that are dangerous are oxybenzone, lecithin, ethanol (alcohol), and tocopheryl acetate. When shopping for your cosmetics be aware of certain listed ingredients. Steer clear of any product with ingredients that include the words paraben, toluene, dibutyl phthalate, acrylamide, and formaldehyde. These are some of the most common and health threatening ingredients used in our beauty products.

So which cosmetics are safe to use? Which hair sprays won't cause or help cause cancer? To search all your daily cosmetic products and find out which are safer for you, go to Cosmetic You'll be able to search your favorite products and see how safe or dangerous they are, what ingredients are in them, and what dangers these may cause. The website ranks the products, including makeup and skin, eye, hair, and nail care, from 1 to10, and also color codes them. Avoid those coded red (ranked 7-10). Be cautious with yellows (3-6). The greens (0-2) are the ones that are recommended.

Get educated and spread the word. Safe cosmetics can protect your health and save lives.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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