In styling some of most indelible beauty icons of the last century (think Jackie O, Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn), hair stylist & makeup artist Peter Lamas has himself become an icon. You could say that he's seen it all in his career... even the harmful and health-deteriorating effects of working around toxic beauty products.
This aspect of Peter's career has stuck in my head, years after meeting him. He speaks of studies that show that beauty salon workers have a five times greater risk of developing multiple myloma than the general public. And he tells of the many personal experiences that made the toxic beauty problem hit home: his mother was diagnosed with a terminal form of the multiple myloma after being exposed to chemicals at work and his client, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, passed away from Non-Hodgkin's lymphomic cancer (which doctors say may have been linked to her hair dye). Years after he became a big name in the beauty industry, Peter took a step back and founded a natural hair, skin and body care company, Lamas Beauty, which was one of the first to be paraben- and sulfate-free.
Today Lamas Beauty is one of the natural hair care brands that I most often recommend to women who want to switch to safer hair products. And we're giving away a set of the Lamas Beauty Rice Volumizing Shampoo & Conditioner! To enter the giveaway, just sign up for the Beauty Is Wellness newsletter in the box on the homepage. I know you’ll love the tips, recipes and special offers in the monthly newsletter as well! One winner will be chosen at random on Friday, July 16th.
Why should you check out Lamas? Lamas shampoos use natural surfactants to achieve the lather we're all so used to getting. And I find the brand's conditioners to work well- without weighing hair down (as with most conditioners, a little goes a long way). With lots of gentle ingredients (many of them organic), these products are the perfect transitions from your conventional hair care formulas.
*One thing to note: Lamas Beauty products are scented with essential oils AND fragrance, which is the one ingredient that detracts from the purity of the formulas, which generally have very safe, nontoxic ingredients. The Cosmetic Safety Database scores these products as a 4 (0 being the safest, 10 the most dangerous), solely because of the added fragrance.
For those in NYC, Peter Lamas Chinese Herbal haircare products are now at Duane Reade. You can pick some up on your way home today and make your beauty routine less toxic tomorrow. For the rest of you- enter the Beauty Is Wellness giveaway!