February 9th, 2012
I am reprinting this article that I wrote for another website several years ago, Sunday, August 19th, 2007 . That site is up for sale and I simply feel like reprinting it on mine now. Reprinted with my permission because it’s my article.
What You Should Know About Metallic Dyes
Do you color your hair at home? Have you ever used one of those progressive dyes that changes your hair color gradually to look more natural? I know you have seen the commercials on TV. These dyes are metallic and the colors are produced by a reaction between metallic salts and the sulfur in keratin producing sulfides it then oxidizes and reduces the metal salts. Basically the metallic salts interact with the sulfur in the hair keratin and then turns the protein brown.
This is only a surface color and does not penetrate the cortex, but it builds up on the outer surface over a period of time. I know a lot of older men use these products because they don’t like going to a salon and they don’t like people thinking they are so vain. They get embarrassed easily. The younger generation really do not care. They love changing their hair color.
Professionals do not use these products because they do not work with other oxidized solutions we use in salons.I know a lot of people have found out the hard way by giving themselves home perms on top of metallic dyes. They do not mix. If you color your hair at home and decide to go for a professional perm, your stylist should ask you what brand of color you have been using. If she doesn’t then make sure you tell her because there could be a very bad chemical reaction.
Always read the label and if you do use metallic dyes it is very important to make sure you cleanse your hands thoroughly if you ingest any orally or contaminate food it can be fatal. People using these dyes (copper, lead, silver) have experienced hair loss and breakage, lead poisoning, headaches,and scalp irritations just to name a few.There are also some brands other than the progressives that use metallic salts so be very careful if you are a home colorist.
June 28th, 2010
I had a beauty student in Pennsylvania ask me about her credits and how long they were required to be kept so I found the following question and answer on the state board site. Anyone can usually find the information they need by contacting their state board or at least checking the official site for their state.
* Q: My school says they cannot find my hours. I took the class in the early 90’s and I am now ready to test. What can I do?.
A: Schools are required to keep student records for seven (7) years. These records must be avail to the student upon request. If the hours earned are more than seven years old, it is possible that they may not be able to be recovered. If the time frame is less than seven years, you may file a complaint against the school with the Office of Professional Compliance at 1-800-822-2113.
Also someone else wanted to know about the reciprocity and whether or not PA participated in the NIC so the information listed below is for them and was also found on the PA state board site.
Reciprocity (licensure without examination) can be granted to individuals licensed in those states with which Pennsylvania has an understanding of reciprocity. To qualify for licensure by reciprocity, an individual must have a current license and two (2) years of working experience from the original licensure date. If the applicant does not meet the requirements for reciprocity, the Pennsylvania examination (theory and practical) must be successfully completed.
PENNSYLVANIA Stopped PARTICIPATING IN THE NIC NATIONAL EXAM AS OF JUNE 1997
PENNSYLVANIA RESUMED PARTICIPATING IN THE NIC EXAM AS OF MARCH 2006
May 4th, 2010
With nicer weather here I’ve been very busy doing other things, but will try to update shortly. I really appreciate your visits and hope you have found the information provided useful.
As I’ve stated many times before if you’re a student and you need to know anything about transferring, your administrator will be able to help you because they would know all the updated procedures required for your state or contact your state board site for accurate information.
You will find the state board list located in the sidebar.
April 9th, 2010
I received this comment from Sheri last month and I thought I would share it because she was complimenting me and I like compliments even though she wasn’t to happy with some of the comments or questions she read from others in our profession:
To Whomever Hosts this Website: THANK YOU! I fully understand the dedication, time, and know what a PITA running a website can be! Been there, done that! This service you provide is wonderful!
But honestly, some of these questions are ridiculous! And you are really, far too gentle with these airheads. I would not have them working in my salon to sweep floors!
Hairdressers, if you cannot get on the Internet and GOOGLE or SEARCH for your state law and READ for yourself the rules and regulations for yourself, then by God you have no business being in this business or mixing color. Some of you are LAZY! Too lazy to read your own state laws! Some of you act like you do not have a brain in your head to read what you write. I would not trust you to do my hair or my dog’s hair for crying out loud.
God bless you whoever “YOU” are that provides this service to help *us* find information faster about reciprocity, etc… Have a fabulous day! And please, do not delete this note. Let them read it!
March 25th, 2010
I always receive the PA Board of Cosmetology eNewsletter to keep up with what’s going on in my state and just like reading the obits to see if I know anyone I always check out the disciplinary actions for the professionals in my area. Consumers really should check out their own state board websites to see who isn’t following the law.
Besides Cosmetologist and Barbers they also have all others licensed by the state and you should check to make sure that the people you put your trust in are legit. You can also obtain official confirmation of the current status of a licensee by contacting the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs: 2601 North 3rd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110; (717) 787-8503 or online for PA.
Below was listed in my area recently so I’m posting it, it’s a public record so for those that live in York County beware:
Vivian Antoinette Iacoboni and Camillo Anthony Iacoboni, t/d/b/a Market Street Manor Spa & Salon, license no. CB117673 of York, York County, was ordered to pay a civil penalty of $850 because of aiding and abetting the unlicensed practice of a profession, occupation or business, for practicing cosmetology in a grossly incompetent or unethical manner, and by designating a person in charge of respondents’ cosmetology salon in the owners’ absence who was not a cosmetologist.
Before going to work in this state make sure you obtain your license in the accepted manner. I see many out of state licensees that were issued a civil penalty of 1,000 dollars and their Pennsylvania license revoked because they obtained their license by dishonest or unethical means. They list the persons name and license number so this is all public records.
The newsletter also said that the board is concerned about the deadly MRSA staph infection, and one board member related a news story about a woman who had almost needed to have her leg amputated because she had shaved her legs right before a pedicure, leaving her vulnerable to the MRSA virus, now that’s scary.
So far I haven’t ran across anyone that I actually know, but I still like to see what people are losing their licenses for and where they are located just encase. Be aware of what goes on with your licensed or in some cases unlicensed professionals.