For anyone who has gone through cosmetology training we know we’ve been told not to use salon coloring products or lighteners over home dye jobs because metallic dyes can interact with the products and cause ridiculous amounts of damage to the hair and sometimes to the scalp.
I’m here to tell you about something most of us have never even thought about: lithium medications interacting with coloring products.
Lithium compounds, also known as lithium salts, are primarily used as a psychiatric medication. This includes in the treatment of major depressive disorder, that does not improve following the use of other antidepressants, and bipolar disorder. In these disorders, it reduces the risk of suicide. Lithium is taken orally, typically in pill form.
Lithium itself is a metal. Like many medications, lithium then becomes present in one’s hair/skin/nails/etc. While it typically does not react with most “deposit only colors” it can have extreme reactions with any color or product that is designed to lighten. It can react with the ammonia and hydrogen peroxide and create an intensely exothermic situation.
Yeah, it can get hot, boiling hot. On scalp applications can produce heat burns if not rinsed immediately, off scalp applications in foils or otherwise can produce chemical burns from boiling ammonia vapors escaping.
I know we as stylists can be a little worried about invading clients privacy, and since it’s not a common reaction nor a common medication it seems easier to ignore, but… I urge you to double check ahead of time if you have any reason to be concerned.
And for clients out there… please understand when we ask things like this we aren’t just being nosy or making conversation, we are taking your health and safety very seriously and we want you to leave happy with a head of beautiful hair and all your skin in good condition.
Normally I don’t like to post personal stories about what’s going on in my life on my public work related blog, but I’m making an exception because I feel it’s important for me to let everyone know what’s up in case I’m a little spacey or paranoid for the next little while.
I opened my home to my friend and her husband who had been displaced by hurricane Harvey and had been couch crashing…
And they stole from me.
Police have been involved, and thankfully they were only there for 2 days because in Texas after 3 days everything in the apartment becomes “community property” and they become “residents” and I would be required to file an eviction notice instead of just kicking them out.
A lot of the supplies from my Etsy shop are gone, a few of my hair related items are gone, a ton of my personal items are gone.
I am feeling empty and broken and upset with myself for letting this happen.
I am working hard to get everything sorted out so I can do my jobs properly.
Please bear with me if I’m not quite as on top of things as usual right now.
I brought a selection of goodies from my Etsy store up for my Virginia trip this time and I will have them by my station in the salon available for purchase.
Super excited to see everyone!
703.440.8073 to call Elany Image and get an appointment for yourself.
Schedule on the previous post.
I will be in Elany Image in Springfield Virginia doing hair and hair extensions from October 4th through the 17th.
703.440.8073 is the best way to get an appointment quickly but if any issues arise or if you need to place a hair extension order in advance please email me ChristineDoesHair@gmail.com
I have been determinedly volunteering hard since my return to Houston this time.
I have felt incredibly grateful that my apartment and belongings were not affected by hurricane Harvey and the aftermath.
I have been online organizing an Amazon WishList to help get the right supplies to local churches and childcare providers who are still taking physical donations.
I have been working to connect childcare providers who are discounting and/or donating their time to care for children where parents needed to get back to work and were counting on school to start on time, or counting on afterschool programs for childcare, many of which have been cancelled or postponed.
I spent 2 days at a flood damaged house tearing down walls volunteering with demolition work. The houses in that neighborhood weren’t even the worst of what happened in Houston, only a few feet inside the house. Can you imagine having to say two feet of flooding isn’t that bad? Can you imagine having to tear down all your walls to prevent mold damage from taking over? Throwing out all your furniture? There were piles of destroyed furniture, torn walls, and irreplaceable memories taking over the sidewalks and yards in that neighborhood.
But today? Today I am forced to remind myself that I am no good to anyone if I am burnt out. Today I have been doing minimal updating and connecting with people. Today I ate nachos and took a long bath. Today my brain is recuperating so I can continue to be online helping this week without crying over the incredible strength I’ve seen from people here.
I want to be able to spend the entire month of September volunteering in Houston and the surrounding area.
My birthday is September 4th and I’ve had a lot of people over the last couple of weeks asking me what I wanted for my birthday, my answer was always the same, that I didn’t need anything.
And then Harvey hit.
I am incredibly lucky that my apartment complex has not been reported flooded while I have been out of town in Virginia working. I am incredibly lucky that I don’t have to get new furniture or clothes for myself.
I am grateful but I have a flexible work schedule that will allow me to spend as much time as a full-time job volunteering in September.
In order to make sure all of my bills are taken care of I typically do freelance work in Texas. I would like to make sure that my bills can be paid without taking time away from the volunteer work I’d like to do.
Any money collected over my bill requirement will be donated to Texas Charities, cleanup crews, and food banks throughout the month.
Please help me help people.