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Hair treatments could pose health risk -Ladies and gentleman that utilize these products please read

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posted on Apr, 18 2011 @ 12:20 AM

OSHA issues alert about formaldehyde exposure

Many people dream of having perfectly straight hair, but the products that give the look you want could be dangerous. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a hazard alert to hair salons about potential formaldehyde exposure from working with certain hair smoothing and straightening products.

"We basically use natural products. Affirm and sentonix is a natural botanical product, natural oils that are healthy for the hair. Formaldehyde is not one of the ingredients," Janice Clarke with Lasting Impressions hair salon in Norfolk said.

OSHA tests detected the gas in the air even when stylists used products labeled formaldehyde-free.

The alert specifically mentions the Brazilian Blowout, which does not technically contain formaldehyde. But Brazilian Blowout products have an ingredient called methylene glycol, which the company's CEO says released trace amounts of formaldehyde during the heating and straightening process.

"News to me... we haven't heard anything about it. This is the first we've heard about it. I think that we should get it out more to let salon owners know what is going on with the different products that we are using," said Clarke.

The potential problem is not limited to the Brazilian Blowout. OSHA pointed out other, similar treatments may also release formaldehyde.

"I always thought they used formaldehyde for embalming fluid, and that's bad. That can become hazardous for us as stylists," said Clarke.

Formaldehyde can irritate the eyes and cause allergic reactions. It's also linked to lung cancer. It's potentially a hefty price to pay, to avoid a few bad hair days.

"I've had problems with my health just recently and over the past years, they should let us know what's going on and what's being put into the product that we are using," Clarke added.

The company that sells Brazilian Blowout products also sells Brazilian Blowout Zero, which does not contain methylene glycol.

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With the ever increasing social need to feel beautiful, this is news that should be on the minds of those going out of their way to try and fit an image. That image, could cost you your health. I do not personally use this particular product mentioned in this article, but it got me looking at the products I do use.

It amazes me all the chemicals in the ingredients of the products that we use to effectively beautify ourselves. Most of the chemicals in them i can barely pronounce much less know what they are or will do to the human body. Granted, science "tests" this stuff ...supposedly. None the less, how much do they actually really know what some of these chemicals could do to one's health on a long term scale of use.

Something to ponder at least.

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posted on Apr, 18 2011 @ 12:30 AM
I've just recently suffered from hair dye allergy, which has put me in hospital 3 times. 7 weeks off work, burnt skin, scalp problems, chemical burns to my neck. I now have to see a skin specialist and have spent a lot of money on prescriptions. This has now become quite a common problem, so the hospital told me, and after having the reaction last November, I'm still suffering.I lost all the skin to my ears which are now better but still have outbreaks of pain. I'm writing this as a precaution to others as an allergy can happen at any time with any chemical based product.

posted on Apr, 18 2011 @ 12:37 AM
Here we go again
how long will it take before the TPTB and Big Pharma will stop this nonsense

posted on Apr, 18 2011 @ 12:59 AM
I've stopped using any product that I put on my skin except soap. Because if can't eat it, don't put it on your skin.

posted on Apr, 18 2011 @ 01:01 AM

Originally posted by FreedomCommander
I've stopped using any product that I put on my skin except soap.

I've gone one step further, and its pretty much sorbolene for everything.
Not sure if you can eat it.


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