Thursday, April 14, 2011

OSHA Deems Brazilian Blowout Hazardous

Brazilian Blowout is under scrutiny yet again. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the popular hair straightening treatment can release unsafe levels of formaldehyde, posing a risk to salon workers and customers. 

Anyone in the salon is at risk, but obviously the workers who give the treatment on a regular basis, breathing in the air suffer the most.

Regulators also said they have found the chemical in some hair products that are labeled “formaldehyde-free.” OSHA is investigating complaints about the products. Many hair products contain formaldehyde, but government regulations specify the amount, labeling and appropriate use. 

Before getting a keratin-smoothing treatment, you may wish to call your local state health board for the latest information about it.