Formaldehyde Added to “Known Carcinogens” List by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Why is this important to the curly-haired peeps? Well if anyone has ever done the Brazilian Keratin treatment, this may important to you.

The Brazilian Keratin Treatment is a long-term blow dry for hair that lasts about 3 months.  It’s supposed to eliminate frizz, unruly curls and waves.  Treatments last about 10 to 12 weeks with you having to repeat the treatment every few months on your new growth (sort of like a relaxer). The costs range anywhere from $150 to $500. I have heard of some salonsoffering it for $99…

Last September, Oregon’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) received complaints of difficulty breathing, nose bleeds and eye irritation from stylists who used Brazilian Blowout Solution as directed. OSHA conducted tests on batches of Brazilian Blowout Solution from three different Oregon hair salons and found to contain unsafe levels of formaldehyde. These tests showed levels of formaldehyde exceeding 10%!!!! (source)

Doesn’t sound that big a deal right? Well… formaldehyde is only permitted in cosmetics at concentrations less than 0.2%. (source)

Formaldehyde is linked linked to leukemia and a rare type of nasal cancer, is “known to be a human carcinogen,” according to the congressionally mandated report published today on the health agency’s website.

Honestly, it’s the heat in the blow drying that sets off the chemical. If you ever been in a salon during a treatment, it smells TERRIBLE.  There have been a number of studies done and reports on health issues from prolonged use – mainly for the stylists who have to apply it all the time.

There are Keratin treatments that are supposed to be 100% safe and do not use formaldehyde. I’m not here to judge, but I do ask that my fellow curlies do their research before you do any treatment that alters the natural pattern of your hair – the same way you would a styling product’s ingredients.

Peace out curly peeps!

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