Formaldehyde-Free Hair Product Found to Contain – Formaldehyde

A hair product that was labeled formaldehyde-free has been outed by a hair stylist who complained of chest pains, a sore throat and a nosebleed after using Brazilian Blowout Solution. According to Change.org, the stylist contacted the Oregon Health and Science University's Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology (CROET), and the center discovered that the product was deceptively labeled. In actuality, it contained 4.85 percent formaldehyde. Plus, another product sold by the company, the Acai Professional Smoothing Solution, was found to contain even higher amounts of formaldehyde, at 6.3 to 10.6 percent, Change.org said. Plus:

“Exposure to formaldehyde can cause a slew of respiratory problems, including chest pain, cough and shortness of breath. It can irritate eyes and mouth and long-term exposure can result in asthma. It is classified as a probable human carcinogen and mutagent.

“Usually, if a worker is going to be exposed to formaldehyde, they have to undergo OSHA training. This includes personal protection gear and sometimes, medical surveillance. If a product has more than 0.1 percent formaldehyde, OSHA requires the manufacturers to list it on their label or material safety data sheet. Not only does the company neglect to list the chemical on the label, they conspicuously note its absence.”

CROET issued an alert on the products, and has contacted OSHA centers about possible adverse effects that consumers and stylists might experience from the formaldehyde.

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