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Do you Keep it Chemical-Free at the Salon?

Do you Keep it Chemical-Free at the Salon?

Many of us have begun to opt for a more natural beauty routine, carefully selecting organic, paraben-free cosmetics and hair products. But how cautious are we about chemicals when we visit the salon?

A few months ago, the federal government alerted the public to the dangers of Brazilian Blowout, a widely used hair-smoothing treatment that contains liquid formaldehyde. Apparently, when the liquid is heated it releases dangerous levels of formaldehyde gas.

A recent ABC News report reveals that the government’s warnings have not been heard. Reporters from ABC News visited 16 salons and all were still offering Brazilian Blowouts to their customers; 12 stated that the product contains only small amounts of the chemical while 4 were unaware that the product contained any formaldehyde. All of the 16 salons were stocked with outdated bottles of the product which was wrongly labeled “formaldehyde free”.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists some of the health risks of being exposed to formaldehyde gas as “eye, nose, and throat irritation; wheezing and coughing; fatigue; skin rash; severe allergic reactions. May cause cancer.”

The Brazilian Blowout is unfortunately not the only hair-smoothing treatment that contains formaldehyde, this is why it’s important that salons and customers do their research, read labels, and always use products as directed.


Do you do your research when it comes to choosing hair products?

Are you as cautious at selecting beauty products at the salon as you are at home?

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  • rkosully By rkosully
    03.09.12  

    I have never colored my hair, but I would certainly want to know the risks that certain chemicals pose.

  • msfriendly By msfriendly
    03.09.12  

    I saw this ABC news report. It's a real eye-opener. I will certainly be asking more questions at the salon about my hair color product.

  • kimmie1 By kimmie1
    03.09.12  

    I am currently transitioning from using chemical relaxers to just having my natural hair. My hairdresser recommended a straightner that is formaldehyde free.

  • cocoabella By cocoabella
    03.10.12  

    i get highlights done at the salon. never thought to ask what harmful chemicals may be in it.

  • innocent93 By innocent93
    03.10.12  

    I have a Brazilian Blowout done every 4 months. I have not experienced any of the reactions listed above. For now, I'll continue to have them done.

  • ManalSalem By ManalSalem
    03.10.12  

    I am very cautious when it comes to putting Nything on my hair. Hair is the beauty of the women that everyone looks at. It is what distinguishes men from women. I have always had long hair and to have something strip it, I would be devastated. I did not buy into the hype of Brazilian blowout and I'm glad I did. All I see on the news now is how this and that girls hair fell out or got thin. I do not want to walk around with a blad spot looking like that. I love my hair and if I want it straight then I'll straighten it myself :)

  • drayvenn By drayvenn
    03.10.12  

    In the past I never paid any attention to what I used on my hair or any other product for that matter. However now that I am older and wiser I look up anything I am unsure about. They put the strangest things in products and I just don't trust anyone to research it other than myself. I had a bad experience with some hair color and really feel like it is ultimately up to me to protect myself. It is shocking that some of the salon owners were not even aware, if I found out my stylist was blissfully unaware of the chemicals she was using I think I would switch, fast.

  • FreeNClear By FreeNClear
    03.13.12  

    I don't color my hair (or use perms). It's completely natural. Artificial hair colorings damage hair.

  • MomeeGina By MomeeGina
    03.20.12  

    I would not use any product that had formaldehyde in it. I do highlight my hair during the summer though.

  • basilandcatnip By basilandcatnip
    03.21.12  

    I'm careful to go to salon when it's slower and which salons/spas have great ventilation, filtration upkeep, and sanitation practices. Also there are salons that don't do nails, or don't do certain chemical treatments, so ask and avoid the things you can.

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