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Why I refuse to use hair straighteners

Updated: Jan 15, 2020

The hardest thing for a professional to do is say no to a client's service request, we aim to please, but when beauty stands between you and your wellbeing I draw a clear line. Sadly some of you are so determined to have some service at any cost, that all logic goes out the window, and choose to be blind to the consequences.

If you think you've found a product that is safe, think again: brands hide formaldehyde. They all play the chemical name game.

The unchangeable fact remains, hair gets its strength from its sulphur bonds and there is until present no one manufacturer that has been able to overcome this obstacle to make hair straight without using very strong, highly toxic formaldehyde in one form or another.

Here is another clue: L'Oréal the largest cosmetic company in the world with more knowledge about human hair than any other company around the globe chooses not to market any hair straighteners in the american market presently, they certainly have the capital, the research, the experience, and a very ample market indeed in North America.

Now, think about it, can you imagine how many people today would love to get their hair smooth? and L'Oréal is not touching it.That alone should be a hint for you why not to do it.

Many salon owners might be surprised to learn that hair straighteners regularly handled by their employees contain sizable quantities of formaldehyde, a hazardous chemical whose gaseous form, the federal government concludes, is “reasonably expected to be a human carcinogen.” The formaldehyde content of at least 11 brands of hair straighteners exceeds 1 percent. Customers’ scalps may be coated with these solutions for at least 30 minutes, but, since workplace laws cover only employees, consumer exposure to formaldehyde is unregulated. But salon workers are protected under federal law, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration has signaled its intention to enforce workplace formaldehyde safety limits in its April 11, 2011, Hazard Alert to salons (OSHA 2011). New OSHA salon tests have detected formaldehyde vapor levels exceeding federal standards (OSHA 2011). Tests by state health agencies and companies have detected significant vapor levels in salons using Brazilian Blowout, Cadaver and Trichovedic hair straighteners (OOSHA 2010, Brazilian Blowout 2010A, Cadaver 2010A, Trichovedic 2011). OSHA’s hazard alert notifies salon owners that they must comply with federal law in one of two ways:

  • Test air, train employees and install showers and eye wash stations.

  • Abandon formaldehyde-based hair straighteners.

  • When formaldehyde exposures reach those indicated in published salon air tests, federal workplace standards mandate a broad range of actions to protect stylists and other salon workers from this hazardous gas.

EWG: The Environmental Working Group has investigated 16 companies that make hair straightening products with high formaldehyde content. All exceed safety limits set by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review, an industry safety panel. Which hair straightener has come out clean about their formaldehyde content? None, in EWG review,15 of 16 brands admit to little to no formaldehyde. Tests show their products contain substantial amounts. Companies whose claims and tests do not match include Brazilian Blowout, Keratin Express, KeraGreen, Tahe and R&L. The 16th company, Goleshlee, admits on its website that its product contains formaldehyde but omits the toxic chemical from its online ingredient list.I speak to clients and professionals alike, tap or click the image above to learn much more. I urge you to take a look at this link as it will be an eye opener to those of you who think of having hair straightening done, click on the image above to get your facts straight.

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