October 1, 2010 by Post Team
Escape from Brazil is a product used to straighten hair. The website claims that the product “smooths her hair with the use of a patented polymer that bonds the amino acids to the hair surface. This treatment is 100% safe room.”
Oregon Research Center on Work and Environmental Toxicology (CROET) was contacted by a number of stylists, expressing concern about the health effects report experiencing while using the two formulations of hair. Stylists complained of irritation in the eyes, nosebleeds and difficulty breathing after using the products.
CROET tested two samples of Brazilian Blowout Living received Portland area and found the two formulations of the product containing 4.85% to 10.6% formaldehyde.
If a product used in a workplace that contains more than 0.1% formaldehyde, OSHA requires the manufacturer to the list and addresses of safe work practices in the Material Safety Data Sheet
accompanying the product. OSHA Hazard Communication Standard requires employers to share this information with their employees potentially exposed through training.
Everyone is exposed to small amounts of formaldehyde in the air and some foods and products. The U.S. Centers Control and Prevention says that low levels of exposure can cause irritation of the skin, eyes, nose and throat. burning eyes, lacrimation (tearing), and general irritation of upper respiratory tract. Higher exposure can cause coughing, chest tightness, a feeling of pressure in the head, and heart palpitations. Prolonged exposure has been associated with squamous cell carcinoma of the nasal turbinates.
Brazilian Blowout manufacturers defended their product. A statement posted on its Web site, “Escape In Brazil, the safety of our products, the stylists and consumers is our number one priority. We stand behind the integrity of our product and say that our professional solution is indeed free formaldehyde. ”
Escape from Brazil is not cheap. Treatments can range from to 200 and 500, and the results may last 10 to 12 weeks if customers use the line of aftercare products, according to the website of the company.
CROET salons recommend using this product to contact the manufacturer for safety data sheets that accurately identifies hazardous ingredients, and consider the evaluation of less toxic alternatives. CROET recommends that consumers become informed about the possible toxicity of the salon services you are requesting, and learn about healthier alternatives.
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