I just wanted to inform you about a deadly trend that seems to becoming dangerously popular among today’s female population: Brazilian Blowouts. At salons everywhere, women swear by the “Brazilian keratins” – treatments that deliver a so-called “drop-dead gorgeous do.” To the unsuspecting customer, this seems like a great deal for those trying to make their hair look perfect: the smooth, straight, celebrity look costs only a few hundred dollars but lasts for many months.
The truth is, this treatment is completely toxic. Many of the hair-smoothing products contain formaldehyde – a chemical the Environmental Protection Agency considers a carcinogen. This week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, recommended stylists stop using products with formaldehyde, which goes by a number of different names.
Stylist George Allen Patricio even offers a gas mask to clients worried about the fumes. Any type of hair care that requires one to wear a gas mask CANNOT be very good for you, but Patricio says he doesn’t have a problem using the products, even though he’s been told they have formaldehyde.
“Well, if they say they’re formaldehyde-free, and I believe them,” Patricio said.
But regulators found the toxin even in some products labeled formaldehyde-free.
It’s the second warning in the past week to women about the price of so-called perfect hair. A study by the Cleveland Clinic found that hair weaves that are too tight are a culprit in causing baldness and scarring in nearly 30 percent of African-American women.
Dr. Jeanine Downie, a dermatologist, said when patients come to her with balding and scarring, she hands over a box of tissues and talks to them about different wigs they can get. At that point, there is no hope.
In the documentary “Good Hair,” comedian Chris Rock put the $8 billion black beauty-care business under the microscope, watching chemicals used in hair products dissolve metal.
Maybe the hottest new trend in hair care will be one that comes warning free.
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