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Popular Hair Products May Emit Formaldehyde

EMSL Analytical, Inc. offers consumer products testing


The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently warned the public against using the Brazilian Blowout, a hair-smoothing solution that releases formaldehyde into the air. Popularized by Hollywood celebrities, the product is sold in salons nationwide.
The FDA contends that the brand is misleading customers, because its label claims that it does not contain formaldehyde. However, the solution does contain liquid methylene glycol, which emits formaldehyde gas when heated.
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is concerned about the effects to salon workers, who may breathe it and absorb it through their skin during the straightening process. The chemical content of Brazilian Blowout was first called into question when an Oregon hair stylist suffered nosebleeds, difficulty breathing, and eye irritations after using the product.
Some stylists and clients have resorted to using gas masks while performing the treatment, while others have sued the company for causing their “physical injuries.”
Formaldehyde is a carcinogen, a cancer-causing substance. Other health effects include eye, nose, and throat irritation; wheezing and coughing; fatigue; skin rash; and severe allergic reactions.
“EMSL Analytical, Inc. provides formaldehyde testing for companies, concerned consumers, and government agencies,” states Joseph Frasca, Senior VP at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “This controversy with Brazilian Blowout clearly underscores why product testing is necessary.”
About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental and materials testing services and products to professionals and the general public.  The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.


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