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January 31, 2012
U.S. National Toxicology Program lists formaldehyde as a carcinogen
That popular hair straightening treatment Brazilian Blowout set the media on fire with this treatment that promised women straight hair for up to six months and labeled “formaldehyde free” has now once again hit the media as it turns out that two of the products in all reality expose women to formaldehyde gas according to terms of a settlement reached with the California attorney general. Now, the manufacturers of this popular treatment requires that hair stylists and their customers be warned that the product exposes them to formaldehyde a known carcinogen that is cancer causing.
Allegations of eye irritation and nose burning had been reported by two Portland salons. The company that manufactures the hair straightening product websites and marketing materials had claimed that the product was formaldehyde free. However, the Oregon Health & Science University had found formaldehyde levels as high as 4.85 to 10.6 percent contained in the treatment.