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Salon safety examined

Salon safety examined

The Billings Outpost

February 8, 2012

Deb Courson Smith

Montana has a connection to high fashion.

Bozeman-based Women’s Voices for the Earth has been working on salon safety issues related to Brazilian Blowouts, a popular hair-straightening treatment that now comes with a warning label in California as part of a settlement between that state and companies.

The settlement requires that hair stylists and their customers be warned of exposure to a cancer-causing chemical. Alexandra Scranton, WVE’s director of science and research, says salon workers across the nation are exposed to dangerous levels of formaldehyde from the products.

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