Persistent and Pervasive Podcast: Toxic Chemicals in Hair Straighteners
In this episode, the podcast explores the chemical and cultural issues around Black hair care and interview scientists and activists who are working to ensure that safer products are available.
What California’s Ban on Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetics Means for Salon Worker Health
The law in California will help pave the way for cosmetic safety reform on the national level and will directly impact the safety of products used by salon workers.
The F.D.A. Wanted to Ban Some Hair Straighteners. It Never Happened.
The New York Times by Roni Caryn Rabin In 2016, agency scientists deemed hair straighteners containing formaldehyde to be unsafe, according to newly obtained emails.... Read More
Is “Formaldehyde-Free” Really Formaldehyde-Free?
Many “formaldehyde-free” hair straighteners do not technically contain formaldehyde, but contain other chemicals that release formaldehyde under high heat, necessary in order for these straightening treatments to work.