The heated debate over Brazilian Keratin products continues….
To avoid any risk to staff and guests at the salon, we have chosen to use Bio Ionic Kerasmooth, see details here:http://beautyonrobertson.com/blog/?p=39
While my choice is to not allow any type of “Brazilian and or Keratin” products in my salon, those of you not sure, or are on the fence, on whether to use Brazilian type straightening products, have some new information to review.
One of the issues that impacted my decision is that a lot of these companies do not list the ingredients, and reps tell you that there is no formaldehyde in these newer versions hitting the market. So if they say there isn’t a formaldehyde, I cannot determine that for myself, short of buying a test kit and seeing for sure.
However, we are now seeing that if a company says there isn’t formaldehyde in the product (or that it’s created as a by product from other ingredients) this may not be the truth.
Another concern is the alarming levels of formaldehyde deemed not safe by the government agencies that regulate the use of these chemicals in products.
This month a salon in Portland, Oregon contacted OSHA and reported illnesses after using the Brazilian Blowout product. http://www.oregonlive.com/health/index.ssf/2010/09/hair_straightening_product_at.html
Before you decide to have this procedure done on your hair (or if you are a stylist or owner wanting to offer this service), make sure you have educated yourself thoroughly.
As an owner of an establishment you have legal responsibilities to measure and check the amount of formaldehyde “workers” are exposed to as set forth per the EPA (see link below).
UPDATE – 11/14/2010
The State of California has filed a lawsuit re Brazilian Blowout products: See here
Here is a synopsis taken from the OSHU/CROET site that discusses OSHA’s findings (link below to full report):
Formaldehyde and Cancer Risk
Another thing to ponder, I understand that these products in question are banned in Brazil. I’m still looking for an official link/document and will update later.
However, these sorts of products are currently banned in European Union countries; See this link, type in Keratin in the search box, individual brands are listed as not allowed in Europe. http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/dyna/rapex/create_rapex_search.cfm