Dangerous Beauty Part 3: List of Shame: More manufacturers who lie about formaldehyde

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve been sharing some information about the dangers of the Brazilian Blowout styling product and the formaldehyde that makes it noxious. But Brazilian Blowout isn’t the only styling product with formaldehyde in it. Today let’s take a look at some others.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited four other manufacturers of hair straightening products for health violations, including failure to tell their employees and customers (stylists and consumers) about the dangerous chemicals in their products. These companies have been lying to their employees and customers:

M&M International Inc., makes Marcia Teixeira hair straightener
_ Fined by OSHA on multiple occasions for, among other things, failing to ensure that their safety data accurately reflects the formaldehyde content in their product.

Copomon Enterprises, makes Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy
_ Fined by OSHA for, among other things, failing to ensure that their safety data accurately reflects the the formaldehyde content in their product.

Keratronics Inc., makes keratin-based hair straightening products
_ Cited by OSHA for multiple violations, including failing to provide accurate information about the hazards of chemicals that go into manufacturing their products.

Pro Skin Solutions, Inc., makes keratin-based hair straightening products
_ Cited by OSHA for multiple violations, including failing to provide accurate information about the hazards of chemicals that go into manufacturing their products.

Even if these companies do comply with OSHA and come “clean” about the formaldehyde in their products, the people who use them will continue to be exposed to harmful chemicals. As one stylist put it, when three or four stylists are using straightening products on different clients at the same time, unless each one has an industrial-strength exhaust fan, the salon air will reek of formaldehyde.

In some countries, keratin-based styling products with formaldehyde in them are banned altogether. Check back soon to see an honor roll of countries where using these products is against the law.

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