November 29, 2010 |
Is the Brazilian Blowout hazardous to your health? That question has been buzzing through beauty parlors since September, when a chance discussion in an Oregon salon made investigators suspicious of the popular hair-straightening treatment. Laboratory tests revealed the straightening solution contained dangerously high levels of the chemical formaldehyde, which can cause respiratory problems, skin reactions, headaches and more. This month, California Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown filed a civil lawsuit against GIB maker of the Brazilian Blowout treatment.
June 10, 2011 |
Formaldehyde now officially falls into the "known to be a human carcinogen" category. So does the botanical compound aristolochic acid. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has updated its Report on Carcinogens, and such were the results. That report lists compounds -- even biological ones (again, "natural" does not mean "safe," "nontoxic" or "please consume") -- known to increase or strongly suspected of increasing the risk of cancer. As for styrene, it can now officially be described as "reasonably anticipated" to be cancer-causing.
January 31, 2012 |
The company behind the popular Brazilian Blowout hair-straightening treatments will have to warn hairstylists that two of its most popular products can expose users to formaldehyde gas, according to the terms of a settlement with the California attorney general. GIB, based in North Hollywood, had advertised its products as "formaldehyde free," according to the office of Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris, which announced the settlement Monday. The state sued GIB in 2010, charging that significant levels of formaldehyde gas were emitted by the products in testing.
March 11, 1987 |
Occupational exposure to formaldehyde can cause neurological problems, such as slowed reaction times and impaired memory, at levels well below the current government safety standards, a USC scientist has found. As many as 1.6 million American workers, including 500,000 in the textile industry, are exposed to formaldehyde, a chemical widely used in the manufacture of plywood and insulation and for treating fabric to make clothing wrinkle resistant. Since 1981, the U.S.
January 24, 1989 |
Two substances commonly used in building materials are also listed by the state Health and Welfare Agency as causing cancer and requiring warnings when consumers are exposed to them in sufficient amounts: Formaldehyde--Found in a broad range of building materials, including adhesives, carpeting, plywood and paneling. Under Proposition 65, consumers must be warned when exposed to 15 micrograms or more a day in a form that can be inhaled, eaten or absorbed through the skin.
December 3, 1987
Two unions asked the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington to order the Labor Department to toughen new regulations it promulgated late last month on worker exposure to formaldehyde, a widely used chemical that is believed to cause cancer. On Nov. 20, the Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that it was lowering permissible worker exposure to formaldehyde by two-thirds, a change it said would benefit 2.1 million workers.