I'm just curious what do clients do when they get home and have to hold their baby, lay next to their husband or hold a child after they get The Brazilian Straightening Treatment.
I found some interesting information while doing research on the Brazilian Straightening.
Presumably, the hairstylist & the client are wearing masks to protect from the fumes.
Stylist are suggesting to the clients that using air purifiers, expensive fume extractor and do the process in a well ventilated room is making it safe to have this straightening and safe for their stylist to use day in and day out.
Ok, but what happens when you leave the salon and you can't wash your hair for a couple of days.
Yes, the client is told that "it doesn't touch the scalp, it doesn't get on the skin, it won't seep into your pores.
But, what happens when you are laying your head on the same pillow every night, breathing the product into your lungs!!
You lay on your back, where is your hair?
You lay on your stomach where is your face?
Where is your new born's face when you are burping him?
Where is your child's face when you are hugging him!!
Remember when the product "wears off", in the course of the following 3 - 5 months it returns to its vapor state. As it does this, the client, as well as all who are close by are inhaling the fumes on a daily basis it's the accumulative exposure that is the danger.
Heat and moderate humidity levels hastens the breakdown and release the chemical even after treatment.
Since formaldehyde can bond and stick around awhile, meaning it would be hard to wash out in a few shampoos, there are concerns that the chemical could accumulate on the hair over time and would be re-released with each wash and dry.
So, long term use of the straightening method would also mean long term exposure, and accumulation on the hair
Understand that there is 2% formaldehyde volume in the Brazilian Straightening and that is 10 times the amount considered to be safe (.02%) in Cosmetics, nail polish and daily cleaning agents.
I have heard once :
Our insurance wouldn't cover BKT if it wasn't FDA approved.
As a salon owner, a insurance company has never asked me about products that I use, or about a FDA approval. Even the health department that comes into my salon regularly has never asked me about product ingredients.
The goo used in the Brazilian method is made of keratin protein and formaldehyde—you know, the stuff used to embalm bodies
So what's wrong with it? Its major ingredient, and why it smells so bad, is formaldehyde, which is classified as a human carcinogen by the International Agency on research for Cancer, part of the World Health Organization. In short, it can cause cancer. 2% is very high and over time very dangerous!!
Once the Brazilian straightening solution is painted on dry hair, the stylist flatirons the hair, releasing vapors into the air.
With repeated inhalation at higher levels, it is associated with nasal and brain cancer, and possibly leukemia, according to the National Cancer Institute. So think about what you and your family are breathing in every time you flat iron your hair.