Health officials warn of hair-smoothi...

Health officials warn of hair-smoothing products containing formaldehyde

There are 8 comments on the story from Apr 20, 2011, titled Health officials warn of hair-smoothing products containing formaldehyde. In it, reports that:

The Minnesota Department of Health is issuing an alert about hair-smoothing products that contain formaldehyde, warning that salon owners and their customers might unknowingly be exposed to health risks.

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Minneapolis, MN

#1 Apr 21, 2011
What price beauty? If you want to look hot, sometimes you have to sacrifice a little.


Since: Sep 08

Olathe, KS

#2 Apr 21, 2011
The "formaldehyde free" has the highest amount of formaldehyde?

Since: Jan 08

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Apr 21, 2011
@JTY: That is indeed what the testing showed.

Hillsboro, OR

#4 Apr 21, 2011

Henning, MN

#5 Apr 21, 2011
What is the big deal? There is formaldehyde in aspartame and I don't see the FDA or anyone else going crazy about blocking that from our daily diets, in fact, doctors seem to be promoting "diet" beverages and yogurts with aspartame in them... and we (well, not me) are willingly exposing ourselves to that poison. Maybe it is because we are "unknowingly" exposing ourselves (well, again, not me) to something. We seem to be willing to do it when we have a choice, but get outraged when we don't have a choice.
chemical interaction

Minneapolis, MN

#6 Apr 21, 2011
Don't get this done the same day you ingest Super Colon Blow cereal.
hair customer

Saint Paul, MN

#7 Apr 21, 2011
Health Canada "believes that the reactions are being caused by formaldehyde becoming vapourized during the blow drying and flat ironing stages of the treatment," said a statement Tuesday. It's true. I had the process done at Jon Charles Salon using the product listed below, and my eyes smarted and teared continuously throughout. Each time styling hair after the process was complete, further, visible and irritating chemical vapors would release from my hair and throughout the surrounding area.

—Keratin Complex Express Blowout by Copomon (Coppola) 1.70 per cent

Too bad the Pioneer Press story doesn't warn consumers about this particular brand of Keratin straightener from Health Canada's list, which happens to be very popular in Minnesota salons.

United States

#8 Apr 23, 2011
Amazing. Something poses a health risk and doctors and others raise serious health concerns that contains a carcinogen and people still defend it. Yes formaldehyde is in sme other products like nail polish but the FDA has approved the use and they have been around for centuries. The scalp is very good at absorbing chemicals. Into the blood stream. All I know is if my salon started doing it I would stop going. You can't smoke in one but you can do this crap and expose people to its affects. Good example too. Everyone knows that smoking is damaging to your health but people do it just like with this product. Health is precious and you should take it seriously. .

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