Perhaps school is to blame, but…
when I think about formaldehyde, I’m instantly transported back to freshman year biology class. It’s dissection day. The cold, slightly rusted instruments. The sticky, black-tarred metal tray. The stiff, expressionless specimen… with that unmistakable, absolutely horrible odor. You have been warned: Formaldehyde is not just for frogs anymore.
Formaldehyde is also present in that amazing Brazilian Keratin Treatment you got at the salon just the other day. Although your hair may look and feel fantastic, you might want to consider the facts listed below before scheduling your next appointment.
- Brazilian Keratin Treatment (BKT) is not currently regulated by the FDA.
- Possible inhalation or absorption of formaldehyde may be hazardous to your health.
- Formaldehyde is known to cause cancer and is classified as a carcinogen by several health and safety agencies.
- The Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel determined a 0.2 level of formaldehyde is “safe”. However, some BKTs contain at least 10 times more than that.
If you do decide to have the treatment done, make sure you are adequately protected with a mask and that the formula does not come into contact with your skin. This goes for you too, hair professionals! Be sure to wear a mask and nitrile gloves, which have a higher chemical resistance than both vinyl and latex.