Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Breaking News; Formaldehyde getting banned?


Most nail polishes are now available in what is called a "3-free formula"; a concoction that no longer boasts the chemicals DPT, Toluene and Formaldehyde. These chemicals, though utilized to extend wear, finish and luster, have been linked to numerous irritations including the possible contribution to disease and infirmaty as well as linked to certain forms of cancers... yea. Though it's unlikely that such minimal exposure could create a serious detriment, better to eliminate them altogether and find alternate solutions that are just as effective.

Recently, major contraversy has been surrounding another beauty treament known as the "Brazilian Blowout" that utilizes a smoothing solution guaranteed to close the cuticle of hair follicles and create completely straight strands that resists any and all frizz. Main effective ingredient: Formaldehyde. Wildly popular, some have even taken to ignoring the solutions possible link to aforementioned conditions in favor of silky smooth, straight hair. And while cosmetics company lobbies have been trying to maintain the same "it's so small, it can't hurt" argument, the New York Times reports;

"...salon workers have reported headaches, nosebleeds, burning eyes, vomiting and asthma attacks after using the product and other hair-straighteners."

Even outside of annectodal evidence, 4 years of beauty industry arguments have been busted as government agencies such as the NIH (National Institute of Health) have added Formaldehyde to their list of detrimental carcinogens meaning further investigation and possible banning of the ingredient's use in cosmetics altogether. However, similar lists released by the NIH have included chemicals found in things like second-hand cigarette smoke, mothballs and tanning beds.

More extensive research is still to come but certainly doesn't seem favorable to Brazilian Blowouts which have become staple treatments in salons all around Manhattan and the states in general. Use of the solution, while not yet banned entirely, has prompted salon owners of famed houses like Frederic Fekkai to hault use until they've done their own research and found a safer efficacy.

Maybe it's time to start looking for a replacement?



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