By and and  on November 8, 2010

The Personal Care Products Council is addressing recent reports from consumers and hairstylists regarding adverse reactions to certain professional hair-smoothing products that have resulted in eye irritation, breathing problems and headaches.

In a statement, John Bailey, chief scientist for PCPC, said that it has joined the Food & Drug Administration and the Cosmetic Ingredient Review to review the safety of formaldehyde and methylene glycol in salon products, ingredients that can lead to these adverse symptoms.

Bailey added that “safe and proper use [of these products] depends largely on the ventilation in the salon and the application procedure.”

Earlier this month, the Oregon Health & Science University’s Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology released lab results that indicated the Brazilian Blowout brand of hair-smoothing treatment contained formaldehyde. The tests were conducted after stylists at two Portland-based salons complained of eye irritation, nose burning and other symptoms, and submitted samples of the product from their salons to the center. Results showed that formulations of Brazilian Blowout contained between 4.85 and 10.6 percent formaldehyde.

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