The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is the latest agency to weigh in on hair-smoothing products that allegedly contain unsafe levels of formaldehyde and methylene glycol — and Brazilian Blowout is under direct fire.
On Monday, OSHA issued a revised hazard alert to hair salon owners and workers stating that during recent investigations, it found air tests showing formaldehyde at hazardous levels in salons using Brazilian Blowout Acai Professional Smoothing Solution and Brasil Cacau Cadiveu, resulting in citations for multiple violations. OSHA said it found that workers were exposed to formaldehyde in these salons at levels higher than the agency’s protective limits. OSHA also cited two manufacturers and two distributors of hair-smoothing products for violations that included failing to list formaldehyde on product labels as well as on accompanying hazard warning sheets, known as material safety data sheets, that are provided to the products’ users.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"