Quick fact check
Formaldehyde is a known irritant, sensitiser and is linked to cancer when inhaled over a period of time. Many services such as keratin treatments/Brazilian blow-outs etc., use formalin/formaldehyde, which puts both stylists and clients at a health risk. As per regulations, formaldehyde is permitted in cosmetics only if used at less than 0.2%*, but some keratin treatments use very high levels of it — sometimes 2%, but even 10% and 15% has
been reported. (*up to 5% is allowed in nail hardeners) “Formaldehyde is a toxic chemical. With high traffic of clients in a salon for various services, the risk is higher when the formal fumes are floating around, creating a hazardous environment for both stylists and clients. As industry leaders, it is only natural for us to create awareness in everyone’s best interest,” says Simi Keer, Head of Education, L’Oréal Professionnel India.