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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.

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