Oregon OSHA showed at least nine types of smoothing treatments were over the OSHA Formaldehyde Standard threshold of 0.1 percent.
"Before the news and everything had gotten out about how really bad this was for you, we had switched over to the organic," Baker said, "because we already knew."
According to OSHA, the reported symptoms can be caused by formaldehyde which is also linked to nose and throat cancer.
"Workers have the right to know the risks associated with the chemicals with which they work, and how to protect themselves," said OSHA Assistant Secretary Dr. David Michaels in a statement released today. "Employers need to know these risks in order to ensure the safety and health of their employees."
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The Brazilian Blowout and other brands of smoothing treatments were first questioned in October 2010, when employees at an Oregon salon reported difficulty breathing, nose bleeds and eye irritation when using the products.
Once certified in applying the blowout, Baker knew the procedure, requiring goggles and ventilation masks, was extreme.
Health officials in Oregon tested Brazilian Blowout and other brands and found trace levels of formaldehyde in the air at several salons, and significant amounts in the product itself.
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"The smell mostly comes out in the last process when the sealing starts, when you're ironing through," Baker explained. "That's when the smell starts to really get into the air and it is a very strong smell, eye watering."
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Brazilian Blowout did not respond to a call for comment.
Health alerts were issued in several states. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a nation wide hazard alert and said it is "responding to complaints and referrals about possible exposure to formaldehyde."
it doesn't look like I'm doing a science experiment in there anymore," said Chudni Baker, the keratin specialist at Daniel James Salon.
The products in question are brands of hair straightening treatments, including the popular Brazilian Blowout, which promises to keep hair smooth and frizz free without harsh chemicals.
She said she found herself getting headaches, coughing, experiencing burning eyes and saw guests with the same symptoms.
The cosmetic ingredient review panel confirmed that even though a product may not list formaldehyde in its ingredient list, it can be formed when a keratin based product is heated up, exposing stylists and consumers to potentially hazardous levels of the toxic gas and suspected carcinogen.
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The Brazilian Keratin treatment Baker previously used averaged 1.6 percent formaldehyde.
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it, blows it dry and flat irons it.
The Brazilian Blowout Acai Professional Smoothing Solution listed as "Formaldehyde Free" topped the list: averaging 8.8 percent formaldehyde.
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