Protect Yourself From Airborne Toxins In Salons

Hair and nail salons can provide a great environment to relax and unwind. Customers enjoy leaving their worries at the door for a few hours while they do something special just for themselves. However, there may be something to worry about in many salon environments. Hair treatments such as perms, dyes, and straightening methods have been linked to health risks including respiratory problems and mucus membrane irritation.

Hair salon workers and frequent customers are exposed to formaldehyde and other toxic fumes from salon products like hairspray. Nail salons also harbor toxins in the air from nail polish and tiny particles released when manicures or pedicures are filed.

However, these dangers can be avoided by taking proper action. The Three Zone Ventilation System offers a way for salon owners to purify the air in their workplace and make it safe for customers and employees. “The One That Works” air purifier is a system designed to remove not only harmful fumes but also tiny particles like hair clippings and dust from nails. It will eliminate undesirable odors from cigarette smoke, acrylics, and styling products. It even removes bacteria and viruses from the air, promoting the health of customers and stylists alike. This lightweight, portable machine traps particles as tiny as one micron! It’s convenient to maintain, and you can run it all day long.

You pay a lot for cosmetic treatments, and you have a right to protection from airborne toxins. Salons are currently not regulated and required to meet safety standards. Therefore, it is up to the consumers to demand safety measures. A Chemical Source Capture System is the best way to ensure the safety and comfort of salon workers and their clients.

Busting The “Formaldehyde Free” Myth

Formaldehyde is often used as a preservative in household products such as glue and nail polish. Intense exposure can be irritating and cause severe reactions in the mucus membranes and respiratory system.

Contrary to popular belief, all Brazilian Keratin Treatments (also known as Brazilian Blowouts) contain formaldehyde or other “hydes” that are just as dangerous. Manufacturers and distributors have also started using formaldehyde substitutes, like Urea, that are just as toxic, but don’t have the stigma that is associated with formaldehyde.

In order for the straightening process to work, formaldehyde or a similar substitute is a requirement. This is the active ingredient which binds keratin to the hair, making it feel thicker and healthier. According to chemist Doug Schoon, of Schoon Scientific in Dana Point, CA, a chemical process is required to achieve the shiny, straight hair offered in these treatments.

Attempting to research the ingredients in Brazilian Keratin Treatments will yield poor results, as manufacturers use the excuse of protecting their “Secret Formula” as a way to deny you the right to know what is being applied to your hair. As long as a hair product is labeled “For Professional Use,” manufacturers are not required by the FDA to list the ingredients.

Taking proper precautions creates safer air quality in salons using Brazilian Keratin Hair Treatments. Installing a Three Zone Ventilation System ensures the safety of the hairstylists performing these treatments, as well as their clientele.

How Safe Is The Air In Your Salon?

After spending a day in the salon do you expect to leave feeling light headed from chemical fumes?

It’s time to raise your expectations and demand that beauty salons invest in air quality measures.  Salon owners have a responsibility to maintain a healthy environment for their clientele and employees, most of whom are women of childbearing age, who experience prolonged exposure to high levels of toxins.

The problem is, there are no regulations in place to force salon owners to maintain proper air quality.  There are solutions out there, the most effective being a Three Zone Ventilation System.  This system ventilates the breathing zone of both the client & stylist, their work station, and the general air in the building.   Proper protection will help you avoid serious health issues that can come from inhaling the cocktail of harsh toxins associated with salon services.


Brazilian Keratin Treatment:  This popular new treatment uses ingredients such as formaldehyde and glutaraldehyde to chemically straighten hair.  The majority of salons simply rely on opening windows to get rid of the strong fumes and vapors released during this treatment.  This is an unacceptable practice, and we must demand that salons invest in the proper Chemical Source Capture System for this treatment, especially when you consider the prices that are being charged for this high end service.

Hair Spray:  Used continuously throughout the day in salons, the chemicals released from hair spray linger in the air, causing a considerable drop in air quality.  When exposed to these chemicals, adverse symptoms such as sneezing, watery or burning eyes, scratchy throat and headache can all occur.  Those who suffer from allergies or asthma may feel the unpleasant systems almost immediately.

Perms, Strippers & Dyes:  It’s no secret that the chemicals found in these solutions are not only unsafe but pose many heath risks.  Gloves may help protect stylists from direct contact with the solution, but without the proper air purifying system in place, there is nothing to protect stylists and patrons from the dangers of toxic inhalation.

Manicures & Pedicures:  Every time these services are performed, the number of airborne particles released into the air gradually increases. These popular procedures also require the use of nail polish, hardeners and other adhesives that evaporate easily into the air.  Putting a Source Capture Ventilation System in place will remove these contaminants before they come into contact with people.