Patented Healthy Air Technology Now Available in Aerovex Systems’ Chemical Source Capture Systems

Healthy Air TM technology protects the hair stylist’s & their client’s breathing zone by removing formaldehyde fumes and chemical vapors, odors and dusts produced during keratin hair smoothing treatments, at their source.

Dr. Karim Zahedi and a team of scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA, developed the fundamental technology incorporated into the Healthy Air TM system.

Aerovex Systems and Healthy Air Inc. have worked together to design the completely new Healthy Air TM source capture system based on an enhanced HEPA technology, referred to as eHEPA.  The high energy field raises the capture efficiency and adsorption of keratin smoothing formaldehyde fumes and other salon chemical vapors and odors. This process also captures and decomposes airborne germs and viruses, while extending the useful life of the filter to four times longer than a HEPA filter.

eHepa and activated carbon filtration in combination with an energy field, holds pathogens, chemical vapors and odors in the filter longer so they can be adsorbed and decomposed. The end result is a system that removes the dangerous fumes from the breathing zone and then effectively captures them on filtration media, providing a cleaner and healthier air for salons.

This technology is exclusive to Aerovex Systems and not available in other source capture ventilation systems.

Now for the first time salons can remove germs and pathogens from your breathing zone and salon air along with chemical vapors and dusts produced during any hair salon chemical service.


The Chemical Source Capture System with Healthy Air Technology features a clear hood and easy to change plug and play filter system

Key features of the “Healthy Air” Chemical Source Capture System include:

·  Protects stylist’s & client’s “breathing zone”

·  Cleans the air from chemicals and particles

·  New eHEPA™ technology combines the use of a high energy field with   traditional HEPA filtration process

·  Enhanced activated carbon filtration

·  Electronic control panel with remote control

·  Newly designed clear hood with LED lighting

·  Sturdier, solid ergonomic design

·  Quiet: approx. 58 dBa at 6 feet

·  Notification for filter change

·  Portable with wheels for easy relocation

·  Exceeds OSHA requirements

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Doug Schoon Presents the Top Ten Myths Related to Artificial Nails

Myths.  They are all around us.  Whether it be urban legend or something that is related to our everyday life, it is important to dispel fiction from facts.  This is especially important when it comes to things that you deal with everyday life and affect you directly, like your profession.

Doug Schoon, scientist and internationally known expert on the nail salon industry has laid out 10 popular myths related to artificial nails that will help modern nail technicians separate fact from fiction.  Highlighted in this post is myth number 9 on Mr. Schoon’s list, “You should wear a mask when you do nails”.

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When proper measures are taken, such as using a source capture ventilation system in your salon, nail dust masks are not necessary.  By using these systems you capture the dust and vapor at the source of the problem, not allowing them to migrate into the salon air.  Masks might work well for stopping dust, but have no effect on stopping harmful vapors from entering your body.  Source capture systems take in this harmful vapor where the work is being done and capture them in a thick bed of activated carbon.

Check out this myth and others here as stated by Mr. Schoon here.



Doug Schoon Explains How Source Capture Ventilation Allows a Safe Working Salon Environment


 “Source capture ventilation” (SCV) is designed to capture salon chemical vapors and dusts at or near its source, protecting the technicians’ or stylists’ “Breathing Zone”,  (which is an invisible two foot sphere in front of you and your client’s mouth from which we draw every breath). SCV also prevents dispersing of contaminants into the salon air.

When properly maintained and the carbon filters are changed regularly, SCV systems are a great way to help ensure salon air quality remains safe and everyone is breathing comfortably during working hours. Both dusts and vapors must be properly controlled. SVC systems do both, which is why I fully support their use in salons.

Nail techs who overexpose themselves to strong odors for long periods can develop a condition called “olfactory fatigue”, which means your nose/brain gets tired of smelling the strong odor, so the brain begins to ignore it. Then you can’t smell odors that others can smell easily. Eventually, this can begin to adversely affect your sense of taste, as well.”

“In the US, it is a legal requirement that salons must have proper ventilation because workers must be provided with a safe working environment. The necessary engineering controls to make this happen are required. Utilizing additional ventilation is always a good choice.”

The 2012 International Mechanical Building Code (IMC), states: Nail stations in nail salons must be provided with a source capture system capable of exhausting not less than 50 cubic-feet-per-minute.

“Use of ceiling fans, opening windows and air conditioning, although they do circulate air and will reduce concentrations of salon chemical vapors, mists and dust, are not proper salon ventilation control measures.”

Use of appropriate ventilation is necessary in the salon to control vapors and minimize the potential for “sensory irritation” and adverse health reactions. Salons that are not equipped with the appropriate ventilation needed to prevent sensory irritation should NOT provide these services until the situation is corrected. Proper ventilation that is appropriate for the services being performed is VERY important for both the client and salon professional. The best way to prevent clients’ and stylists’ overexposure to formaldehyde vapors is to use local source capture ventilation. As stated by the Professional Keratin Smoothing Council,, in its, Oct. 2011 press release:

Aerovex Systems, one of our founding members, is the developer of a hair salon source capture ventilation system, which provides a premiere example of “appropriate” salon ventilation equipment. Such equipment is useful for many types of salon services, including keratin hair smoothing, and can offer an extra layer of protection to help ensure the safety of clients and cosmetologists”.


Question and Answer with Salon Industry Expert Doug Schoon and Renown Stylist Jordana Lorraine

1. Doug Schoon’s MSDS Question:

I wonder what percent of salons (or independent contractors) in America have a Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for each of their professional products? Do you? It seems American salons largely ignore this important federal requirement. Why?

2. Aerovex Systems Question:

A question for professional hair stylists & nail technicians:

Do product manufacturers/distributors/sales representatives provide you with MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets), for all the products they introduce to you? Do they review the safety precautions with you, as indicated on the MSDS?

Keratin Hair Smoothing Expert, Jordana Lorraine, on Manufacturers’ Support for Safe Use of Products:

“MSDS and Advancing Hair Stylist Safety Standards”

Jordana Lorraine Kotlus 

I have been in the industry since 1994, but never heard of MSDS until the keratin treatment controversy. I went to a well-known and -respected school, worked for a large company as a color educator and assistant manager, and have worked in a few small salons. The State Board of Cosmetology (I am in CA) has never asked for them during inspection…which they can’t really, until it is taught in school or on our exam that we need to have it.  Many hairdressers still do not know what MSDS’s are, even though we use chemicals every day.  It is my understanding that salon owners are required to have MSDS, but never really trained about them.  It is unclear who is required to provide it and when; manufacturers vs. distributors, with order vs. on request, etc.

Cadivieu USA educators discuss safety and ventilation openly and provide MSDS upon request. They are distributed by Beauty Solutions; I have never asked my rep about MSDS because it was given to me in my training at Cadiveu.

Keratin Complex training classes are provided by the distributor, Sweis.  I asked the rep to email me MSDS, and she said she would but unfortunately has not.  The manufacturer did not reply to an email request sent to their site, but they did provide MSDS by email, within minutes of making a phone request.

Brazilian Keratin by Marcia Teixeira provided MSDS by email when requested through their ‘Contact Us’ tab.

Brazilian Blowout has MSDS for both of their treatments on their website, but I have not found it accessible on any other company’s site.  Their educators (who are working stylists) do discuss some safety precautions in class, and the sales reps who come to my salon are company employees who are well-versed on the product and the process.

GK Hair was including MSDS with their bottles of solution for a time, but that seems to no longer be the case.  Their educators are company employees, stylists who use the treatments in their salons.  Their treatments and products are distributed (in CA) by Bassett Salon Solutions; their rep has not come to my studio but the office takes orders and kindly provides MSDS upon request.

Overall, ventilation and safety in general are neglected areas of training in the keratin/smoothing treatment arena.  The State Board of Cosmetology is charged with maintaining a salon environment that is safe for both clients and stylists, but they are not updated frequently enough to be aware of new chemical services and the details of their safe execution.  This unfortunately leaves a gap in the system.  In some cases, stylists do not take precautions seriously and may use the products incorrectly.  Many salon owners are not trained on the treatments themselves, and are not always in the salon, leaving them unable to supervise and ensure that safety precautions are being taken. 

Whether the training comes from the manufacturer or the distributor, it should include safety information such as proper product use and environmental safety factors like ventilation.  [Can you imagine if construction workers were never taught to wear hardhats and steel-toed boots?]

Proper Salon Ventilation Control Measures Appropriate For All Salon Chemical Services

 These recommended control measures include a “Three Zone Protection” approach to salon ventilation


Your Breathing Zone

1. Source capture ventilation is to protect both the stylist’s and client’s breathing zone and prevent overexposure to excessive levels of formaldehyde.

The easiest and most efficient way to prevent vapors and dust from getting into the salon is to provide the hair stylist with a source capture ventilation system. A source capture system protects the “breathing zone” of the stylist — the two-foot radius in front of the mouth.  Every breath we take comes from the breathing zone.  It is important to keep that area clean. And, if that area is clean — if the vapors and dust are captured immediately — then they don’t become inhaled or make it past the work station and into the salon.  If anything does get past the source capture system, it would be adsorbed by the whole-salon unit (salon room air purifier).

Source capture systems intake the chemical vapors that are created when stylists apply chemical treatments to the hair, during blow drying, and flat ironing. Then they adsorb and contain the vapors.  As with the larger, whole-salon ventilator (room air purifier), the adsorbent material needs to be changed regularly as it becomes saturated with salon chemicals.

While source capture systems are all meant to accomplish the same thing, the quality of them dramatically differs. “These are not magic boxes,” says Doug Schoon of Schoon Scientific Regulatory Consulting LLC.  He recommends stylists choose a unit with a four inch bed of absorbent material that the air has to pass through. “It needs to be a hefty, thick bed,” says Schoon.

Together, “source capture” and salon air purification systems minimize what becomes part of the air.  Stylists benefit in two ways:  First, they will breathe clean air — which makes for happier lungs while helping to eliminate sensory irritation (burning eyes, scratchy throat, runny nose, headaches).  Second, they will never have to be concerned about the smell of the salon.


Your Salon


2.  Room air purification to cleanse the work station air and further reduce the potential of overexposure to formaldehyde or other salon vapors and dusts found in the salon.

All salon chemical vapors including formaldehyde are heavier than air and tend to migrate to the floor.  It is important to choose a unit which the not only contains sufficient amount of adsorbent material, (i.e. 8 lbs activated carbon), but also moves a sufficient volume of air, (400 to 600 cubic ft. per minute).  A unit which provides a “Fountain Flow” of air by forcing clean air towards the ceiling will create the necessary airflow pattern to scrub contaminants from the salon air. Because salon vapors are in greatest concentrations at floor level, choose a unit designed to capture pollutants at the floor level.

Your Building


3.  HVAC filters designed specifically to remove formaldehyde and other salon vapors and dusts from the building’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning system.

A building’s ventilation system, whether in a strip mall or a stand-alone structure, is called the HVAC system.  This stands for Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning.  This is your first line of attack.  The HVAC system brings fresh air to the salon and pushes it from one room to another.  This system needs to be professionally maintained by a specialist.  The specialist will change the filters, and properly balance and clean the system every year.  An HVAC system removes mold, mildew, dust, etc., providing relatively fresh air to a building.

Most salons are only using residential, standard HVAC fiberglass filters, which are inadequate for the removal of salon specific chemical vapors and dust. Special Salon HVAC filters are available which have an increased dust holding capacity and are composed of rinse-able layers of electrostatic polypropylene grids that collect and trap dust.  Designed specifically for salons these filters are composed of an interchangeable activated carbon panels which captures and removes salon specific chemical vapors.


 Source capture ventilation, room air purifiers and HVAC filters designed specifically for removing salon vapors, mists and dusts have been developed and are highly effective for improving salon air quality.  This has been an often overlooked tool that all salons need in order to protect workers and clients.


Salons must begin to consider ventilation as an important tool. You can’t cut hair without shears; and you can’t have a safe salon environment without proper and effective ventilation.

Proper Ventilation: A Hot Topic In The Salon Industry

Hair stylists are exposed to airborne chemical contaminants on a daily basis.  The salon industry is notorious for having improper ventilation in place to protect salon workers from overexposure to salon chemical vapors, mists and dusts.  An incomplete understanding of both salon ventilation control measures and OSHA regulatory requirements are factors which often contribute to respiratory illness of hair stylists who are exposed to airborne chemical contaminants on a daily basis.  Recent advancements in salon ventilation technologies have been introduced to the salon industry, which when used and maintained properly, can allow salon workers to provide all types of salon chemical services in a safe working environment without compromising their health.


There are two types of ventilation:

Source capture ventilation is designed to capture salon chemical vapors and dusts at or near its source, protecting the hair stylists’ breathing zone, and preventing inhalation of, or dispersing of contaminants into the salon air.

The system pictured above shows an example of source capture ventilation supplemented by a whole salon air purifier (bottom right)

General exhaust ventilation (also called dilution ventilation) is different from source capture ventilation because instead of capturing emissions at their source and removing them from the air, general exhaust ventilation allows the chemical vapors & dusts to be emitted into the salon air and breathing zone of the hair stylist, and then possibly inhaled into the cosmetologist’s respiratory system.  General ventilation then dilutes the concentration of contaminants to an acceptable level.

Salon ventilation has become a hot topic with the introduction of keratin hair smoothing services.  Formaldehyde vapors are released into the air when heat is applied during blow drying and flat ironing of the hair, as well as during application of keratin hair smoothing products which contain formaldehyde releasing ingredients.  Repeated overexposure to formaldehyde vapors can cause “sensory irritation”, (i.e. burning / watery eyes, scratchy throat and runny nose).  Other symptoms may include difficulty breathing, occupation-related asthma and other related skin allergic sensitivity.  To avoid this overexposure, proper salon ventilation is vital.

Safe Cosmetics Act Introduced Into The US House Of Representatives


For the first time in 70 years the United States House of Representatives has taken steps to regulate chemicals used in the cosmetic industry.  Brought to the floor by 3 members of congress, including Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc), from our home congressional district, the act looks to more closely regulate chemicals that are a part of our everyday lives.

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Beauty Launchpad Magazine Cites Proper Salon Ventilation as the Central Safety Measure for Protecting Stylists and Clients From Formaldehyde Overexposure During Keratin Smoothing Treatments


We all know that keratin treatments are here to stay, but do we know how to make them safe for stylists and their clients?  Luckily word is getting out that when the proper steps are taken, keratin treatments can be performed safely and become a backbone service for salons and a life-changer for their customers.

In an article in this months issue of Beauty Launchpad Magazine authored by Alyson Osterman-Kerr, John Henshaw, lead scientific adviser for the Professional Keratin Smoothing Council (PKSC) explains how to avoid sensory irritation by taking the proper steps while performing keratin treatments, centering squarely on proper ventilation.  Mr. Henshaw states:

“In general, when using proper ventilation and correct treatment procedures, many of these products can be used safely without sensory irritation.”

So there it is again.  Ventilation, ventilation, ventilation.  The PKSC has once again stated that proper salon ventilation is the central safety measure in a list of procedures to ensure safe salon air while performing brazilian keratin treatments.  By capturing and eliminating the vapors at the source, and then supplementing that protection with a work station unit and salon-specific HVAC filters for the whole salon,  the worries of providing keratin treatments will truly be a thing of the past.

To check out the entire Beauty Launchpad article, click here.




Beauty Industry Expert and Scientist Doug Schoon Stresses the Importance of Salon Ventilation on the ABC News Website

In a new article on via the Associated Press, beauty industry expert Doug Schoon weighs in on the importance of proper ventilation in the salon industry.

With the recent revelations that certain nail polishes labeled free of toxic chemicals actually contain high levels of the agents, Mr. Schoon agrees that mislabeling of products should never be done, but stresses that proper ventilation and training of salon employees are much more important factors in preventing health problems.  Mr. Schoon states:

“[The] need for appropriate ventilation for the work you’re doing, whether it be in printing shops or other workplaces, is a huge area of opportunity that the (DTSC) should be focusing on”.

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