Doug Schoon Responds to Chemical Equilibrium Questions

Doug Schoon has responded to an article on I Can Has Science which questions his recent press release.

Here is Mr. Schoon’s response:

“I hope you will allow me to make a correction. I am not representing any company that sells these products.  My press releases made that very clear. I am helping some companies, as well as government regulators and activists understand the chemical issues, e.g. to correct MSDS sheets, proper labels, correct testing, recommending proper ventilation, etc.  That is my area of expertise, as well as, being a salon safety advocate for the past 20+ years.  I can’t help who quotes me, that’s the risks of going public and I don’t mind when they do, as long as I am accurately quoted.  Actually, I have been working with many other scientists to help clear up the misconceptions about formaldehyde for more than 7 years, so this is not a new issue.

I fully agree with you that an equilibrium exists and said so repeatedly.  I love your graphics, but the equilibrium ratio is not 3 to 1,  the ratio is 996 to 4 in favor of Methylene Glycol.  Misunderstandings like this is what lead Oregon OSHA to originally misreport the levels of free Formaldehyde.  That is my only complaint  with them. I have a huge respect for OSHA and the important work they do.

Now Oregon OSHA has finally done some air monitoring studies, which is a step in the right direction and the FDA has asked the CIR to looking into both Formaldehyde and Methylene Glycol, so hopefully we can get down  to science and move away from speculation based on misinformation.  Again, my only interest is to help clear up the long standing misconception that Formaldehyde is a cosmetic ingredient. It is not and never has been!  Shampoos, conditioners, body lotions, even nail polish… none of these have ever contained Formaldehyde as an ingredient. That would be impossible, since Formaldehyde is an anhydrous and highly reactive gas.  Please feel free to contact me and I’d be happy to discuss this in more detail.”

Cadiveu Verify the Safety of Their Brazilian Thermal Reconstruction

SAO PAULO, Brazil, Dec. 6, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Cadiveu Brazil, one of the first companies to produce Brazilian Keratin Treatments, has always been committed to providing safe and effective products.  Following the recent controversy surrounding formaldehyde use in salon treatments, Cadiveu has undertaken extensive testing, which has confirmed that the presence of measurable formaldehyde during a Cadiveu Brazilian Thermal Reconstruction application is significantly below OSHA’s most stringent standards for safety over an eight hour period. One Brazilian keratin manufacturer admits to the treatment releasing formaldehyde, but it was well under stringent safety standards when used properly; especially if salons are using the Chemical Source Capture System. For more information on this research, go to

Brazilian Blowout Revisted

It was the beauty buzz of the summer—the “Brazilian Blowout,” a chemical straightening system that smoothed and defrizzed hair for weeks leaving it impervious to weather and virtually frizz-free for up to three months. Read More

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Would You Wear a Gas Mask While Getting Your Hair Done?

As extreme as it may sound, salons across the United States and Canada are using gas masks as a “safer” alternative for clients undergoing the popular Brazilian Keratin hair process. Last month, the smoothing treatment came under fire when Oregon’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (or OSHA) found significant levels of formaldehyde in the Brazilian Blowout solution. In order to keep both stylists and clients safe, salons have begun implementing goggles, gloves and gas masks as protective measures, keeping those performing & undergoing the treatment, out of harm’s way.

But how far is too far? “You have to have the proper ventilation,” says Tracy Pohlkamp, owner of Indulge Studios in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin.  Holding a respirator to your face, while undergoing the 90 minute process isn’t the right way to keep patrons safe, but it’s also not leaving them with an enjoyable experience.

The Chemical Source Capture System, developed by Aerovex Systems, is a specialized ventilation system that not only lowers the potential for excessive inhalation exposure, but also absorbs and removes the chemical vapors from the air emitted during the Brazilian Keratin process. In addition to creating a well ventilated area, there is no need for gas masks or facial respirator to be applied. The Chemical Source Capture System keeps the air in salons fresh and most importantly clean. By enabling this ventilation system, stylists and clients are not only safe, but comfortable and happy to see salons going the extra mile for their safety.

To purchase the Chemical Source Capture System,  visit the Aerovex Systems store.



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Hazard Alert Issued for Hair Smoothing Products

The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (Oregon OSHA) issued an alert today about formaldehyde in products used to smooth or straighten hair.

The occupational safety and health agency recently tested more than 100 product samples from about 50 Oregon salons. Oregon OSHA said it confirmed earlier test results that showed significant levels of formaldehyde.

The testing included samples of Brazilian Blowout Solution labeled “formaldehyde free.” According to researchers, the latest results ranged from about 6 percent to to nearly 12 percent formaldehyde.

Solutions with a formaldehyde content of more than 0.1 percent must list formaldehyde as an ingredient.

Researchers said other brands of hair smoothing solution also revealed formaldehyde.

Oregon OSHA also conducted air monitoring tests as stylists conducted treatments using the Brazilian Blowout product. The exposure to local stylists during the testing did not exceed OSHA’s permissible exposure limit.

“Although it’s not clear whether the regulatory level of airborne exposure would be exceeded based on our results, it is clear that the levels are high enough to cause concern,” said Michael Wood, Oregon OSHA Administrator.

The hazard alert–sent to all Oregon salons–includes information about formaldehyde as well as safety precautions for stylists working with hair smoothing solutions.

The Brazilian Blowout company has conducted its own tests and defends its products as safe and formaldehyde free. The company plans to issue a statement on Oregon OSHA’s latest test results on Monday.

*Article credit: KOIN Local 6 News View Article

8 Important Facts About Aerovex Systems’ Chemical Source Capture System

1. Keratin treatments for smoothing and straightening hair often utilize either formaldehyde or glutaraldehyde. And, both may be potentially harmful if safe limits are exceeded for prolonged periods.

2. OSHA has established an Action Limit for formaldehyde and salons are required to ensure cosmetologists inhalation exposures 
do not exceed 0.5 ppm 8 hour TWA.

3. Glutaraldehyde containing products (sometimes sold as “Formaldehyde-Free”) creates a 
greater potential risk, which is why California OSHA has set the legal maximum
 inhalation limit for glutaraldehyde at 0.2 ppm 8 hour TWA, less than half that of formaldehyde.

4. Without the proper ventilation cosmetologists may be over exposed to excessive levels of 
either formaldehyde or glutaraldehyde, so they should invest in an efficient ventilation system.

5. Prolonged and/or repeated overexposure to either formaldehyde of glutaraldehyde vapors may cause upper 
respiratory tract irritation, difficulty breathing, and other 
related symptoms, e.g. skin allergic sensitivity or burning/watery eyes.

6. When used properly, the Aerovex Systems’ Chemical Source Capture system can help 
reduce a cosmetologists exposure and help ensure they are working at safe levels.

7. An even greater measure of safety can be obtained by using one or more of the
 Aerovex Systems’ Room Air Purifiers to further scrub these potentially harmful 
vapors from the air and create a more healthful salon environment.

8. Using a Aerovex Systems’ Room Air Purifier in conjunction with the Chemical Source Capture
 System further reduces the potential for over exposure and helps ensure that all salon workers
 are prevented from accidentally over exposing themselves to many common vapors and dusts
 found in the salon.