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In the News….Again

It was three years ago this month that we began our investigation with Oregon OSHA into complaints by hair stylists related to the use of Brazilian Blowout, a hair straightening product. And we told you in 2011 Let’s Put it to Bed and in 2012 Never Say Never. We really didn’t expect to still be talking about this topic this many years later. However, this week’s news release about a class action suit settlement deserves … Read More

Never Say Never

Late last year we told you that it was the end of our discussion of hair smoothing products and formaldehyde. After 18 or so months following this issue, we had decided that enough is enough. Even last week, after California announced its settlement with the manufacturer of Brazilian Blowout we refrained from discussion on this blog. Well it’s tough to turn down an opportunity to guest blog for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and … Read More

Oregon OSHA and CROET win Spotlight Award

You’ve heard a lot from us in the past year about hair smoothing products and formaldehyde. Frankly, we’re all a bit tired of it, and we didn’t plan to weigh in again about it. But last week, the Public Relations Society of America, Portland Metro Chapter, awarded a Spotlight Award to Oregon OSHA and CROET in the Issue Management Category. This is an exciting acknowledgment of the time and effort both organizations put into this … Read More

Formaldehyde in Hair Smoothing Products: Let’s put it to bed

A warning letter was just released from the Food and Drug Administration to the makers of the Brazilian Blowout smoothing solution. The issue of stylists being unknowingly exposed to formaldehyde has been on our radar for 13 months now. And while some of you may have thought the issue had been resolved, only last week CROET received another inquiry from someone who just recently concluded that her good friend’s significant health issues were related to … Read More

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