Formaldehyde Hidden In Hair Products
Formaldehyde is like another form of relaxer. It’s used in perms to straighten hair and when heat is applied to it, formaldehyde is released into the hair. In gas form, formaldehyde kills everything living it comes in contact with. In its gaseous form, it is absorbed by the respiratory tract; in aqueous solution, it is absorbed through skin contact. As a result it must be avoided at ALL costs. So imagine my horror when I found out the beauty industry has found ways to hide formaldehyde in their products, under the names diazolidinyl urea; imidazolidinyl urea; quarterinium-15; DMDM hydantoin; 2-bromo; and 2-nitropropane. AND apparently those are just the most common ones.
So I got to thinking, where would it make sense to hide formaldehyde? In heat protectancts and other products you are supposed to put on your hair to promote straightness. Panicking I grabbed my Ever Straight Brazilian Keratin Therapy Flat Iron Spray by Organix and scanned the ingredient list. The formaldehyde is in bold:
Deionized Water, Alcohol Denatured (SD Alcohol 40 B), PEG 12 Dimethicone, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Polyquaternium 6, Polyquaternium 11, Hydrolyzed Keratin Protein, Theobroma Cacao Extract (Cocoa Butter), Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut), Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado), Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Extract (Aloe Leaf), Panthenol, Parfum, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropyl Butylcarbamate, Citric Acid, Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Red 40, Yellow 5.
* Polyquaternium 6, Polyquaternium 11 is definitely related to quarterinium-15.
WHAT IS WRONG WITH ORGANIX. Now I understand why whenever I sprayed this on my hair, my strands would actually immediately straighten before I applied heat. I’ve actually sprayed this product to my scalp thinking it would moisturize my scalp, which I now know is like injecting cancerous cells into my brain. I. AM.
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