FDA Investigates Keratin-Based Hair Treatments

By: Lauren Kravets
By: Lauren Kravets

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- In this summer heat and humidity it's sometimes hard for ladies to avoid frizzy hair, that's why many women are now looking into de-frizzing treatments. But some lawmakers are calling on officials to investigate the products that could cause health problems.

"Usually I have a lot of Frizz," explains Rockford resident Sabrina Gulley

Gulley manages her frizz by getting a Keratin hair treatment every six months.

Gulley says, "It controls it greatly."

While she loves the protein product, others are questioning its safety.

"There have been many complaints about adverse reactions to these products these straighteners, particularly Brazilian Blowout, that contain formaldehyde; loss of hair, blisters on the back of the head, burning eyes, inability to breath well," says Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky.

That's why Schakowsky and nine other U.S. representatives are asking the Food and Drug Administration to regulate the products. Some workers are also concerned because they deal with the products on a daily basis. But not stylist Joiya Cyrus with Karma Salon & Day Spa in Rockford.

"The ones that are not following the rules and trying to do it half way, they're making it hard for the ones that are taking all the precautions," says Cyrus.

Precautions like having a well ventilated area and only doing up to two treatments a day.

Even though formaldehyde is a carcinogen and can cause cancer, Gulley, a breast cancer survivor, isn't worried.

"People continue to smoke cigarettes and they have the warnings on there," says Gulley.

"The clients I have, they love it, they hope it doesn't come off the shelf," says Cyrus.

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has already issued an alert to salons and the FDA is now looking into the treatments.

Lawmakers are asking for warning labels at the very least and to ban some of the products with high levels of formaldehyde.

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