Hair-smoothing products pose serious health hazards

Chemical treatments may deliver smooth hair, but eventually show their ugly side through serious side effects, which include balding, scarring, and formaldehyde exposure.

At salons everywhere, women swear by the `Brazilian keratins` – treatments that deliver a drop-dead gorgeous `do,` reports CBS news.

But some of the hair-smoothing products contain formaldehyde – a chemical the Environmental Protection Agency considers a carcinogen.

This week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, recommended stylists stop using products with formaldehyde, which goes by a number of different names.

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