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What’s good for your hair may be bad for the lungs

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Be careful what you put on your hair.  Oils and gels may make it shiny, but it may not be doing any favours to your lungs.

Popular hair products often contain VOCs (volatile organic compounds) that quickly evaporate and can be inhaled.

The heat from styling tools that straighten or curl the hair can increase VOC levels in the atmosphere, say scientists from the American Chemical Society.

They set up a ventilated house where participants used their usual hair products and heating tools, and measured VOC levels before and after hair care.

Most of the products being used include a VOC known as cVMS (cyclic volatile methyl siloxanes), and researchers found that levels reached 20 mg after just one session.

References
Environmental Science & Technology, 2023; doi: 10.1021/acs.est.3c05156
Article Topics: hair care, lung health, lungs
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