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    Posted: Dec 11 2005 at 11:48am

Hair Replacement - Adhesive Health Risks

If you are considering wearing a Hair system or already wear a hair system,
you need to be aware of these important health risks concerning the use of
Hair system adhesives.

- Adhesive products sold for use with Hair Systems contain chemicals that
are known carcinogens. Commonly used ingredients are benzene, formaldehyde
and many other volatile organic compounds. They may also contain Methyl and
ethyl cyanoacrylates that release formaldehyde when they degrade. The vapors
can be noxious if inhaled.

- Adhesive products sold in the Hair Replacement industry commonly do not
list ingredients or health warnings. This despite that in addition to
increasing your risk of cancer these products may cause a wide variety of
short and long term side effects. A typical warning that is commonly not
passed on to the customer is "This product can cause kidney, liver, lung
damage".

- The FDA has not approved any type of glue for use with hair systems. This
includes liquid skin, tape, bonding agents and glue referred to as surgical
and medical.

- There are no long term or short term studies on the health effects of
applying these adhesives to your head. In fact they were never intended to
be used by a person every single day for 20-30 years.

-When you are exposed to the sun so is your hair system adhesive which will
react with UV (ultraviolet radiation) and become highly toxic. When this
type of toxicity occurs, it enters the body and goes directly to various
organs and can be extremely damaging or even fatal.

- Drinking alcohol, sweating or if the glue comes into contact with other
chemicals may increase your skin absorption and therefore increase your
health risk.

- The Hair replacement industry will use deceptive practices and phrases to
fool customers in believing their products are safe. This includes referring
to their products as FDA approved or making claims their glue is medical or
surgical grade when they are not.

- An MSDS data sheet does not guarantee the product is safe nor does it
indicate FDA approval. However an MSDS data sheet may contain valuable
information concerning the health risks, ingredients, reactivity and side
effects. Therefore always request one prior to purchase. Many companies
however will refuse to provide you this information. If your Hair
Replacement company is unwilling to provide you a copy, take your business
elsewhere. They are putting your health at risk. In addition if you ever end
up in the emergency room with a severe reaction, the first thing the doctor
will need is the MSDS sheet.

- Severe allergic reactions can occur from use of these products. Therefore
as a precautionary safety measure have your Dermatologist perform a 48 hour
skin patch test to determine possible sensitization to these products.

- All adhesives contain ingredients that may cause skin irritation.

- Latex adhesives can also create allergic reactions and has the additional
handicap of creating heightened skin sensitivity with each successive
application.

- Acrylic and Silicone based adhesives should never be used directly on
skin.

..i came across this on another forum...just wanted to share...

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec 11 2005 at 11:55am

it seems there are mixed views on this one.....here is somebody's response to it......

 

Well, I've done 10 years research firsthand on the subject (including blood tests) as well as looking for any cases of lawsuits or medical claims about glue/tape. Never found one. Zero. None. Do you have one ? I have no connection to the hair replacement industry whatsoever and Farrel will verify this. I don't like the FAQ because it cites no solid research and scares people for no reason. I say I'm "not aware" of any cases because I don't consider myself the ultimate authority on everything and to say there are NO cases according to ME would be rather presumptive, don't you think ??

If you can post a single case where someone claimed / proved damage from glue/tape/solvent let's see it. I'll post what I know for a fact: I wore a system for *12 years* using all these things and have suffered no ill effects. I know of not a single person whose experience was otherwise. As for posting alternatives - you might read again and notice I did so.

As for carcinogenic ingredients, again, it doesn't matter ! They don't get into the bloodstream! There are 100 things that are carcinogenic you probably touch every day - that doesn't get them into your bloodstream and hence it makes not a damn bit of difference. Your cell phone and the sh*t you breathe on the freeway are unquestionably thousands of times more carcinogenic!!! Educate yourself as to how transdermal absorption does/doesn't occur.

We could go round and round forever. The fact is not a single person has ever suffered any ill effect from hair system tape or glue.

End of story.

That being said, I don't dispute for a minute the general lack of ethics or concern for customers by that industry - I think the majority of them are out to take advantage of customers and care only about money. I just don't see adhesives as being part of the conspiracy.


I can come up with a hundred reasons why not to wear a hair system after having been forced to wear one for many years by a bad transplant (cost, time spent, etc.), but ill health effects just simply isn't one of them.


Lots of things make sense on paper chemically, but don't have any effect in the real world and the chemical makeup of hair system adhesives seems to be one of these. If someone comes along tomorrow with real research and cases demonstrating otherwise, I'll be the first one to hop on their bandwagon.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec 11 2005 at 12:04pm
Thanks for posting this jjiinnxx. This always sort of concerned me. Guess there are two sides to the issue...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec 11 2005 at 12:11pm

Originally posted by jjiinnxx jjiinnxx wrote:



- All adhesives contain ingredients that may cause skin irritation.

- Latex adhesives can also create allergic reactions and has the additional
handicap of creating heightened skin sensitivity with each successive
application.

- Acrylic and Silicone based adhesives should never be used directly on
skin.

Both of those post are interesting... I wish we knew which one was more accurate.  I dont know I would assume as any other chemical they could have some effects.  I know personally the glue bothers my skin really badly if i use it on my nape... 

On the front it's fine but on the back it itches horribly...  I've tried three kinds... 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec 11 2005 at 12:17pm
Reality, If you don't mind, can you tell me how the glue bothers your nape? I have heard of rash.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec 11 2005 at 12:54pm
I agree that these adhesives are toxic. A lot of these adhesives contain known carcinogens. I do recommend that everyone be educated about the ingredients of these adhesives and the effects. There is a book that I use in my class that classifies all of the most common chemicals and their attrbutes. It lists the route of absorption, effects of acute and continuted exposure, the lowest allowable does, etc. Also, chemicals can be transfered dermally. In fact the dermal route is one of the most effective because the substance goes directly to the bloodstream rather than cycling throughout the digestive system. I know this because I am an Occupational Health and Safety/Nursing major at school.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec 11 2005 at 1:30pm

Originally posted by Aleska Aleska wrote:

Reality, If you don't mind, can you tell me how the glue bothers your nape? I have heard of rash.

Not a rash Aleska just really bad itching.  I'm sure if I didn't take it off after a day and clean it from my skin that a rash could be possible.   I was afraid of that actually.  The tape doesn't bother my skin.

Also I am using scalp protector but that doesn't seem to help...

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec 11 2005 at 2:17pm

charcoal is a carcinogen, as are ingredients in hot dogs, milk and cosmetics.  The list is longer than all the time you'd have to read it.

The question that's not addressed above is the RELATIVE risk.  Obviously the carcinogen pesticides found in HOT DOGS doens't compare to being a pack a day cigarette smoker.

Point being, you are probably getting exposed to as much of a carcinogen when you put on your make-up!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec 11 2005 at 3:22pm
Its important to be in an informed consumer in anything but I would take this info with a grain of salt. True these adhesives may contain carcinogens but do you know how many things we use on a daily basis that do? There are studies on carbs cooked at high temps can cause cancer - those french fries and cakes that we love so much will be a no no if you follow those studies to the T.The same goes for Acetate found in hair dyes and nail polish. We are new to these wigs but lets not forget that people have been balding for years and have worn hair systems forever and I dont think that the masses have been dying from their wigs. As PJ said, the article does not address the relative risk. I think if this was a real threat that Hair Club for Men, Farrells and all the hair replacement studios that have been in business for years and years would be facing millions of dollars in lawsuits from clients and workers who have developed cancer linked to a hair system
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec 11 2005 at 3:25pm

Originally posted by hennypenny hennypenny wrote:

Its important to be in an informed consumer in anything but I would take this info with a grain of salt. True these adhesives may contain carcinogens but do you know how many things we use on a daily basis that do? There are studies on carbs cooked at high temps can cause cancer - those french fries and cakes that we love so much will be a no no if you follow those studies to the T.The same goes for Acetate found in hair dyes and nail polish. We are new to these wigs but lets not forget that people have been balding for years and have worn hair systems forever and I dont think that the masses have been dying from their wigs. As PJ said, the article does not address the relative risk. I think if this was a real threat that Hair Club for Men, Farrells and all the hair replacement studios that have been in business for years and years would be facing millions of dollars in lawsuits from clients and workers who have developed cancer linked to a hair system

Yeah I agree....  good info

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