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10 Winter Hair Care Tips


Winter time puts a lot of stress on your tresses and the harsh, cold elements can cause irrecoverable damage. In order to keep your hair healthy all year round, you have to take extra care of it in the winter months. Keep in mind that your hair contains less natural oils in winter and is thus more fragile, so the less heat and cold you place on it the better.

  1. Protect your hair by covering up with a scarf, beanie or cap. Make sure that your headwear is not too tight as it can also cause hair breakage.
  2. Limit the use of heating tools. Blow drying, flat ironing and curling must be kept to a minimum in winter as heat styling dries your hair out. If you must blow dry your hair, use a low heat setting. 
  3. Do not wash your hair as often. In winter your scalp and hair are drier than in summer, so you can go an extra day without washing. 
  4. Don‘t go outside with wet hair. The cold causes wet hair to freeze which in turn causes hair breakage. 
  5. Condition your hair. Put back some moisture into your hair by applying a deep conditioner after shampooing, leave in for 2-3 minutes and then rinse off. 
  6. Rinse hair with cold water after conditioning. This locks in the moisture and makes hair shiny. If you cannot stand cold water, try luke warm water or as close to cold as you can handle.  
  7. Use a leave-in conditioner. This is a quick treatment for dry, damaged hair and helps keep flyways down. 
  8. Do not dye or highlight your hair as often. These treatments cause hair to become dry and brittle, rather go to your hair salon for a hot oil treatment that hydrates your scalp. 
  9. Comb your hair regularly. Use a wide tooth comb on dry hair as this improves blood circulation in the scalp and promotes hair growth. 
  10. Trim your hair. Get an inch of your hair chopped off every 4 weeks as split ends occur more in winter.

  Hair care is one of the most important parts of staying beautiful and once your hair is damaged, there is nothing that will fix it. Remember, prevention is better than repairing ladies!

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MACVOIL™ Unleashes the First All Natural Hair Smoothing


Formula Devoid of Dangerous Chemicals and Carcinogens 

Houston, TX – Jan. 13, 2012 – The Egyptians did it with iron plates, those of the Renaissance used bricks and metal rods, and the Japanese were adept at using heated combs. The methods may vary but women throughout the ages had one goal – straight hair. Now there’s no need for traditional hair smoothing methods with the introduction of the first non-toxic hair smoothing system by MacVoil™.

The professional salon treatment offers a formula rich in all natural botanicals and non-toxic ingredients for formaldehyde free hair smoothing hair care. The revolutionary new treatment by MACVOIL™ utilizes micro-emulsion nanotechnology to deliver powerful keratin therapy that provides smooth hair for months.

There’s no need for gloves, masks and complicated ventilation systems with the MACVOIL™ hair smoothing system. The formula contains no carcinogens or harsh chemicals that can prove hazardous to hair and health. The hair smoothing treatment is appropriate for all hair types and styles. The MACVOIL™ Keratin Hair Smoothing Treatment eliminates frizz, moisturizes and detangles for enhanced hair color, leaving locks healthy, smooth  and shiny.

MACVOIL™ utilizes a proprietary blend of ingredients that are certified 100 % botanical. Hand selected from boutique growers, products are formulated in small batches and blended by talented artisans. The firm employs green technology in its exclusive five step water purification process, along with cold water processing to maintain the integrity of each ingredient’s unique properties and product performance.

The  MACVOIL™ Keratin Hair Smoothing Treatment was developed by Dr. Frank Tavakoli, a man who has been changing the world of hair care for the past 20 years. Passionate about the environment and dedicated to creating earth-friendly products, Tavakoli’s methods have resulted in specialty hair care solutions that include Shiva, Clio, Silkology and MACVOIL™.  The exclusive line of MACVOIL™ products includes MACVOIL™ Anti-Aging Hair Care, MACVOIL™ Argan and Cypress Oils and MACVOIL™ Keratin Hair Smoothing Treatment

Prior to the creation of the  MACVOIL™ Keratin Hair Smoothing Treatment, options were limited to Brazilian Blowouts, Thermal Reconditioning and Japanese straightening products that contain ingredients that can cause damage to hair and put users’ health at risk. Canada has banned the use of such products, but many are still using them in the U.S. The release of the  MACVOIL™ Keratin Hair Smoothing Treatment provides an all-natural alternative that provides results without dangerous chemicals and adverse effects.

MACVOIL™ Keratin Hair Smoothing Treatment represents a major breakthrough in the science of hair care, eliminating the need for dangerous chemicals and processes. The all natural  MACVOIL™ Keratin Hair Smoothing Treatment provides the ultimate in smooth, silky hair, without returning to the bricks, metal plates and heated combs of the ancients.

MACVOIL™ can be reached toll-free 800-622-1330, or by visiting the website at

MACVOIL Botanical Guide



Botanical Guide

Ivy: Helps to stimulate circulation, thereby promoting hair growth. Works best in combination with Burdock, fenugreek, and basil.

Burdock: Promotes hair growth by stimulating circulation and works well in conjunction with ivy, fenugreek, and basil.

Fenugreek: Promotes hair growth by stimulating circulation and works well in conjunction with ivy, burdock, and basil.

Basil Leaf Extract: Promotes hair growth by stimulating circulation and works well in conjunction with ivy, fenugreek, and burdock.

Nettle: Strengthen week hair follicles, inhibit the effects of DHT, removes excess sebum, and promotes hair and scalp health, helps to grow fuller and thicker hair, oxygenate hair follicles.

Acai Extract: Antioxidant, anti-aging, rich in polyphenols , Contains mineral salts, vitamins. Carbohydrates, proteins, lipids and flavones contribute to hydrating, emollient, soothing and conditioning effects.

Aloe Vera: Boost hair moisture and shine, natural conditioner.

Chilean Soapbark: Natural deep- penetrating, gentle cleanser, great for scalp.

Brown and Red Algae: Enhance hair strength and helps retain moisture, blocks UVA.

Kelp: Protects hair from environmental damage, nourishes and encourages healthy hair growth and thickens hair.

Cucumber Extract & Cucumber Water: Hydrating and smoothing extract that provides a cooling and refreshing experience to the scalp. Excellent sources of Vitamin E and natural potassium, helps remove unwanted excess oils and grease, and fights the effects of aging.

Consumer Health Alert: Hair Straightening Products and Formaldehyde


If you are thinking of getting your hair straightened, here is some important information for you to consider. A group of hair straightening products known as “Brazilian Keratin Treatment” (BKT) may contain formaldehyde.

  • Exposure to formaldehyde can cause irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and skin.
  • People with asthma or other respiratory diseases may be more sensitive than others to the effects of breathing formaldehyde.
  • Formaldehyde is classified as a known human carcinogen (cancer-causing chemical).

The amount of formaldehyde exposure you get depends upon:

  • the product used,
  • stylist technique, and
  • ventilation in the salon.

The hair straightening products that were tested and shown to contain formaldehyde are listed below. There are more than 150 hair straightening products on the market, and we do not know how many others may contain formaldehyde. You can’t count on the label. Some products were labeled “formaldehyde-free”, “organic” or “natural”, but were found to contain formaldehyde when tested.

How are you exposed to formaldehyde?

You can breathe in formaldehyde when the product is:

  • applied to your hair,
  • heated on your head with high temperature blow dryers and flat irons, or
  • being used on other customers.

You may continue to be exposed to formaldehyde until the product is washed out of your hair. You can also be exposed if you use at-home treatments of BKT hair straighteners.

What products contained formaldehyde?

Formaldehyde was measured in the products listed below. Remember that there are many products on the market and most have not been tested, so we do not know how many others may also contain formaldehyde.

  • Brazilian Blowout Solution
  • Brazilian Blowout Acai Professional Smoothing solution
  • Brazilian Gloss Keratin Smoothing Gloss
  • Cadiveu Brazilian Thermal Reconstruction
  • Coppola Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy, Natural Keratin Smoothing Treatment
  • Coppola Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy, Natural Keratin Smoothing Treatment, Light Wave
  • Coppola Keratin Express Brazilian Smoothing Treatment
  • Coppola Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy
  • Global Keratin Functional Keratin Hair Taming System Light Wave Chocolate
  • Global Keratin Taming System Strawberry
  • Global Keratin Taming System with Juvexin Strawberry Resistant
  • Global Keratin Taming System with Juvexin Strawberry Light Wave
  • IBS Beauty IStraight Keratin Advanced Keratin Treatment
  • Kera Green Keratin and Protein Hair
  • Marcia Teixeira Advanced Brazilian Keratin Treatment
  • Marcia Teixeira Brazilian Keratin Treatment
  • Marcia Teixeira Chocolate, extreme de-frizzing treatment
  • Pro-Collagen RX Keratin Treatment
  • QOD GOLD Solution

Who tested these hair straightening products?

Oregon OSHA (health and safety program), Health Canada and the European Directorate-General of Health and Consumer Affairs did the testing and found formaldehyde in most of the products they tested. They also conducted air tests during application of one of the products in two salons and found that formaldehyde had been released into the air.

What kind of chemical is formaldehyde?

At room temperature, formaldehyde is a colorless, flammable gas that has a distinct, pungent smell. It is also known as methanal, methylene oxide, oxymethyline, methylaldehyde, and oxomethane. When mixed with water, it may be referred to as methylene glycol or formalin (formalin is another name for embalming fluid). You may see one of these names on a product label, but you may not.

What actions are being taken to deal with this concern?

  • The New York State Department of Health is monitoring the situation and we are in contact with other states about their experiences with these products. Through this fact sheet, we are taking the precautionary step of alerting salon workers and consumers about the hazards. At this time, we know that 51 companies market a total of 156 products. Over 100 of those are widely distributed in New York. This year alone, seven new products have come on the market. We have no reliable way, at this time, to know which ones contain formaldehyde.
  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), responsible for regulating cosmetic products, is gathering reports from consumers and salon professionals about eye irritation, breathing problems and headaches.
  • The Oregon Department of Consumer Business Services and the Connecticut Department of Public Health issued alerts on the release of formaldehyde from these products.
  • The Attorney General of the State of California filed a lawsuit against a California-based manufacturer of one of these products (Brazilian Blowout’s Acai Professional Smoothing Solution) alleging that the manufacturer failed to warn users about the presence of formaldehyde, as required by California regulations.
  • Health Canada issued an advisory about the release of formaldehyde from the Brazilian Blowout product. Health Canada also received complaints of burning eyes, nose and throat, breathing difficulties and a report of hair loss.
  • The European Directorate-General of Health and Consumer Affairs banned the sale of some products and recalled others.

What should I do if I am concerned about my health because of using these products?

First, consider not having your hair treated with the products.

Seek medical attention, if you are experiencing health problems.

Consumers and salon professionals are urged to report adverse experiences to FDA in either of the following ways:

  1. Report to the nearest FDA district office. The phone number for the New York State Complaint Coordinator is (866) 446-9055.
  2. Report online to FDA’s MedWatch adverse event reporting system. You also may call Medwatch at (800) 332-1088 to request a reporting form by mail.

What if I have other questions?

If you have other questions, you can:

  • Call us at (518) 402-7900 or toll-free at (800) 458-1158
  • Email us at
  • Write to us:
    New York State Department of Health
    Flanigan Square
    547 River Street, Room 230
    Troy, New York 12180