Brazilian Blowout | Dangerous product or safely straight hair?

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In the quest for ultra-straight hair, some women may be putting themselves at risk with the Brazilian Blowout. Image: Flickr / ClickFlashPhotos / CC-BY

In the quest for ultra-straight hair, the Brazilian Blowout has marketed itself as a safe option. Rather than a deep chemical relaxer, Brazilian Blowout claims to “bond to the amino acids on the surface of the hair.” Recent reports, though, say that Brazilian Blowout could be anything but safe. The Oregon Health and Science University issued a public health alert, warning that Brazilian Blowout contains formaldehyde at levels up to 1060 percent above safe levels.

About the Brazilian Blowout

Brazilian Blowout is the brand name of a wide line of products. In a salon, however, Brazilian Blowout is a non-permanent hair-straightening product. Brazilian Blowout treatments are popular because they are an alternative to chemical relaxers, and they still straighten hair. The Brazilian Blowout cost can range from $150 to $600 per treatment. Brazilian Blowout costs more than no fax payday loans and lasts about as long — between two and six weeks.

Brazilian Blowout with formaldehyde

OSHA Material Data Safety Sheets and workplace warnings are usually required for any product that contains .1 percent or more formaldehyde. After many complaints from salon workers, the Oregon Health and Science University tested salon samples of Brazilian Blowout. The findings of these tests were that Brazilian Blowout contains between 4.85 to 10.6 percent formaldehyde.

A dangerous Brazilian Blowout?

According to the Oregon Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology, anything with more than .1 percent formaldehyde must be treated with care. Even low exposure levels cause irritation and burning of the skin, eyes, nose and throat. Formaldehyde can also cause heart palpitations and carcinomas of the nose. The Brazilian Blowout company claims that because they did not send samples to the OCROET, the tests are not valid. Formaldehyde-free products are available in Europe, but in the United States, regulations are not as stringent. The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010, H.R.5786 would regulate the industry, but it has not yet passed.


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