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Brazilian Blowout Hair Treatment recently ruled Carcinogenic
It’s now official, just a little over a week ago the maker of the very popular Brazilan Blowout products have agreed to change their labeling to warn consumers that Formaldehyde gas is released during treatements with this product. Formaldehyde gas is a known Carcinogen and can also cause various other issues. Court evidence showed that these products were deceptively labled as Formaldehyde Free , when they actually contained from 8 – 10% of this dangerous gas.
It was only a matter of time, issues had been showing up in Salons with beauticians, and customers for years now, and numerous health complaints have been filed ranging from severe headaches, nosebleeds, blisters, burning eyes, vomiting, asthma attacks and other respiratory problems. In addition, according to a well know doctor interviewed on the CBS Early Show, it was divulged that the person getting the treatment may be at harm months afterwards when the chemical on the hair starts to break down. Brazilian Blowout is one brand of Brazilian Keratin Hair Straighteners that were first popularized in Brazil, but have been available in U.S. salons for several years now. The Blowout procedures costs can vary from $200.00 up to $600.00 or more in some Salons. but we believe costs for these questionable products may be falling as consumers look for alternative solutions.
How to select Safe Straightening/Keratin Treatment Alternatives
There are a variety of other treatments that claim they are Formaldehyde free and that produce as good as a result as the Brazilian Blowout \ Brazilian Keratin Treatment products. If Formaldehyde exposure concerns you, then you must be cautious that the product your Salon uses really does not contain Formeldehyde. Brazilian Blowout, and perhaps other similar Brazilian Keratin products may not outrightly show to contain Formaldehyde in their labeling, so, how do you know if it does contain this substance?
As for Brazilian Blowout, it contains Methylene Glycol which is the liquid form of Formaldehyde. This when heated produces the dangerous Formaldehyde gas. Other names, but probably not all in which Formaldehyde shows up on other Brazilan Treatment labels are:
- Formic Aldehyde
- Formalin (Methanol-free)
- Methyl Aldehyde
- Methylene Glycol
- Methylene Oxide
- Morbicid Acid
Make sure the product that your Salon is using does not contain any of the chemical names above. Finally to help ease the confusion, we uncovered a great article by EWG showing 16 popular companies products tests of Formaldehyde found in product. Some of the results may surprise you!
We are a Health Consious Salon located in the Fredericksburg VA area dedicated to provide Salon Consumers the latest information regarding questionable products and providing alternatives. There are many alternative Formaldehyde-Free Keratin Treatments on the market and we have tried numerous brands. We now are primarly using a product that has substituted Formaldehyde with a common ingredient normally found in foods for the straightening process, and are having great results!