New legislation out of California today forces Brazilian blowout products to list their potentially hazardous materials on the label. It’s great news if you’re into staying away from hair products that contain possible carcinogens, bad news if you just want your hair silky and straight and prefer to be kept in the dark about what nasty things it could be doing to your health.
The new labels will inform users that formaldehyde gas is emitted during use, which has been proven in some cases to cause cancer. It’s not only unhealthy for women who use it on their own hair, but also for hairstylists who inhale the product when they use it on clients. Part of the settlement requires companies to hand out pamphlets to salons on how to stay safe while using the stuff.
OK. Can we just accept our curly hair already and stop using this junk? Read more…
Good luck getting your hair straightened via Brazilian Blowout after next week — the Food and Drug Administration has come down hardcore on the hair straightening company for the high amount of formaldehyde found in its product. According to the FDA, the amount of formaldehyde found in Brazilian Blowout and similar hair straightening treatments is considered dangerous when inhaled and both salon workers and customers have complained of a variety of ailments related to the product’s use. Keep reading »
After months of public backlash and legal scrutiny, the makers of the popular Brazilian Blowout are fighting back against allegations that their hair-straightening serum contains formaldehyde. Read more … Keep reading »
We’ve been hearing about the warnings of formaldehyde in Brazilian Blowout treatments for a few months now, but this New York Times article really caused us to question if we’d ever do the beauty treatment again. Increasingly, salon owners are setting up ventilation rooms or having their employees and customers wear masks to avoid inhaling fumes, which is a pretty good indication that you’re getting exposed to serious chemicals. Further, it’s very vague and ambiguous at the moment as to whether the amount of formaldehyde in Brazilian Blowouts is harmful (you’ll hear several different assertions). It makes us think that if you can’t get an answer, best to just avoid it altogether. One more thing to note: you should also be careful about any other Keratin products or Keratin-related treatments, as these have been found to contain carcinogens as well. Do your research; ask questions; check your labels! [New York Times] Keep reading »