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The salon brand Brazilian Blowout is back in the hot seat again. Three congressional representatives sent a letter of censure to the Food and Drug Administration on their lack of reprimand for formaldehyde complaints in the brand's hair-straightening treatments. You might recall that Brazilian Blowout came under scrutiny in 2010 for having formaldehyde levels far over the health standards. For hairstylists and consumers, the toxic chemical could cause adverse effects including cancer.
In February of this year, the brand agreed to place hazard warnings on the products where safety was suspect due to a California lawsuit. But the formulation has not changed. Now Congress is hankering for a more severe investigation of formaldehyde in the beauty industry. The first name on the list is . . . Brazilian Blowout. The products in question are already banned in Canada, Ireland, and Australia. And it seems the FDA might be forced to give more than a meager warning letter and slight slap on the wrist this time around.
As a part of the deal, the makers of Brazilian Blowout have agreed to label the aforementioned product with hazard warnings (a process which they have already started), and will also provide salons with pamphlets containing safety precaution information. See more of the outcome when you read more.
During the May 2 hearing, the judge will decide whether the injunction will be signed, modified, or declined. In part, it states: "[Brazilian Blowout's] Smoothing Solution contains approximately eight percent formaldehyde by weight, which is in the range typical of embalming fluid used by funeral homes." See what Brazilian Blowout has to say when you read more.
Everyone from the state of California to Cosmetologists Chicago has chimed in since then. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review is holding a panel to discuss the issue in the next few weeks. The makers of Brazilian Blowout, however, claim the testing methods were flawed. We're guessing this issue won't be straightened out before 2011.
This comes after a recent study by Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OR-OSHA) found that the formaldehyde levels in the product averaged at 8.68 percent. OSHA standards dictate that solutions with a formaldehyde content of greater than 0.1 percent must be listed as an ingredient. Brazilian Blowout, however, proudly declares that its product "contains no formaldehyde." To see more about the controversy, just keep reading.
Not so, though, according to today's New York Times. Instead of getting rid of the treatments, some salons have just moved them out into the open air to reduce fumes (no word on how that'll work when it snows in New York). One salon has even gone so far as to have its employees and clients wear gas-mask-like respirators while the procedure is going on.
Most of you said you would not try the treatment, but if these types of precautions were taken, would you reconsider?
File this under "bad hair news." The Brazilian Blowout, a popular hair-straightening treatment, has been found to contain formaldehyde, a known carcinogen. After stylists at Portland-area salons complained of symptoms such as nosebleeds and difficulty breathing, Oregon state officials tested the formulations in question. Even those advertised as formaldehyde-free contained from 4.85 percent to 10.6 percent formaldehyde. (Brazilian Blowout has released a statement.) We've long been wary of straightening treatments because of possible health risks, and this news is just one more reason we'll stick with the styling iron for now.