Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Brazilian Blowout: HAZARD! STOP NOW!

Today the FDA issued a statement warning against the use of the "Brazilian Blowout" treatment that is used to temporarily straighten kinky curly hair. When this product first hit the market I was hesitant to try it for a number of reasons 1. I thought it would permanently straighten my hair. 2. I thought that my hair would fall out. 3. Cost- $250--really? One of my very good friends has tried the Brazilian Blowout and continues to use it despite all of my objections. Recently the FDA, released a statement regarding this product because of its high level of the carcinogen Formaldehyde. 

FDA analysis found that the ingredient list of this product was misbranded (meaning not all ingredients in the product were listed) and tested the product for Formaldehyde. It was found that the product contained 8.7 to 10.4 percent of methylene glycol which can be highly dangerous at a level above 0.1 percent. 

Salon stylists and customers experienced symptoms such as: chest pain, eye irritation, blurred vision, headaches, fainting and wheezing.

It is a shame to know that manufacturers will withhold critical information from consumers just to make a buck. What are your thoughts on this story? Have you tried the Brazilian Blowout?

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