Brazilian Blowouts have been all the rage in salons nationwide. The intense smoothing treatment promises to improve the health of the hair by coating the cuticle in protein, which eliminates frizz and leaves our tresses luxuriously shiny. On their website, the company boasts several factors that supposedly set them apart from the rest: the products are non-damaging and contain no harsh chemicals, the treatment is quick and can be completed in just 90 minutes, results are immediate and last for up to 12 weeks, and they claim that all products are Formaldehyde-Free.
Well, recent studies done by Oregon’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration have found that last claim to be untrue. After the FDA received complaints of adverse health effects caused during application of the Brazilian Blowout, chemists decided to test the products in the lab. Keep in mind, precautions are supposed to be taken when hair products contain even .1% Formaldehyde. The two samples taken from different salons in Oregon found that the smoothing solution did, in fact, contain about 8-10% of the carcinogen.
These findings are only the beginning, and more tests are being done to confirm the safety of the Brazilian Blowout. But for now, the effects seem to be most harmful for stylists who are at danger of being exposed to the cancer-causing chemicals so frequently throughout the day. There have been complaints of eye irritation, difficulty breathing, headaches, and even nose bleeds. Yet and still, the hair company continues to defend the quality of their products; their argument is that since the samples weren’t taken directly from the manufacturer, the findings cannot be deemed reliable or valid. We’ll keep you posted.