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Have you ever had a Brazilian Blowout?

Posted by on Sep. 12, 2011 at 1:28 PM
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I saw this in The Stir - Would you have one?

The Brazilian Blowout Might Kill You, but You’ll Die Pretty

Posted by Nicole Fabian-Weber
on September 12, 2011
 
straight hair
Well, it's a good thing the dog days of summer are behind us because the United States Food and Drug Administration just officially acknowledged that the Brazilian Blowout, a product/process that can make the unruliest of manes calm and frizz-free, is dangerous. Like, really dangerous. They haven't banned the Brazilian Blowout just yet, but they've given the makers of the product until, like, now to get their shit together before the line is pulled from store shelves altogether.

What's so dangerous about the product? Well, see, it kind of/sort of/totally contains a dangerously high level of liquid formaldehyde, known to cause nervous system disorders, chest pain, headaches, vomiting, and rashes. The FDA confirmed that some Brazilian Blowout samples contained up to 10.7 percent of the chemical. Time wrote that the Cosmetics Ingredient Review Expert Panel considered 0.2 percent to be a safe level.

... But it makes your hair look so pretty ...

I've had the Brazilian Blowout once or twice in my day, and let me tell you -- nothing -- and I mean nothing -- gives you silkier, smoother, unbelievably low-maintenance locks quite like it. The first time I had it done was last summer, and it was like a miracle had occurred. I left the salon and was literally caught in a rainstorm, and when I returned home, my hair was perfectly straight and in place. I'm not one of those girls, people! I'm one of those girls you'll find in a public restroom attempting to salvage my hair with a travel brush and a hand dryer after getting caught in a rainstorm. It was a glorious day!

Thing is, though, I (thought I) had done my research, and I definitely asked the salon if the treatment contained formaldehyde. And they definitely told me no. And they probably believed their lie because, see, the bottles of Brazilian Blowout actually say "No Formaldehyde" or "Formaldehyde Free." Which, coincidentally, is also why the FDA is saying that these products are "mislabeled." Oops.

So, what are we going to do about our frizzy hair next summer, ladies? (I'm operating under the assumption that the Brazilian Blowout people are not going to be able to get their act together, because the CEO, Mike Brady, seems to be in complete denial of there even being a problem.) Are we going to embrace them a la Diane von Furstenberg? Probably not. Are we going to just have to bite the bullet and don a bun all summer? Nope. We're going to flat iron the ever-living crap out of our hair until it basically falls out. Thanks a lot, Brazilian Blowout.

Have you ever had a Brazilian Blowout?

by on Sep. 12, 2011 at 1:28 PM
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karamille
by Silver Member on Sep. 12, 2011 at 10:22 PM

I will not allow this product in my salon.  Thousands of stylist have permanent lung damage from doing these treatments.  The fumes that come off of their hair are toxic.  Its not too big of a deal for the client since they only have it done once every few months, but for the stylist, they are subjected to the fumes day after day.  I had a client from brazil who was talking about how toxic these treatments were 12 years ago.  I knew then I wouldn't not offer this service.  I was not surpised at all when all these stylist started showing up with lung damage. 

celestegood
by Ruby Member on Sep. 13, 2011 at 9:40 AM

Nothing is worth the damage it could do to you & your stylist. 

karamille
by Silver Member on Sep. 13, 2011 at 1:53 PM

They are HIGHLY profitiable for the stylist so I understand the appeal to doing it, but your right celeste - its just not worth it.  I personally believe the problems go beyond just the formaldehyde since it typically doesn't cause the lung problems the industry is seeing. 

alyciajoseph
by Alycia on Sep. 13, 2011 at 3:31 PM
Never even heard of it.. I just use a flat iron almost everyday!!
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Sarah326
by Member on Sep. 13, 2011 at 3:44 PM

I have and totally regretted my decision. Even though I the bb I still needed to use a flat iron which ruined my hair.  I also agree with the others, it is highly toxic -  something I was not aware of when I got it.

razmataz426
by on Sep. 13, 2011 at 6:12 PM

 I had not heard of it until now. I'm just starting to learn about flat irons; I was shocked the other day when I heard some are temperature controlled and can get as hot as 450 degrees!

karamille
by Silver Member on Sep. 13, 2011 at 6:36 PM


Quoting razmataz426:

 I had not heard of it until now. I'm just starting to learn about flat irons; I was shocked the other day when I heard some are temperature controlled and can get as hot as 450 degrees!


You want one with a dial so you can keep it turned down lower than that.  :)  If it has a 1-10 dial, I recommend clients keeping it no higher than 6 unless they have extremely coarse hair. 

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celestegood
by Ruby Member on Sep. 14, 2011 at 9:23 AM

I so agree with you!

I just think it should be banned...I seriously would not want my stylist to be harmed just for frizz free hair for me.

Quoting karamille:

They are HIGHLY profitiable for the stylist so I understand the appeal to doing it, but your right celeste - its just not worth it.  I personally believe the problems go beyond just the formaldehyde since it typically doesn't cause the lung problems the industry is seeing. 


KymmLisa
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 11:05 AM

 Boy I'm glad I have straight, as a board, hair.  I always wanted curl, but not if I'd have to embalm myself to go straight again!

tina30218
by Tina on Sep. 14, 2011 at 11:49 AM

No I have never had one.

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