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Blowout Bombshell: Formaldehyde found in popular Brazilian straightening treatment…

October 2, 2010

Cancer-causing carcinogen say WHAT!?

According to an official report recently released by Oregon’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration, those of you indulging in the insanely popular (and equally expensive) Brazilian Blowout hair straightening treatment may be getting a little more than you bargained for.  And by that I mean you could end up walking out of the salon with smooth, silky hair…and a side of leukemia.

Now by "avoid skin contact," do you mean don't put it on my head?

The Oregon OSHA claims the treatment contains anywhere between 8% and 10% formaldehyde.  For those of you who don’t know, formaldehyde is a chemical commonly used in laboratories as an embalming agent.  That jar of fluid Mr. Frog was floating around in during Biology?  That was formaldehyde.  So basically- not good news.

Brazilian Blowout Inc. has since released a statement rebutting the administrations findings.  They argue that because the sample was taken from a randomly selected salon and not submitted directly by the company itself, it violates proper testing protocol.  The question is: Is the product test more or less reliable because of how the sample was acquired?

Until further studies are conducted, I recommend erring on the side of caution.  Some keratin straightening treatments also contain cousin chemicals of formaldehyde (in concentrations of .02 and above), so be selective in your brand choice.  Global Keratin is one company that offers a formaldehyde-free option.  Check with your salon and request to see the ingredient list on the back of the product.  If you see the suffix “-hyde” anywhere on that list, be aware of the possibly health-hazardous implications.  Because having pretty hair is fun; having cancer is less so…

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