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Thursday
Mar012012

Brazilian Blowout Now Has Warning on Label

Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Five months ago, the federal government put out a hazard alert about the hair-smoothing treatment, Brazilian Blowout, warning that it contains liquid formaldehyde that can turn into formaldehyde gas when heated during a treatment.

But are salons up-to-date on the news that the product does, indeed, contain a form of formaldehyde?  ABC News visited 16 salons to find out.

Every salon said they had no safety concerns.  Twelve said the product contains very little formaldehyde, while four were not aware that it contained formaldehyde.  The salons all had outdated versions of Brazilian Blowout's literature and bottles, which said "formaldehyde free."

Now, the company's bottles of solution carry a warning label to alert stylists to the potential formaldehyde risk and the need to perform the treatment in a well-ventilated area.  The company says if the product is used as directed it is safe.

Brazilian Blowout isn't the only hair-smoothing treatment that contains formaldehyde.  According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, several other products contain the gas, or can expose you to it during use, even though they may not list formaldehyde on their labels. 

Click HERE to see a list of those products.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Sep082011

Brazilian 'Blowout' with U.S. FDA

Ralph Nau/Thinkstock edit Delete caption(WASHINGTON) - The makers of the Brazilian Blowout will have to smooth things out with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration if they want to keep selling their hair-straightening products.

In a letter to Mike Brady, chief executive officer of Brazilian Blowout maker GIB LLC, the agency warned that the smoothing solutions sold to salons nationwide contain the potentially dangerous and undisclosed chemical formaldehyde, which is a carcinogenic chemical.

The Aug. 22 warning letter is the latest wrinkle for Brazilian Blowout (GIB), whose products, touted as "formaldehyde-free," have prompted a string of lawsuits and hazard alerts.

"The bottom line is that formaldehyde can be released from hair-smoothing products that list any of these names on the label and workers can breathe it in or absorb it through their skin," the Occupational Health and Safety Administration warned in April 2011.

In a statement posted on its website, the company assured customers that it would work with the FDA to demonstrate that "the Brazilian Blowout complies with both state and federal guidelines."

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Friday
Oct082010

FDA Receives Complaints About Brazilian Blowout Product

Photo Caption -- ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Friday it has received complaints that Brazilian Blowout hair-straightening products have caused “eye irritation, breathing problems and headaches.”

“From our understanding of how this type of hair straightening product is used, there appears to be the possibility for formaldehyde to be released into the air after the product has been applied to the hair and heated,” the FDA reports.

Health Canada, the FDA’s apparently more competent cousin to the north, Thursday asked salons to stop using the products.

“Testing conducted by Health Canada found that the Brazilian Blowout Solution contains 12% formaldehyde,” the agency reported.

On Thursday, Sept. 30, The Oregon Health and Science University issued a public health alert about the product, in which it said two formulations of the product contained 4.85 percent to 10.6 percent formaldehyde.  If a hair treatment solution contains more than 0.1 percent formaldehyde, the manufacturer is required to alert the stylist.  Additional laboratory analysis also detected four additional chemicals in each sample that were not quantified in the lab, including methanol and ethanol.

Everyone is exposed to small amounts of formaldehyde in air and some foods and products.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says low levels of exposure can cause irritation of the skin, eyes, nose and throat.  High levels of exposure may cause some kinds of cancers, the CDC says.

The makers of Brazilian Blowout defended their product, saying they were conducting their own investigation. Because OSHA did not request samples directly from the company, Brazilian Blowout is questioning the results.

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Friday
Oct012010

Brazilian Blowout Hair-Straightening Product Under Fire

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- Word is spreading about a salon product that promises longer-lasting results. Some U.S. women are lining up to get the Brazilian Blowout, a pricey method of hair-straightening that has been used by Jennifer Aniston, Lindsay Lohan, Reese Witherspoon and other celebrities. But recent testing shows the trademarked products may pose serious safety risks, which the manufacturer has flatly denied.

When staffers at an Oregon hair salon complained of eye irritation, nose bleeds and difficulty breathing after they used the products, state officials tested them. Chemists at the Oregon Occupation Heath and Safety Administration and the Oregon Health and Science University's Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology tested a sample from the complaining salon and other salons in the area. They found the samples contained significant levels of formaldehyde, even though the product was labeled as formaldehyde-free.

The Oregon Health and Science University issued a public health alert Thursday about the product, in which it said two formulations of the product contained 4.85 percent to 10.6 percent formaldehyde. If a hair treatment solution contains more than 0.1 percent formaldehyde, the manufacturer is required to alert the stylist. Additional laboratory analysis also detected four additional chemicals in each sample that were not quantified in the lab, including methanol and ethanol.

Everyone is exposed to small amounts of formaldehyde in air and some foods and products. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says low levels of exposure can cause irritation of the skin, eyes, nose and throat. High levels of exposure may cause some kinds of cancers, the CDC says.

The makers of Brazilian Blowout defended their product, saying they were conducting their own investigation. Because OSHA did not request samples directly from the company, Brazilian Blowout is questioning the results. 

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