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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  The salons all had outdated versions of Brazilian Blowout's literature and bottles, which said "formaldehyde free."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.

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US Declares Styrene, Formaldehyde Carcinogens

Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The federal government on Friday declared styrene, a widely used chemical, "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen."

Styrene is used to make white foam coffee cups and food containers, and it is also used in building materials.

Formaldehyde, a chemical used to preserve lab specimens, among other uses, was also designated as a cancer causing agent.

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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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