FDA to Ban Brazilian Blowouts?

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If you’re one of the many women who has enjoyed getting a Brazilian Blowout at your local salon, you’re kind of out of luck now – as of today, the products used for the procedure will likely be seized by the FDA, who previously reported that the products contain dangerous levels of formaldehyde – which can cause sore throat, skin irritation, headaches, chest pain, and rashes. The levels of formaldehyde found in the products rival those typically used in funeral embalming.

The company was given until mid-September to address the violations cited  by the FDA – that the product’s label falsely declares it “Formaldehyde Free” when in actuality, contains 8.7-10.4% —decidedly NOT formaldehyde free.  The Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel only considers a percentage of 0.2% to be safe.

Formaldehyde is used in the product to help keratin bind to hair, which straightens the hair. Formaldehyde is released when hair treated with Brazilian Blowout is heated with a blow dryer and flat iron, but exposure to the chemical can be harmful to both salon workers and the clients receiving the treatment.

Still, the makers of the product maintain that their product isn’t unsafe. Brazilian Blowout’s CEO, Mike Brady, said, “We have been tested countless times by OSHA, and we have never exceeded a safety standard ever. In our continued effort to clear up misinformation about the Brazilian Blowout, we are delighted to be working with the FDA in demonstrating that [it] complies with both state and federal guidelines.”

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