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FDA Warns Brazilian Blowout Unsafe To Use

FDA warns Brazilian Blowout unsafe to use, because it contains formaldehyde, at levels which are not acceptable. However, the products do a good job of straightening hair.
FDA warns Brazilian Blowout unsafe to use, because it contains formaldehyde, at levels which are not acceptable. However, the products do a good job of straightening hair.

The United States Food and Drug Administration, FDA, has sent a warning letter to the makers of Brazilian Blowout which is a popular hair straightening product, saying that the smoothing solutions contain formaldehyde which has been linked to illness in customers and salon workers.

Analysis by the FDA found levels of liquid formaldehyde (methylene glycol) which ranged from 8.7 per cent to 10.4 per cent in the samples which were tested, well above the levels of 0.1 per cent for which an occupational hazard alert is needed according to the regulations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA.

In June of this year, 2011, formaldehyde was said to be “known to be a human carcinogen”, that is it can cause cancer, according to the U.S. National Toxicology Program.

The labels on the Brazilian Blowout products say that they are free of formaldehyde. Exposure to the formaldehyde is likely to be through inhalation, especially if heat is used with the products. Some customers and salon owners have complained of symptoms of watery eyes, blurred vision and headaches, and fainting with others complaining of wheezing and chest pain.

Many customers are unwilling to give up the products because they are so successful at straightening hair, leaving it smooth for 2 to three months.

The company has said that they are working with the FDA over this issue. The FDA says “Formaldehyde, commonly found in a number of ‘Brazilian style’ keratin-based hair straighteners, is extremely dangerous and a known carcinogen.”

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