The Brazilian Blowout drama continues.
Using a seven-step procedure, the product promises to turn unruly, frizzy hair into silky, sleek locks in just 90 minutes. It also claims to be “formaldehyde free.”
I’ve tried it. It works…sorta. As in your hair looks sleek for roughly two months and then you have to do the whole thing again.
Last month, there was an uproar when Oregon’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration tested the Brazilian Blowout solution. That’s where OSHA found nearly 9% formaldehyde, the chemical known to cause cancer in humans.
Oh, and it’s also used to EMBALM people. Sexy!
“Formaldehyde is a hazardous chemical, it is dangerous,” stated OSHA Administrator Michael Wood. “There are specific steps employers need to take when they’re using it at their workplace.”
OSHA’s report says stylists complained of difficulty breathing, nose bleeds, and eye irritation.
Would you take chances in your salon with your clients, and with your own health? For now, many salons are choosing to stop providing Brazilian Blowout services altogether. For many, it’s a matter of a brand not telling the truth, as much as the dangerous aspect, I’d imagine.
But is even the most luxe of hair treatments worth potential risks to your health? I’d think not. What’s your input?