Watch out for Brazilian Blowout!!!!

I posted this in another thread but my experience was so awful I din't want this info to get lost there.

So this is a repeat.

I had the Coppola method done in May and my hair was incredible like everyone says. I went back last week for another treatment. As the person put the lotion on my head my scalp started burning. I kept commenting on it and she told me that she was using the Brazilian Blow-out not Coppola.

Well the upshot is that 5 days later my scalp is still burning, it hurts to touch, I've developed a cough, my lungs hurt and about 30% of the hair from the crown of my head is gone.

I now have thin flat hair that looks horrible -- I look like a drowned rat. I am so furious. I would never have permitted them to use a different product without my researching it thoroughly. There is enough information on the web to let me know I would never have permitted this.

I am an attorney and I would sue their a**es off if it weren't for the fact that my hair stylist is at that salon and I have been with him for 15 years following from Salon to Salon. He is incredible, people come from more than 100 miles away just to have him cut their hair.

I hope there was no permanent damage to my follicles and that the hair will grow in. It will probably take 3 or more months before my hair even begins to look respectable.

But I look absolutely awful and my hair used to be one of my nicest assets.

Brazilian Blowout still has a derivative of of formaldehyde in it just to get around the laws.

Here is a description of its dangers:

Brazilian Blow-out is not Formaldehyde free; it contains Glutaraldehyde which is a colorless liquid with a pungent odor used to disinfect medical and dental equipment. It is also used for industrial water treatment and as a chemical preservative.

However, it is toxic, causing severe eye, nose, throat and lung irritation, along with headaches, drowsiness and dizziness. It is a main source of occupational asthma among health care providers.

Glutaraldehyde is an oily liquid at room temperature (density 1.06 g/mL), and miscible with water, alcohol, and benzene. It is used as a tissue fixative in electron microscopy. It is employed as an embalming fluid, is a component of leather tanning solutions, and occurs as an intermediate in the production of certain industrial chemicals.

Glutaraldehyde is frequently used in biochemistry applications as an amine-reactive homobifunctional crosslinker. The oligomeric state of proteins can be examined through this application.

Monomeric glutaraldehyde can polymerize by aldol condensation reaction yielding alpha,beta-unsaturated poly-glutaraldehyde. This reaction usually occurs at alkaline pH values.

Brazilian Blow-out's claims of being formaldehyde free is very misleading especially if somebody is allergic to formaldehyde or has asthma
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Hmmm, maybe there is a class-action suit against Brazilian Blow-out here.

Last edited by Justitia; 08-11-2009 at 10:26 PM. Reason: typo in product name jn title
That is awful! It sounds like they did the Brazilian Keratin Treatment and not the Blowout. I thought the Brazilian Blowout was a formeldehyde free process that eventually wore off?

I had a stylist fry my hair last year using Redken Str8 (spelling?) and I lost about 50% on the crown to breakage. She did the process differently that time because she said the product had changed somewhat. I haven't done a thing to it since last Sept. out of pure fear. I am a 3b so my virgin hair is only down to about the tip of my nose when straight. The rest of my hair is to my shoulders and the texture is so different that I can only leave the house with flat ironed hair (which is a frizz ball most of the year in FLA) or completely pinned up. I think I have a year of growing before I can go curly. Otherwise I have a freaky mullet.

I started coming to this site to review other straighteners and maybe even go back to curly. Sorry to hear about your experience. The salon should really make it right for you, although I had NO luck in that dept. Have you approached them about a refund?
I posted this in another thread but my experience was so awful I din't want this info to get lost there.

So this is a repeat.

I had the Coppola method done in May and my hair was incredible like everyone says. I went back last week for another treatment. As the person put the lotion on my head my scalp started burning. I kept commenting on it and she told me that she was using the Brazilian Blow-out not Coppola.

Well the upshot is that 5 days later my scalp is still burning, it hurts to touch, I've developed a cough, my lungs hurt and about 30% of the hair from the crown of my head is gone.

I now have thin flat hair that looks horrible -- I look like a drowned rat. I am so furious. I would never have permitted them to use a different product without my researching it thoroughly. There is enough information on the web to let me know I would never have permitted this.

I am an attorney and I would sue their a**es off if it weren't for the fact that my hair stylist is at that salon and I have been with him for 15 years following from Salon to Salon. He is incredible, people come from more than 100 miles away just to have him cut their hair.

I hope there was no permanent damage to my follicles and that the hair will grow in. It will probably take 3 or more months before my hair even begins to look respectable.

But I look absolutely awful and my hair used to be one of my nicest assets.

Brazilian Blowout still has a derivative of of formaldehyde in it just to get around the laws.

Here is a description of its dangers:

Brazilian Blow-out is not Formaldehyde free; it contains Glutaraldehyde which is a colorless liquid with a pungent odor used to disinfect medical and dental equipment. It is also used for industrial water treatment and as a chemical preservative.

However, it is toxic, causing severe eye, nose, throat and lung irritation, along with headaches, drowsiness and dizziness. It is a main source of occupational asthma among health care providers.

Glutaraldehyde is an oily liquid at room temperature (density 1.06 g/mL), and miscible with water, alcohol, and benzene. It is used as a tissue fixative in electron microscopy. It is employed as an embalming fluid, is a component of leather tanning solutions, and occurs as an intermediate in the production of certain industrial chemicals.

Glutaraldehyde is frequently used in biochemistry applications as an amine-reactive homobifunctional crosslinker. The oligomeric state of proteins can be examined through this application.

Monomeric glutaraldehyde can polymerize by aldol condensation reaction yielding alpha,beta-unsaturated poly-glutaraldehyde. This reaction usually occurs at alkaline pH values.

Brazilian Blow-out's claims of being formaldehyde free is very misleading especially if somebody is allergic to formaldehyde or has asthma
............................................

Hmmm, maybe there is a class-action suit against Brazilian Blow-out here.
Originally Posted by Justitia
I don't care how good your stylist is, you need to sue them! There are plenty of other good stylists in the world. If your stylist is a good person, he should understand that what they did was wrong...especially after he sees your hair. I don't think he would drop you as a client.
You say that your lungs hurt. You may have serious and/or permanent damage to your lungs. You should get checked out by a doctor. Ugh! Just reading what they did to you makes me so mad. The second the girl said she was using a different treatment, I would have made her stop.
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It doesn't matter how long you've known your hair stylist.
They should take responsibility for ruining your hair.
It will take you at least a year to grow out the mess they've done.
So many stylists just don't care about their clients, all they care about is making more money. They use inferior products and many dont even use a timer when doing delicate chemical treatments.

They should learn that they have a responsibility and if the make a mess they will have to answer for it.

Good luck in growing out your hair.
Meanwhile you can try using hair bands and pins to make it look better.

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Well further research reveals that the technician was not trained at all. I got hold of the training video at Brazilian Blowout and she did everything wrong -- and that was the cause of all the problems.

I detail my experience here: http://divaliciousblog.com/2009/07/2...her-brazilian/

Be sure to start from the bottom up on the thread to track the history.

But what bothers me is she was supposed to be certified -- Brazilian Blowout now certifies you if you say you watched their 5 minute video online. Apparently a year ago you had to take a day long class which included well-supervised hands on experience with 3 different models.

I am still suffering side-effects -- now my scalp is flaking off. But I have to say, my hair is quite pretty and people have paid me compliments quite spontaneously. But the lung pain and coughing are now gone.

However, I would do it again. I believe she put way too much product on and that exposed me to way too much of the fumes. After further research and looking at my hair, I am convinced Brazilian Blowout is a better product than Coppola and certainly more convenient-- but I am going to make sure that I have checked out the technician thoroughly.

Last edited by Justitia; 08-18-2009 at 12:54 PM.
I am confused and concerned about the new braziilian blow out because there ingredients are so vague.
What are the softening agents?Something Blend????
Blend of what???How is this legally possible ?
Other companys list there ingredients and then let the consumers and the hair dressers decide if that's what they want to do.They also have warnings of possible dangers.I think because of all the controversy on this treatment more info should be given to the clients and hair dressers.They are changing the products constantly.What are the cumalitive effects for hair dressers and clients?Why do some sell masks to wear with there kits?
first it was formaldahyde free
then aldahyde instead of formaldahyde
which is stil an organic form of formaldahyde
then they say its formaldahyde but replace it with Ether
now Softening Agents ANd WHat???
now there's glutaraldehyde??looks pretty toxic to the lungs and eyes if you look it up?
Very frustrated and need to know more info.
are they just trying different marketing strategies or is it really different?

And is this new one that Nicole Richie and other Celebs
endorsing really safe for the operators who preform them on a daily bases?
i don't quite get the difference between the blowout and the keratin treatment?
i just heard ythat if the product has less then 2% formaldahyde the companies do not even have to list the ingredient?So if you have an allergic reaction to the stuff
they the hair dressers might not even know what is really in the product?
This seems deceitful and misleading to say the product is all fruits roots and oil and nothing else???
how about the 2% formaldahye?
In response to the warning of the Brazilian Blowout, when I read your warning and your terrible experiance, I know why you had such a problem. If you watch the training video of the Brazilian Blowout on Youtube, you will see that they specifically DON'T want you to place the product ON the scalp. Maybe when your stylist used the new product instead of the Coppola he did not get certified nor watched the training video. Otherwise he would never have put it on your scalp. I hope this info helps but I have had the Brazilian and other Keratin blowouts and by far the Brazilian is the best I have had for my hair! I am sure you trust your stylist as I do, but make sure they are knowing exactly how to apply each type of these blowouts. In my experience each one seems to be just a little different than the other. I'm sure your hair will be fine considering that all of these products are not permamnent on the hair.
From what I unbderstand when reading more, the Brazilian Blowout does not carry the formalgahide and the Brazilian Keratin does. I read that the Brazilian Blowout is in its patant stage and cannot release everything in the product? But I also believe that if there is so little of any product and is less than 2% in the product than I do not feel it is misleading at all. Lets get real here, the product is amazing so I can't imagine any product being free of everything when it comes to something like smoothing the hair. I don't think my stylist misled me at all or is hiding anything whatsoever. I trust her judgement and that is what it boils down to...do you trust your stylist? Are you happy with the way your hair is? If yes then be happy and don't sweat the small stuff.
Scary stuff. I'll stick to the old round brush and hair dryer those days when I feel the urge to go straight, otherwise I'm leaving my hair in peace. See, I have no hair now as a result of screwing around, trying to find a cheaper alternative to Coppola. See My Hair Is Gone thread. Oh, and see my avatar.

I'm disgusted that our culture has so venerated straight hair in the few decades that we're willing to pay ridiculous amounts of money and risk permanent damage to our scalps and the rest of our bodies trying to get straight hair. It was hard enough living through the Marcia Brady craze when I was a child.

If your stylist has moved around that much, perhaps he'll move again soon and you'll feel comfortable filing suit. I'm glad the cough has gone, but what if you have some sort of permanent damage that doesn't reveal itself for a few decades?
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Oh God. That's horrible! I'm scared now. I wanted to get the Brazilian Keratin Treatment done...

However, he did the Brazilian Blow Out? So is the Keratin on safe?
Does anyone know the INGREDIENTS of this “Brazilian Blow Out” product? => (http://brazilianblowout.com/pro-treatment) Because, like all other companies claiming to be different/better than the traditional Brazilian straightening treatment, they have neglected to post their ingredients. They claim it doesn't contain "Harsh Chemicals" but I'll bet a million bucks that this product contains formaldehyde,or a form of formaldehyde like BIFORMYL or something.

How can you trust a company or it's product when they purposely avoid listing the ingredients. You have to buy the damn product & read the label to see whats in it. To the person who said the company that makes "Brazilian Blow Out" can't list their ingredients due to it currently being in the patent process. BULLSH@!T ! They are being deceitful, that's all that is.

As for the people commenting claiming certain brand names that don't have formaldehyde in it & others that do....ALL BRAZILIAN & KERATIN STRAIGHTENING TREATMENTS HAVE A FORM OF FORMALDEHYDE IN them. Period....If they didn't, they wouldn't be "Brazilian Straightening/Keratin Treatments", formaldehyde is what relaxes the hair. See, these companies got people thinking that “Keratin” (which is nothing more than a protein) is the main active ingredient in these treatments AND the ingredient responsible for the straightening effects. WRONG! When #1) There is very little keratin put in those products so they can LEGALLY call it a keratin treatment…and #2) Keratin doesn’t do squat for the hair as far as straightening is concerned. Don’t make the mistake of thinking protein is ALL GOOD for hair. Protein overload can actually break the hair & protein treatments shouldn’t be regularly used on HEALTHY hair which is already sufficient in protein. Ever heard of “Aphogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor”? It’s a keratin/protein treatment, an intensive treatment for damaged hair to be used only evey 6 weeks. If used more than that it will BREAK the hair.


ABOUT FORMALDEHYDE
Small amounts of formaldehyde are present all around us, it occurs naturally and is found in many man-made products. Formaldehyde used in manufactured products breaks down slowly under normal circumstances and is not rapidly released into the environment.However, heat and moderate humidity levels hastens the breakdown and release of the chemical.Since formaldehyde can bond and stick around awhile, meaning it would be hard to wash out in a few shampoos, there are concerns the chemical could accumulate on the hair over time and would be re-released with each wash and dry.

So, long-term use of this straightening method would also mean long-term exposure and accumulation of formaldehyde on the hair.

SOME of The Effects Of Formaldehyde:
1.)Some people are naturally highly sensitive to formaldehyde (like Justitia), others may not be as sensitive but over time develop an allergy to it. It's in the chemical's make up to stir the immune system and cause sensitivity.

2.) Runny nose, sore throat, headache, itching, rash and irritated eyes can occur with low levels of exposure.

3.) It is also a known carcinogen, and smokers in particular are at a greater risk for cancers of the airways, including nasal passages when they are exposed to formaldehyde.


MORE SCARY FORMALDEHYDE FACTS => http://prohousedr.com/formfact.htm

I’m also wondering what the legal repercussions would be if any of these company’s products tested positive for formaldehyde by a law enforcement agency. I know for fact that you have to be LICENSED to buy & use this chemical (or forms of it) and the specific use for the specific business type must be documented. Formaldehyde is highly regulated in some states, if not all, because it is also used in the manufacture of certain narcotics. Formaldehyde IS NOT to be used for human consumption…PERIOD. I guess these companies have found a loop-hole to get away with using straight formaldehyde or diluted forms of formaldehyde in their products. Either way , I’m staying away from ALL of them
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TO Justitia: You need to SUE the owner of that salon & the tech who did the treatment, stop being concerned about holding on to your long-time stylist who works there. According to you: You don’t have anymore hair to style anyway PLUS your health was put at risk. Does your stylist even care about any of this? Did he threaten to drop you as a client if you sue? Girl, pah-lees…..They’re laughin at you right now, calling you “Patches Malone” and you wanna play “nice”. SUE THERE ASSES & STOP BS’ing with yourself. They’re just going to continue to fry folks heads in that salon until someone stops them.
I have read the MSDS (material safety data sheets) on BB because I am a stylist, and a mom, who would not work with chemicals. There are no products that have any harsh chemicals. You can call BB and tell them who your stylist is, and they can tell you the truth. The Proprietary Polymer Blend and the Brazilian super nutrient complex are all free of harsh chemicals. period. The only reason they are not telling anyone is they have'nt patented it yet; but I can assure you its safe. If you have questions you can e-mail me at jennybgood101@yahoo.com. I guarantee it is 100% safe. Unfortunately, not all stylists have as much integrity as others..in this economy, know who you are working with. On the note of the cost...I did not see anyone that has had a proper treatment done complain about the price. It can take up to four hours in the salon. The products are expensive, but they are the best in the frizz world, and they are specifically formulated to lengthen and enhance your service. The products do not make stylists alot of money...its more to give your client more bang for thier buck....i have been a stylist for ten years, and I've never seen better stuff on the market...you know you will spend close to that on other salon products, so get what goes with the treatment..Alot of questions can be answered on the web there are a few I would ask my stylist: like whats in this???They should know. I do. Thanks I will help if I can...Jennifer Vanity Hair Studio Portsmouth, NH..40 min. from Boston.
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It doesn't sound you had the Brazilian Blowout. Are you sure that's what your stylist used?

I had the Brazilian Blowout and didn't have any of those issues. The entire process, from start to finish, wasn't even 2 hours for me and I have longish hair. And it didn't have a strong chemical smell at all. I've had other chemical services - straighteners, color, etc. - and this was incredibly gentle compared to them. I was a true cynic and was prepared to be unhappy because I have been in the past with chemical treatments, and it was a pleasant surprised. I get so many positive comments and will do it again.

So that was my experience, for whatever it's worth. You can email me if you have any more questions.

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Maybe one of the most important issues here is to make sure you are well informed before this procedure and that you are going to a well trained stylist. I had the BB and I never smelled any odor at all. My stylist is highly trained, always attending all seminars on all the latest treatments. If you are unsure of your stylist do not do this treatment. Also my salon is known for using only natural products and treatments. I never had a problem and my hair turned out beautiful. All frizziness gone and very soft and manageable. Something must have gone wrong with your treatment. I hope they at least refunded your money and are helping you with further treatments to get your hair back to normal.
Michelle,

Is the Brazilian Blowout aka the 90 minute Wash n Wear Keratin treatment? Is that what you had done? I am interested in trying this treatment that just came to a salon by me in Philadelphia but am a bit hesitant after reading some of the horror stories on here.

Any information you can offer would be appreciated. I have 2a/b hair. Not only am I nervous about hair loss but I am also wondering if this will make my somewhat fine hair completely lifeless,thanks!
I had the bb and I experienced the strong odor, enough to make my eyes and nose run during the process. I also developed a rash on my neck and around my hairline. The hair is beautiful and I definitely wanted a change but I'm confused about the fact that some of us are experiencing the odor and some of us aren't.
I had the keratin tx exactly one year ago and my curls are still not back!
Plus, I saw where one of the posts said that there is no distinction between new growth and hair that was already there, hah! NOT true. You can clearly see my new curl growth, the rest is mostly wavy now, and some is still straight, mostly near the ends.
It has been scary and frustrating. I wish I never had the tx done. The stylist claimed it would last 3-4 months. I am afraid it's going to take another year for all of my curls to return. I just want other women to know what they are getting into with this stuff. And yes it does burn your eyes and throat, esp when blow drying or straight ironing, which I had to do after the tx to get it really striaght. If I didn't it would just be wierd, confused hair. Then since I had to do all that, it kept braking, splitting, and falling out! Use lots of conditioner! My hair is (was) 3b.
I have had the BB done 4x in one year. I am a sucker and I believed my stylist when she said that I should get it every three to four months. Now my 3b/c hair is limp and wavy while I have curly roots.

I don't think I will ever do this again, or at least not for a very long time. I think that the procedure is great for women with frizzy/wavy hair, but not the best for women with real curls.

Oh, well, I guess I will have to be a slave to the flat iron for a while until I can cut some of this stuff off.

Be forewarned. While this is not like the Japanese Straightening, it is cumulative and will make your hair very straight.

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