Brazilian Blowout Busted

Contrary to the LIES and propaganda that the BRAZILIAN BLOWOUT company continues to spread about its product, here are the hard facts and test results that shows BRAZILIAN BLOWOUT CONTAINS HIGH LEVELS OF FORMALDEHYDE.
Emerging Issues and Alerts

Salon Hair Product (September 16, 2010)
The Problem
CROET was contacted by a salon based in Portland, Oregon, regarding a product used in their salon that had caused difficulty breathing, nose bleeds and eye irritation in stylists using the product as directed. The salon discontinued the use of the product, due to these adverse effects. The product, named Brazilian Blowout Solution, is used as a hair straightener and is heated with flat irons during the treatment process. The material safety data sheet accompanying the product listed no hazardous ingredients or impurities. No chemical ingredients label appears on the container. This specific product was shipped on 8/31/2009 from Brazilian Blowout and is described as “34 oz/1-Liter Brazilian Blowout Solution.”
Findings
CROET requested consultative services through Oregon OSHA to chemically analyze this product. The original container was delivered to Oregon OSHA for analysis. Test results demonstrated that the product contains 4.85% formaldehyde. The product also was found to contain methanol, ethanol, beta hydroxyl ethyl methacrylate, and hexadecanol.

Formaldehyde is classified as a probable human carcinogen and mutagen. Formaldehyde is also corrosive and can severely irritate or damage the skin, mouth, eyes and throat. Formaldehyde may cause a skin allergy and an asthma-like allergy. Employers who expose employees to this chemical are subject to the OSHA Formaldehyde Standard requiring training, air monitoring, personal protective equipment to prevent exposure, and in some cases, medical surveillance. OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard also requires any employer with employees working with hazardous materials to provide effective training and accurate material safety data sheets to identify hazardous materials and how to prevent exposure. If a product contains more than 0.1% formaldehyde, OSHA requires the manufacturer to list it on the material safety data sheet.

CROET is awaiting analytical results for a product named Acai Professional Smoothing Solution (formaldehyde free) originally shipped by Brazilian Blowout on 8/12/2010. We will report on the analytical finding for this sample as we receive it.
Recommendation
CROET is requesting that OSHA investigate why material safety data sheets accompanying this product do not identify the hazardous constituents. CROET recommends salons using this product to contact the manufacturer to request material safety data sheets that accurately identify any hazardous ingredients, and consider evaluating less toxic alternatives. CROET recommends that consumers become informed about the possible toxicities of the salon services they are requesting, and learn about healthier alternatives.
Could you please provide a link to where you obtained the info? It would be good to know the source/documentation/provenance/etc.

I've been suspicious all along due to them refusing to list ingredients. I won't use any stuff that won't list ingredients. Period. Legally, I don't believe any product applied to the human body should be allowed to be sold unless there is a list of ingredients.
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Okay, I did some web searching until I found it:

http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/research/cent...and-alerts.cfm


Info on CROET: http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/research/cent...bout/index.cfm


I recommend for anyone with scientific info on products/services, to PLEASE post the source/authority, cause anyone out there in internet-land could post an article in a forum or post and say it's legit--and it necessarily is NOT.

I hope that BB rep who insisted there is no formaldehyde publicly, including here on CurlTalk, gets her lying butt sued up every which way and has to issue an apology on her website! Some nerve.

But the truth is that folks who want straight hair or no frizz are gonna do it, formaldehyde or no formaldehyde. Beauty trumps toxins....almost always will...Shoot...I'm addicted to vaseline, which is probably not the best thing to slather on my mouth every night...for years...
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Last edited by MirCurls; 09-18-2010 at 12:55 AM.
I don't know about anything a bb rep said here in the past, but they currently do admit that their previous formulation contained formaldehyde. That was changed in April 2010 to an aldehyde-free formula, so the tested bottle was the previous formula (shipped August 2009). It's saddening that a company would put out something with such a high (and unquestionably unsafe) level of formaldehyde, though.

I have no doubts whatsoever that the change was made for marketing reasons, and not for concern of stylists and clients.

I am very curious to see what the results are from the testing of the current bottle, because I do so many of these (genuinely curious, because I have no desire to compromise mine or anybody else's health).

I do not work for bb in any capacity, but I am a stylist who performs the treatment. I do anywhere from three to eight of them a week (up to four a day for the past couple months), and I have had no ill effects whatsoever. My eyes don't tear or burn, my nose doesn't burn (unless I stick it in the solution bottle and take a big ol' whiff), my throat isn't sore or irritated. Everybody has their own tolerance level, but none of my clients have had any issues either, with the exception of the ones who have had lasik and they have all said their eyes are extremely sensitive to anything with fumes. There are fewer fumes with this treatment than when using high volume bleach or highlift colour. I work in a small space (160sf, one door) and don't need a fan or air purifier at all. My coworkers that work in similar sized spaces doing other keratin treatments that definitely do have aldehydes in them have fumes so strong that they have to use several fans and purifiers but you can still smell it from 50+ feet away. The new bb solution is definitely nothing like those, and also gives somewhat different results- not as straight on some hair types, doesn't last as long.


ETA: I know this probably looks suspect because it's my first post here, but I haven't had anything I felt was worth adding before. I've been doing a lot of lurking and reading for a long time, though. I've learned way more about curly hair on these forums than in all of my advanced education and working with clients in the past 15 years.

Last edited by m_and_m; 09-22-2010 at 07:53 PM. Reason: Added info
The results are in:

http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/research/cent...and-alerts.cfm
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This came from a university! Not the official Osha! I'm not saying it's not true but I'm sick of all the untruths!
No matter how many studies are done on the keratin products, they're going to contain some % of formaldehyde.
I got the treatment done not to long ago, but I read about an air purifying system prior to getting the process done. Check it out here: http://http://www.aerovexsystems.com/chemical-source-capture-system-hair-salons/

I had none of the side effects that I've heard people experienced once undergoing the process. If any of you are thinking about this treatment, I suggest encouraging your salons to install this equipment. Especially with all the health hazards surrounding the process, I'd rather have good health than good hair. But I have both now, so I want to spread the word.
Originally Posted by ihearthair

"Good hair" is such a loaded statement. Curly hair is not bad hair. Hair with some frizz is not bad hair. It's simply hair. My hair doesn't have BB treatment on it, and I consider my hair good hair. Meaning I take are of it and it has been cut to have some shape and it's not breaking off/damaged looking.

My hair was good when it was blown-out straighter. And it's good now that I let it curl.

Moral judgments about hair texture can be quite socially oppressive to a segment of our population, ya know?

Textured hair is not bad.

I would think we'd have learned that on this site.
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I got the blowout about 2 1/2 weeks ago..sounds like the same thing everyone else got also, wash with the clarifying, then the application then dry then a rinse then a blow dry again. My hair is normally wavy........mid back length........and I love it SOFT! I rarely blow dry it and only straighten it with a flat iron about once a week.
They didnt have the correct shampoo but she gave me another to try..I called her a few days after to tell her I wasnt happy, not soft enough on the ends, she said for me to use some olive oil and sleep with it in then to wash it out....HMMMM I didnt really like that answer. Since I spent so much, I didnt think I needed to do ANYTHINg especially after one week.

So I stopped by, she said she can see the product on my hair, but does see that the ends are not as soft, so she gave me the correct shampoo to use, it has made a difference but its still frizzy, well as frizzy and my straight hair can be. But I can get it this soft with conditioner, so im not really seeing any benefits. Right now its just a waste of money to me!

Im going by today to have her look at it 2 1/2 weeks out....its almost like the product on the ends didnt get sealed correctly, should I ask for her to do it again or my money back??

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