BRAZILLIAN BLOWOUT: Revolutionary or just plain dangerous?

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I’m sure all the Naturals out there know about relaxers but have you heard about this Brazilian Blowout?  Only recently have I heard there was a buzz swirling around about this so I felt it was a good idea to discuss it.


I get the belief that some Naturals hold regarding ANY discussions on chemical altering techniques or procedures as taboo, but to me…Hair Education is just that…..Hair Education.  How can you make informed decisions on what to do with your hair if you don’t know anything?


“The BRAZILIAN BLOWOUT is the most innovative and effective professional smoothing treatment in the WORLD! Through the use of a Brazilian Super Nutrient Complex and a proprietary polymer system, the Brazilian Blowout actually improves the condition of the hair by creating a protective protein layer around the hair shaft to eliminate frizz and smooth the cuticle. The end result is smooth, healthy, frizz-free hair with radiant shine! What makes us different? The ONLY Professional Smoothing Treatment that improves the health of the hair. No Damage! Entire treatment completed in just 90 minutes! No down time! The minute you leave the salon, you can wash and air dry your hair, and it will be smooth, frizz-free and radiant! Results last up to 12 weeks. Leaves hair smooth and frizz-free WITHOUT harsh chemicals. Acai aftercare products ensure longest lasting results.” (ORIGIN)


CONTAINS NO FORMALDEHYDE!! (ORIGIN)



Despite these claims from the Brazilian Blowout website professing how safe it is as well as it improving the condition of  hair, the FDA has had complaints from state and local organizations that originated from Hair Salons.  The complaints were primarily:


Eye irritation
Breathing problems
Headaches


Formaldehyde is a colorless, flammable, strong-smelling chemical that is used in building materials and to produce many household products.  In addition, formaldehyde is commonly used as an industrial fungicide, germicide, and disinfectant, and as a preservative in mortuaries and medical laboratories. Formaldehyde also occurs naturally in the environment. It is produced in small amounts by most living organisms as part of normal metabolic processes.  (ORIGIN)




 There have been tests taken from Canadian Health officials as well as OSHA.  Both found traces of Formaldehyde.  Brazilian Blowout has fought back standing behind their claims of no Formaldehyde in their product. Nonetheless, it appears neither side is backing down on their findings and/or claims


What does this mean for the women interested in this product?  I say stay the hell away from it.  Some may say I’m biased since I’m a Natural and don’t even like relaxers but this sounds dangerous and I truly find the claims of it actually helping the hair far fetched!  This procedure just may be too NEW.  It may take years before the harmful results can be undeniably proven.  Meanwhile more women could be harmed by this procedure and not just the clients but the salon workers as well.  Sad and scary.

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