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Brazilian Blowout Found to Have Formaldehyde Galore

File this under "bad hair news." The Brazilian Blowout, a popular hair-straightening treatment, has been found to contain formaldehyde, a known carcinogen. After stylists at Portland-area salons complained of symptoms such as nosebleeds and difficulty breathing, Oregon state officials tested the formulations in question. Even those advertised as formaldehyde-free contained from 4.85 percent to 10.6 percent formaldehyde. (Brazilian Blowout has released a statement.) We've long been wary of straightening treatments because of possible health risks, and this news is just one more reason we'll stick with the styling iron for now.

Cassie15188580 Cassie15188580 3 years
Brazilian Blowout Kills. I am a 50 year old woman. Three years ago, I bought my new home, my fiancé and I were doing invitro, I was planning my wedding, and my life was incredibly amazing. I decided to get a Brazilian Blowout at a certified salon that GIB, the manufacturer of Brazilian Blowout, had recommended on their website. It just so happened that it was a salon I had been going to for 10 years. I had this amazing, beautiful, long, massive hair. I thought it would make my hair even shinier. All the literature stated that it had NO harsh chemicals and it would wash out. A week after getting the Brazilian Blowout treatment, I began getting horribly ill. My hair fell out, my teeth fell out, I got pancreatitis, intestinal damage, I became sterile overnight, and my DNA changed. I was in and out of emergency rooms and hospitals. I saw hundreds of doctors. Because of the false Material Data Sheets that GIB submitted to hospitals and FDA and other entities, I couldn't get medical help because the doctors kept saying it couldn't be the product. They told me that there was nothing harmful in the product to explain the severe illnesses I was going through. Last August, I settled a lawsuit with GIB, the manufacturer of Brazilian Blowout for damages. My medical bills have been in the millions. I now have to do blood exchanges (plasma phoresis) three times a week; a person can only this treatment if they are critical because it is an extremely risky procedure. I also do IVIG (immunology treatments via IV), blood transfusions, steroids, and many, many other drugs. My brain has now severely atrophied, I have parts of my brain that no longer have blood flow, my organs have shrunk, I have kidney, liver, intestinal, stomach, and pancreas failures, I have calcium deposits throughout my whole body that are causing severe blockage, my vascular (blood vessels) are collapsing, quickly losing my eyesight, my nose is collapsing, and my inner ears have shrunk and am losing my hearing. The pain in my head is excruciating. Sadly enough, I am dying, and will be the first person in the US to die from this treatment. (Someone already died several years ago in Brazil, and the product is prohibited in most countries. Since the Brazilian Blowout product came on the market hundreds of thousands of people got ill. (Just look at all of the FDA, workmen comp cases, medical facility reports, OSHA, and California State District Attorney case). The original product contained 5-7 times more formaldehyde than embalming solution. (When one drop of formaldehyde is released in a commercial or industrial setting, the business has to be shut down and authorities notified. The person in a commercial setting must wear a complete hazardous material suit to cover ever inch of their body.) Clients and salon workers are wearing no protective gear. The new round of Brazilian Blowout products have even more formaldehyde than the original products. (My attorney had the new products tested as well, and we forwarded them to the California State Deputy District Attorney, Claudia Polski. The product gets completely absorbed into the body via the head and via inhalation. I had my hair tested two months after the treatment, and I was still off-gassing levels of formaldehyde way above the legal limits. I had to shave off the rest of my hair. I looked like a GI Jane, but my father, Anthony Casamento, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, would have still thought I looked beautiful, and I was being a brave soldier. My fiance got a hole the size of a gunshot wound in his liver from sleeping with me and taking care of me. My little adopted doggie, Buddy, is also dying. He absorbed the chemicals from laying on my pillow. I can't change the fact that I am dying from using the Brazilian Blowout, but maybe I could save lives. If just one person is saved from such a horrible fate, then at least what I am going through would not be in vane. I prayer that you will get this information out there to save the lives of others. God Bless.
serenity2 serenity2 6 years
as a hairstylist myself, i have worked with this product and the side effects are not worth it. burning and itchy eyes, upset stomach severe headaches, sore throat and such are only a few of the symptoms my colleagues have experienced no you may not be drinking it but you do inhale the smoke from it. and you have to wear gloves while applying it because it affects your skin
nicky360 nicky360 7 years
I have a Brazilian blowout and I love the results. If it truly is dangerous, the I won’t be getting anymore. However, I question ditching the treatment without further studies. Formaldehyde is a carcinogen, but are we not exposed to hundreds of carcinogens daily? Also, isn’t formaldehyde used in an abundance of products from vaccines, to household glue and even some beauty products like nail polishes? I think more research in independent laboratories needs to be done, but until then I’ll keep my blow out.
gianna12 gianna12 7 years
My advice is do NOT do it. your hair WILL fall out... I have been in the beauty industry for 15 years and I would rather have frizzer hair than no hair at all. I am 32 year old healthy woman who is losing hair from this. Its actually falling out as i sit here and type, its all over my desk. Stay AWAY, do yourself a favor.....
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 7 years
Well, that's a good point. Personally I've always been wary (as you can see). Our PopSugar TV beauty reporter, Zelana, tried it for a video. Overall, though, especially now that even the formaldehyde-free formulas are suspect, I say it's a big "no go" and would not recommend the treatment.
Wedgie-Queen Wedgie-Queen 7 years
Yep. No doubt about it - it was the supposedly formaldehyde-free Brazilian Blowout (TM) acai formula (which I was told was all natural and safe) that has tested positive for formaldehyde. I have no reason to distrust OHSU, and every reason to be skeptical of a company that is making money hand over fist. I'm very upset that I was sold a toxic treatment and told how safe and how great it was for my hair. I've heard that this treatment is actually banned in Brazil. Anyone know more about that?
prblms4loki prblms4loki 7 years
Re anonymous: It was actually a Brazilian Blow Out product - the Acai version. You can see the link to the press release here:
socalbeachgal socalbeachgal 7 years
I have a Brazilian Blowout and love it. My stylist (who has allergies) said she hasn't noticed any issues from it. There are some off-brands that are known to have formaldehyde in them. Let's see the further testing results.
ClassicalTorture ClassicalTorture 7 years
Oh no! I was hoping to get this done to my hair. I'm glad I found this out before he did. :(
prblms4loki prblms4loki 7 years
On a related note-do you know if perms contain formaldehyde too? I never thought abputlooking this up!
elramos elramos 7 years
This is nothing new. I heard about this last year. Salons really should do more research into what products they're working with, especially when it's putting their workers at risk.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
katie225, you're the customer, though. The people that have complained are the stylists who are exposed to it every day that they go to work and do a Brazilian Blowout, maybe even multiple times a day. I'm sure that's more than what you had in high school biology.
katie225 katie225 7 years
even if it really does have formaldehyde, it's not like we're drinking it. i've been exposed to more formaldehyde in high school biology classes than when i've gotten a blowout. i've never, ever had a bloody nose from it (uh, don't breathe in any fumes from ANY chemical and i think you'll be fine) nor have i ever had bad side effects. i will continue to get this done to my hair because it has been a LIFE-CHANGING experience. as someone who has always dealt with curly/frizzy hair and hated every second of it, this has completely altered my life. so, formaldehyde or not, as long as it works i'm going to keep getting it done.
hazelberry hazelberry 7 years
OMG!!! This is serious!!! My mom was exposed to formaldehyde in a hospital as a nurse back in the days and now she has been losing a lot of hair, in patches for years now...Imagine using that on actual hair???????? They're gonna get BOLD!
ashleyheatherr ashleyheatherr 7 years
I almost had that done to my hair...happy I didn't.
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