Brazilian Blowout™ loving women, do not give up hope! This story is far from over. It appears that the company is denying accusations that it’s Acai Professional Smoothing Solution contains formaldehyde (can I hear a “hurray”?). Jordana Lorraine reports:
As you may have read, a recent report was made that Brazilian Blowout™ Acai Professional Smoothing Solution contains formaldehyde, despite their website and packaging clearly stating that it does not. This has, understandably, sparked quite a bit of concern and of course, quite a bit of debate as well. Perhaps because we are a nervous society, many of us were quick to jump on this and attack Brazilian Blowout™ (as well as each other) in the comments on blog posts related to the topic. Upon reading this report, I did notice a few missing details, such as photos showing the bottle they tested, and that it was unopened when they received it. But I held back on criticizing those details, lest I be accused of defending the company blindly (unfortunately, this happened anyway.)
I’m not doing that, but it seems only fair to give Brazilian Blowout™ a chance to respond, before villain-izing and condemning them.
The company has not posted any response on their site, however I did have the opportunity to communicate with a high-level Brazilian Blowout™ representative and get a little something encouraging to tide us over. First things first, he linked me to this article on formaldehyde in cosmetics, which coincidentally was written by the man who did the research and testing on the Chemical Source Capture System I use (designed for use with formaldehyde gasses, present in some treatment processes, as well as other salon fumes.) So while he is trying to clear up the scientific facts about formaldehyde existing in a liquid solution (it can’t,) he has also tested the air produced by various keratin and smoothing treatments and put his stamp of approval on the Chemical Source Capture System seen at www.SafeBrazilian.com.
Read Exposing The Formaldehyde Myth here: http://personalcaretruth.com/2010/08/exposing-the-formaldehyde-myth/#disqus_thread
The Brazilian Blowout™ rep’s accompanying statement:
“Read this article (link above) and share it with your readers and the investigative reporter. There’s absolutely no way our solution [or any solution] could ever have formaldehyde in it because it’s a gas and would absolutely change composition if it came in contact with a liquid. And it certainly doesn’t have Methylene Glycol or formalin in it…We stand firm that our solution is “formaldehyde” / “methylene glycol” free. OSHA has our ingredient list filed in confidence and they are completely aware of how safe our solution is. This is obviously a ploy from one of our competitors and our attorneys are all over it…We definitely have plans to release not only our ingredients, but official results from a reputable testing facility showing no hydes whatsoever…our solution has been tested by Health Canada, OSHA divisions of Illinois, Texas, and California, etc…all of which tested negative for hydes…If anyone wants to test our formula, they should come to us directly.”
Some will say the statement about competitors sounds paranoid. I don’t think so at all. In a fast-growing market where one company has brand-name recognition, celebrity endorsement, convenient aftercare and repeat statistics that blow the competition out of the water, it is quite believable that someone (or many someones) would want to take them down.
As I’ve said before, a colleague of mine had a reaction almost immediately upon trying to use Global Keratin’s solution which bills itself as containing 2% formaldehyde (though based on the article above, this seems odd; I will be contacting them for a quote as well.) She excused herself from the room and has not worked with it again. She experienced similar symptoms, but not as strong and not as quickly, when working with Brazilian Gloss, which claims to be formaldehyde-free but declined to answer our questions or send info to her Doctor when we asked if it contained another aldehyde. Yet, this same woman works with Brazilian Blowout™ an average several times per week (like 6+) and experiences nothing of the sort. So, using her as a litmus test, it would seem Brazilian Blowout is being honest and/or being set up.
Regardless of the ingredients, performing the service in the proper way and in a proper environment is key to positive results and client and stylist safety. If you are a stylist who wants to start offering Brazilian Blowout, I urge you to attend a live class, rather than the seemingly simple video certification. See upcoming class locations and dates around the country here: http://www.brazilianblowout.com/rsvp. And if you’re a salon owner, you should examine and perhaps increase the ventilation and/or filtration system in your salon to ensure your staff and clients’ comfort and safety.
For those who are still in doubt, the answer is simple: don’t have the treatment done until satisfactory information has been provided. The truth will come out, in time, and you can count on A Mom In Red High Heels to keep you informed each step of the way!
Jordana Lorraine is not an employee or representative of Brazilian Blowout™. The information given here was provided by a Brazilian Blowout representative, and the opinions expressed are those of Jordana Lorraine based on experience with this and other smoothing treatments. Jordana is not authorized to field calls or answer questions on the company’s behalf.
UPDATE 9-29-10 Brazilian Blowout™ Breaks Their Silence About OSHA Testing
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