Does Brazilian Blowout™ Contain Formaldehyde? The Brand Responds to Recent Accusations

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

A note to those leaving comments: While you have the right to express your opinion on these threads I must stand firm that ALL comments with inappropriate language will be deleted.  If you can’t come up with a more respectful way to express your opinion then please don’t leave a comment.  Thank you.

Be Sociable, Share!

Related posts:

Comments

  1. Ann Watson says:

    The manufacturer that Brazilian Blowout cites as certifing their product as formaldehyde free threw them under the bus,,,then ran over them. Apparently they picked up a samp;e of the formula that Brazilian Blowout markets and issued a press release that Brazilian Blowout’s solution was NOT their formula. Boy, Brazilian Blowout sure pulled their name and the report off their site fast, hmm-m. I’m sure OSHA ‘s burning.

  2. antony white says:

    Patrck and all
    here is the official response from OSHA to that amazing chemist by the name Schoon.

    http://www.orosha.org/admin/newsrelease/2010/nr2010_25.pdf

  3. @Ann BB has not ‘removed’ the Cadiveu test/info, they have simply updated their statement. Just above the current statement, is a link to read the previous statements. I believe you are referring to the two previous statements…they’re right there.

  4. Jaime says:

    It’s amazing how many more ad’s have appeared on this site since the discovery of formaldehyde in Brazilian Blowout by Oregon OSHA and Health Canada. Its also surprising that this blog site turns up on the top of many google searches when researching for the safety of Brazilian Blowout. It looks like there is much to gain when, “…we are a nervous society, many of us were quick to jump on this and attack Brazilian Blowout.” As stated in a comment above.

    I’m disturbed by all of this. But I am overwhelmed to discover that more and more salons in my area are no longer going to be using the Brazilian Blowout in their salons and as long as there is a shred of doubt concerning the safety of this product I will continue to raise awareness to those I feel are directly affected by it! And if by miracle the world discovers that this product is in fact 100% salon safe and formaldehyde free I myself will start using the product to show my ability to be objective. But till then I have to go on the findings of reputable organizations whose mission is to protect the safety of the general public and not the rhetoric of a company whose main objective is money based.

  5. antony white says:

    @Ann and Jordana
    yes that statement is still there and it will be used against them in court for sure.
    Cadiveu in a different statement claims that Brazilian Blowout in california played around with their formula. They actually say that the formula that they tested from california was different from their original formula implying that BB changed and add formaldehyde in it.
    NOW WHICH ONE IS IT????
    I am glad is not me the CEO of BB because there will be indeed a federal investigation and he is in a shit load of trouble.

  6. @Jamie Why is that amazing? It’s how the Internet works…because we all keep coming here and posting and commenting, the site gets more hits, which makes it appear higher on a Google search. This makes companies want to advertise here, because high traffic means people will see it.

    I completely respect your choice not to work with the product. If and when you decide to try it, you may consider the Chemical Source Capture System for Salons, from Aerovex Systems (seen and described at http://www.SaferBrazilian.com) for the protection of everyone involved. It is already being recommended by Brazilian Keratin by Marcia Teixeira.

  7. BREAKING NEWS: OSHA and HSA confirm Brazilian Blowout is SAFE for clients and stylists! http://www.brazilianblowout.com/new-press

  8. Cynthia says:

    Jordana,
    Just to clarify. There has been no change in OSHA or HSA’s recommendation regarding this product. Rather, BB has conducted “independent” studies showing that the levels found in those studies are well withing the limits allowed by OSHA.
    These results have yet to be confirmed or accepted by any regulatory authorities. Of critical importance is that the same solution (testing 10% or higher in the OSHA tests, and exceeding limits in their air studies) has been tested in BBs study. I myself would love to see if the solution still works.

  9. @Cynthia

    To clarify: HSA is the organization that actually performed the tests (http://www.healthscience.com/)

    And the results fell far below OSHA guidelines.

    You have a good question about what was tested; every article or video I’ve seen about rests, has shown pictures of old bottles which are not even marked formaldehyde-free. The bottles look similar at first glance, and have been confused with each other in many cases, including in a letter to the FDA that a reporter posted. So much for detailed, accurate reporting.

    Also of critical importance: proper use of the product. Who was performing the service when the air was tested, and were they using the recommended amount of product? No way to know without detailed video, and if that exists it has not been released.

    I personally used the current solution, marked formaldehyde-free on the bottle, 7 times this past week with no result other than clients who love their shiny, frizz-free hair.

  10. BRIANNA says:

    I USE THIS PRODUCT. I LOVE THIS PRODUCT. I HAVE NEVER HAD ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS THE (BLOODY NOSE/BURNING THROAT/EYES/OR EVEN SKIN IRRITATION FOR THAT MATTER) I AM A CERTIFIED STYLIST I HAVE BEEN TO 2 CLASSES AND TOOK THE ONLINE CERTIFICATION TEST. I ABSOLUTELY STAND BY THE BRAZILIAN BLOWOUT SYSTEM AND EVERYTHING IT DOES FOR ME AND MY CLIENTS. THERE ARE TOO MANY COMPETITORS TRYING TO DUPLICATE THE BRAZILIAN BLOWOUT AND I THINK IT IS WRONG THAT BECAUSE THEY CANNOT COMPETE IT TURNS TO BASHING A GOOD PRODUCT. I HAVE USED ANOTHER KERATIN SMOOTHING SYSTEM AND ABSOLETLY NOTICED A BIG DIFFERENCE FROM THE BRAZILIAN BLOWOUT. FOR STARTERS THE FACT THAT WITH ANY OTHER PRODUCT YOU HAVE TO WAIT THREE DAYS BEFORE YOU CAN DO ANYTHING WITH YOUR HAIR! BRAZILIAN BLOWOUT IS AMAZING AND I HOPE THAT WHOEVER IS SPREADING THESE RUMORS GOES DOWN HARD FOR IT BECAUSE I FEEL THE DAMAGE TO THE BRAZILIAN BLOWOUT NAME IS PRETTY MUCH IRREPAIRABLE IN THIS SOCIETY WHERE EVERYBODY IS AFRAID OF EVERYTHING THEY HEAR ON TV OR IN THE MAGAZINES.

Trackbacks

  1. [...] Lorraine is not an employee or representative of Brazilian Blowout™. The information given here was provided by a Brazilian [...]

Speak Your Mind

*