Yesterday Brazilian Blowout, the keratin hair treatment company that was under fire for reportedly containing toxic formaldehyde, released a report that will rock the world of fans, haters and stylists around the country. Their claim? That their product “makes the (OSHA) grade”.

“Despite OSHA’s recent reporting, it has now been shown that Brazilian Blowout has passed twenty-four out of twenty-four Federal OSHA air-monitoring studies with regards to the federally mandated Action Limit (AL), Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) and Short-Term Exposure Limit (STEL).

The twenty-four tests, performed in strict adherence with agency protocol, were conducted in various salon settings and measured for the release of formaldehyde.

Twenty-four out of twenty-four air monitoring tests fell below the federally mandated Action Limit (AL), Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) and Short-Term Exposure Limit (STEL) safety levels.*

There were NO Federal OSHA violations with regards to the mandated Action Limit (AL), Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) or Short-Term Exposure Limit (STEL) when the Brazilian Blowout Professional Smoothing Solution was tested.

*Initially, one of the twenty-four tests conducted produced a level exceeding Federal OSHA’s Short-Term Exposure Level. Immediate research revealed that the particular test was proven faulty, given it was conducted for a longer exposure time than the test required. The test was conducted once again on the same day, in the same salon setting using the proper exposure time. This test produced level falling, once again, below the Federal OSHA Short-Term Exposure Limit (see copy of faulty and corrected test data below).

The Air Sampling Report, from the testing performed on November 18, 2010, clearly shows that the test lasted 35 minutes, more than twice the amount dictated by the Code of Federal Regulations. Because this singular test more than doubled the statutory time period of 15 minutes, this test alone purports to demonstrate that 2.5249 parts of formaldehyde per million were off-gassed from the Brazilian Blowout Professional Smoothing Solution. Of the twenty-four air monitoring tests, only “this test” purports to demonstrate exposure above 2 parts per million, because it is the only test that was more than doubled to 35 minutes. Thus, these results are invalid and do not support any contention that more than 2 parts of formaldehyde per million have ever been off-gassed during the proper testing of the Brazilian Blowout Professional Smoothing Solution. Note: The above information does not represent an approval or endorsement from OSHA.”

The PDF of this statement can be found here:

Keratin Treatment Specialist, Jordana Lorraine shares her response:

“It’s no secret that Brazilian Blowout™ is my favorite smoothing treatment; I’ve been hooked since having my first treatment over 3 years ago, and have performed hundreds of them since then. It’s also no secret that the company has caught some bad publicity over the past year or so. While Brazilian Blowout has rebutted with press releases, independent studies, and educational support for stylist to be sure they are using the product correctly, they have still been plagued by controversy. Now, they have conducted extensive air quality testing in strict adherence with OSHA protocol, and have passed 100% for Action Limit, Permissible Exposure Limit, and Short-Term Exposure Limit in a variety of salon settings.

Clients, salon owners and stylists should be thrilled to hear this!

To ensure safety, salons and stylists should be familiar with the MSDS and always perform the service according to the manufacturer’s instructions.”

Still not sure if you want to use the original Brazilian Blowout? Then check out these keratin treatment options featured in: The Most Comprehensive Guide to Formaldehyde-Free Brazilian Blowout and Keratin Treatment Alternatives.

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  1. My hairdressers have just begun using this. They convinced me to look into it. The product they have is called Brazilian Blowout Zero. I love that it’s something that can be done in one day since I’m always pulling my hair back and can’t really go days without doing that.

  2. I am a stylist who has done about 100 treatments of the “Brazilian Blowout” over the past 2 years. I have had to stop due to a cough that I’ve had for about 1 &1/2 years due to breathing the fumes! I have been researching alternate treatments for my clients. I have lost many clients in the art 6 months, it has been very difficult for me, to say the least. P.S. The “zero” doesn’t work very well. Just my 2 cents.