FDA Says Brazilian Blowouts Really Are That Bad

Word on the street that Brazilian Blowouts are dangerous has been spreading for some time. Is it fact? Is it fiction?

Well, according to a letter released by the FDA, the hair treatment really is bad for your health. The organization told the makers of Brazilian Blowout that the product is unsafe because it releases formaldehyde when heat is applied to it (like…you know…with a hair straightener or a blowdryer, which is how the product is intended to be used). It also noted that the company was misbranding the product because they call it “formaldehyde free” and…it isn’t.

According to Time magazine, the FDA is giving Brazilian Blowout until the middle of this month to address these concerns, or the product will be seized.

In other words, if you want to get one and you’re really not afraid of inhaling carcinogens, get your ass to a salon this week.

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    • jack

      OK, there is formaldehyde…now tell me why that is bad.

      • megan

        There’s plenty of info on formaldehyde and its dangers on-line, Jack–it’s definitely not worth chancing cancer to have smooth hair.

    • Charity

      Because it’s a carcinogen. But if you don’t mind a little cancer, it’s probably fine. ;)

    • maral

      my hair is fizzy so what should i do that doesnt damage my hair?
      wavy & fizzy

      • Robert

        aveda offers a similar treatment that is plant based

      • Sara

        Keratin would be great for that!

    • malia

      Japanese thermal straightening perms are an alternative that works well without formaldehyde.

      • LN

        but it breaks half your hair at the root &, godsaveyou if you have highlights.

    • Alanna

      Or you can do a Keratin treatment which is basically a protein straightener and your hair will be reeeaaallly (extra letters warranted) soft!

    • Adrianne

      That is why it’s always best to consult a dermatologist or a hair expert first before proceeding to undergo a treatment.


    • yournamehere

      sugar-free drinks also release formaldehyde but you’ll never
      hear about that

      • Patty C

        some of us know many facts-like aspertame is toxic and is also better known as nutra sweet-zero calories-zero taste and zero chances of not being sick from it

    • MaryAsk

      No chemicals, I prefer using a flat iron with tourmaline ceramic plates to avoid hair damages, I bought a very good one at safrons, it’s the Karmin G3 Salon Pro and it leaves my hair soft, shiny and super straight. Plus a very good hair treatment with heat protector, to keep it healthy, I use Pro Naturals Moroccan Oil. :)