FDA Slams Brazilian Blowout

It’s the controversial, hair straightening treatment that some women have literally called “life changing,” and now the government is questioning the safety of the Brazilian Blowout.

In this letter sent to the makers, FDA officials noted the BB contained formaldehyde, at levels ranging from 8.7 to 10.4%.
The letter goes on to state, “Brazilian Blowout is misbranded because its label and labeling (including instructions for use) makes misleading statements regarding the product’s ingredients and fails to reveal material facts with respect to consequences that may result from the use of the product. Specifically, Brazilian Blowout contains the liquid form of formaldehyde, methylene glycol; however, the product label declares that the product contains “No Formaldehyde” or is “Formaldehyde Free.”

The FDA gave the makers of the BB 15 days to respond.  ABC News  first sounded the alarm about this issue a year ago.



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One Response to FDA Slams Brazilian Blowout

  1. Bonnie Duerst says:

    It is important for stylists to follow the hair smoothing manufacturers’ instructions which include proper salon ventilation. Salons that use fans & open windows for ventilation only circulate the vapors to other workstations & their clients. OSHA & FDA warnings remind us we have to be diligent consumer advocates and not assume just because something is on the market that it’s safe. More information can be found by searching “salon clean air” or “chemical source capture systems for salons”. Women considering this treatment should check with the salon first to make sure they use a chemical source capture system during hair smoothing treatments (Brazilian Blowout, etc.)

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