Brazilian Blowout formaldehyde debate continuesIn the past few months, several government agencies have said Brazilian Blowout contains unhealthy levels of formaldehyde.
In the past few months, several government agencies have said Brazilian Blowout contains unhealthy levels of formaldehyde.
So is the hair-care treatment safe to use? That depends on whom you ask.
Last fall, Oregon’s occupational health agency tested a solution sold under the name Brazilian Blowout after receiving complaints that a Portland stylist experienced irritated eyes, breathing problems and nosebleeds after using the product.
The Oregon agency reported that the solution tested contained significant levels of formaldehyde, even though its label identified it as “formaldehyde-free,” according to The New York Times. Since then, some salons have stopped using the products, according to the Times piece.
GIB, the California company that makes Brazilian Blowout, claims the Oregon agency’s testing methods were improper and that they actually created formaldehyde with its testing products, says Crystal Christianson, a regional director for Brazilian Blowout.
GIB also says the state’s test results wrongly identified another chemical compound, methylene glycol, as formaldehyde. It says methylene glycol forms when formaldehyde mixes with water but that it shouldn’t be classified as formaldehyde.
The state misrepresented results of air-sample tests on Brazilian Blowout when its testing showed air quality during use of the product was safely below OSHA limits, GIB says.