Brazilian Blowout has been a top scandal for years and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Let’s start by bringing to the forefront facts from the source itself...
Brazilian Blowout; [section 14.5 MSDS] “Product releases formaldehyde (gas), a suspected carcinogen.” The FDA officially classified formaldehyde as a cancer-causing chemical in 1987. Now, you might be saying “we use the product correctly, as to not release any toxins into the air” or “if you use too much of the product then you are in danger of exposer.” WRONG to comply and use Brazilian Blowout correctly and safely you will need to follow these guidelines laid out BY Brazilian Blowout [section(s) 7.1-8.4 MSDS] We trimmed down this list because if not, you would be scrolling through 10 pages of warnings, guidelines & exposure cautions.
How do they get away with this…?
Great question! If you look at the back of your product bottle chances are you will not see Formaldehyde listed in the ingredients list, that is because they are banking on the fact we won’t do our research & question the products safety, but guess what, we did! Look again at the ingredient list and see if Methylene Glycol appears. We asked a Senior Chemist & Chemical Hygiene Officer, to look over the information provided by the MSDS and OSHA regulations on Brazilian Blowout and his comments are alarming to say the least. “Salon owners and beauty schools were issued citations for failing to protect workers from possible exposure to formaldehyde by failing to test air levels, provide needed protective equipment, communicate the hazards of formaldehyde to workers, and meet other requirements of OSHA's formaldehyde standard.” He went on to say, “The maximum penalty for an OSHA violation is $12,471 per violation. Failure to Abate (if the issue is not fixed) is another $12,471. If OSHA finds willful or repeated violations, the maximum penalty is $124,709.”
In an article written up in Forbes magazine, Mike Brady, CEO of Brazilian Blowout was sent a firmly worded letter in September 2011 stating that the company’s products contain formaldehyde and were thus mislabeled. The FDA did not focus on removing the product from the shelves, instead the focus was to label the product appropriately.
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What can you as a professional do?
Stay informed and gather all the FACTS, you then can decide on the proper course of action for your safety, client’s safety & future health risks associated with this service. You can also join the hundreds of stylists who refuse to perform Brazilian Blowouts and have eliminated this service from their menu.
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