Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Full Brazilian!


I was watching CNN yesterday morning, and I saw a segment about the Brazilian Blowout, namely how it may do you harm. Now, when I hear Brazilian, I so totally don't think of hair.... well, I think of "hair" but not the kind on your head! (jeeze...) So after I actually started to pay attention, I realized it wasn't a waxing story, but actually a story about the FDA telling a company that makes Brazilian Blowout Acai Smoothing Solution that even though it SAYS there isn't any formaldehyde in it's product, that Methylene Glycol (which is basically formaldehyde in a water suspension), still counts! As stated on the FDA website....

Under Section 601(a) of the Act [21 U.S.C. § 361(a)], a cosmetic is adulterated if it bears or contains any poisonous or deleterious substance which may render it injurious to users under the conditions of use prescribed in the labeling thereof, or, under such conditions of use as are customary or usual. Brazilian Blowout is an adulterated cosmetic because it bears or contains a deleterious substance that may render it injurious to users under the conditions of use prescribed in your labeling. Specifically, based on FDA sample analysis, Brazilian Blowout contains methylene glycol, the liquid form of formaldehyde, which, under the conditions of use prescribed in the labeling, releases formaldehyde when hair treated with the product is heated with a blow dryer and then with a hot flat iron. Methylene glycol is a deleterious substance, which at the levels present in this product, may harm users under the conditions of use prescribed in the labeling thereof. FDA analysis of approximately 50 mg samples of Brazilian Blowout confirmed the presence of methylene glycol, the liquid form of formaldehyde, at levels ranging from 8.7 to 10.4%.


Apparently, when the product is heated by a blow dryer ot flat iron, the formaldehyde is released into the air, thus making an inhalant hazard to both stylist and customer. I guess it would be OK for the customer, since you only need a blowout every 3-6 weeks or so, but for the stylist, who maybe does 3 or 4 of these things A DAY... yeah, they gonna DIE!


And where does this leave the ghetto fabolos salon I see while driving to Eldest's school. It has a HUGE advertising flag out front of it's store that says, and I quote...


"Fahmaldahide Free Blow Outs!"


Oh yes...... It actually does say fahmaldahide. Dear God, those women actually work on people's hair!!

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