The hair treatment that everyone's raving about, called the Brazilian Blowout, has been found to contain formaldehyde by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. This chemical treatment promises straight and manageable hair for up to 12 weeks and comes with a hefty price tag — typically anywhere between $200 and $500 a session.
Stylists who do this procedure at an Oregon hair salon reported difficulty breathing, nosebleeds and eye irritation after coming in contact with the formula.
However, Brazilian Blowout ensures that its products are formaldehyde-free and is denying the OSHA's test results, claiming the sample didn't come from the company but a salon. Some figures suggest that the treatment contains as much as 5% formaldehyde, which the company doesn't list on its ingredients list — even though it's required by law to list any more than 0.1% formaldehyde.
Formaldehyde is a suspected carcinogen and high levels of exposure have been linked with certain types of cancers.
With the start of breast cancer awareness month, we all need to start being a little more careful with what harsh chemicals we expose ourselves to.
Is manageable, straight hair worth the possible cancer risk?