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Brazilian Blowout safety called into question

March 17, 2011 | 11:15 am

Hairstraightener2If you view your curly hair as more of a curse than a blessing, you're probably already familiar with the popular hair-straightening treatment Brazilian Blowout. Salons across the U.S. offer the treatments promising no-fuss,  sleek, straight hair. But are these treatments really safe?

That's a question the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel attempted to answer in a preliminary cosmetics report released last week. According to the report, the treatments may release unsafe levels of formaldehyde and methylen glycol.

"It can not be concluded that formaldehyde/methylene glycol is safe in cosmetic products intended to be aerosolized or in which formaldehyde/methylene glycol vapor or gas will be produced under conditions of use," stated the panel.

Alene Dawson investigated the safety of the blowouts last year when Oregon researchers found dangerous formaldehyde in the treatments. For more on the debate over the safety of Brazilian Blowouts see a piece by Susan Carpenter on our sister Los Angeles Times Greenspace blog.

-- Jenn Harris

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Photo: Brazilian Blowout salon treatment. Credit: Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times