Brazilian Blowout is a popular, though often costly, hair-straightening treatment. But growing evidence suggests the costs extend beyond the financial to serious health risks. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) recently issued a hazard alert after government agencies and a number of independent researchers found Brazilian Blowout contains dangerous levels of formaldehyde. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers formaldehyde a “probable human carcinogen.” Brazilian Blowout advertises its product as formaldehyde free, however its ingredients list contains methylene glycol. Methylene glycol is the result of the hydration of formaldehyde. Although the makers of Brazilian Blowout now produce a hair straightener without methylene glycol, many bottles of the original formulation remain on shelves and in use across the country. At risk for the health problems associated with Brazilian Blowout are hairdressers and salon workers, especially those who applied the product in settings with poor ventilation or without the use of protective gloves and masks. Those who received hair-straightening treatment with Brazilian Blowout on a routine basis may also be at risk. Formaldehyde has been linked to cancer with long-term exposure, but it can also have immediate, short-term effects including:
- Contact dermatitis
- Eye, nose and throat irritation
- Respiratory problems
The Mobile attorneys at Long & Long have years of experience helping the victims of defective products recover compensation for the harm caused by such products. If you’ve suffered the ailments associated with exposure to Brazilian Blowout, please contact the Mobile, Alabama, defective product lawyers at Long & Long to schedule a free case consultation.