SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) — More women are turning to Brazilian Blowouts as an alternative to straighten their hair. But members of Congress are asking the Food and Drug Administration to voluntarily recall the products.

Last month, the federal government issued a hazard alerting salons nationwide against the product.

Despite the warning, salon owner Patrick Evan said business is booming. “We still do Brazilian Blowouts every day, but we don’t use the brand name Brazilian Blowout,” Evan said.

In a recent test study, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) found high levels of the carcinogen formaldehyde within the product. According to Dr. Alfred Aleguas, consumers could be increasing their risk of cancer.

But it’s not just the brand Brazilian Blowout that’s causing a concern. Various products used in salons labeled “formaldehyde free” emit the toxic chemical when the combined ingredients are heated.

The CEO of the brand name Brazilian Blowout products said to CBS 5 ConsumerWatch he thinks the OSHA tests are wrong. He said he has not been contacted by a member of Congress or the FDA, and would like the opportunity to make them feel comfortable about the product’s safety.

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  1. Bella Blu says:

    The isuue of Formaldehyde in Keratin treatments is not a new one and many people in the industry have had their suspicions since the treatment begain popping up in US salons about 4 years ago.
    Ironically, Keratin straightening products that actually come from Brazil (rather than just using the word in their name) are protected by Government legislation that banned the use of Formaldehyde in Brazilian Blowout products as long ago as 2005.

    My advice is to only buy products that print their ingredients on the packaging. That way you can see for yourself exactly what’s in the bottle.

    best place to look for Formaldehyde-free Keratin products

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