UPDATE: I wrote this post a few days ago and I have received many nasty comments from people and it’s really made me mad. I am a hairstylist. I started this blog to share all things beauty for my clients, and anyone who would be interested in my opinions and suggestions about stuff. I preform Brazilian Blowouts here and there on clients with awesome results, but it’s not my money maker. It’s not my main focus as a stylist, and I could care less if I preform this service or not. I, like everyone else, want to know the truth about what it going on with the Brazilian Blowout/formaldehyde allegations, hence why I interviewed someone close to BB to get the current standings from their side. I think it’s only fair to hear both sides out, and having the ability to get an interview with them allowed me to do so. In no way am I “selling” Brazilian Blowout, or “sugar coating” the truth. If you are upset about all the stuff going on with Brazilian Blowout, contact them, don’t take it out on me. Currently, Brazilian Blowout is clearing their name of the allegations, and if you go to their website, you’d see that. Maybe this will change, but this blog story is based on that.
11/8/10 Brazilian Blowout is probably the most talked about hair treatment in the country, possibly even world right now. It is the ONLY professional smoothing treatment that actually improves the condition of the hair. This stuff is pretty amazing, and if you’ve had one done to your hair, your life was probably changed in an incredible way…
Recently there was quite the stir about the chemicals in the Brazilian Blowout solution after a salon in Oregon decided to do their own own tests on the product to test it’s safety. Their results claimed that Brazilian Blowout contained formaldehyde, was unsafe to use, and went straight to the press with their claims. These allegations went global! All over the news and social media outlets. Brazilian Blowout did not take this lightly, and went straight to OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) to do their own tests and prove their side.
With all this confusion, I went straight to my good friend, Joseph Chase, who happens to be the National Director of Education for Brazilian Blowout. Joseph has worked with Brazilian Blowout for 2 1/2 years, and he travels all around the world teaching hairstylists about this treatment, showing them how it’s done, going over all the Q & A’s, and certifying stylists to be able to preform this procedure. He works along side the owners of Brazilian Blowout, and if anyone can shed light, it would be him. So basically, if you’ve had a Brazilian Blowout, Joseph most likely taught your hairstylist how to do it…
Sherri: Recently a salon in Oregon decided to play investigator and did tests to prove that Brazilian Blowout actually contains formaldehyde. This made national news, and created quite the uproar among hairstylists and clients. What was your reaction when you heard about all of this? And what is the big deal about Formaldehyde anyway?
Joseph Chase: I was out of the country when I first heard of the OSHA testing in Oregon and about the story covered on national television. I was a bit confused at first but, after contacting the Brazilian Blowout main office I was informed that the actual test being performed on the solution was in fact faulty and new testings have been approved safe with Oregon OSHA.
To get technical, Formaldehyde is a colorless gas used for many purposes. It can be found in items such as dyes, textiles, plastics, paper products, and last but not least…cosmetics. It also can be found naturally in the human body. Brazilian Blowout does not contain Formaldehyde itself, but may burn off small traces of the gas when the solution is heated to a certain degree. OSHA’s Action Level of 0.5 parts per million (PPM) is the most stringent level of exposure set by the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. On October 29th 2010, Oregon OSHA released results of a comprehensive air monitoring study conducted with seven salons. The average formaldehyde gas exposure level for the seven salons tested by Oregon OSHA was 0.079 parts per million; well beneath OSHA Action level of 0.5 parts per million.
Sherri: Holy moly you know your stuff Joseph! Since all of this, Brazilian Blowout has fought back in defense of their product, in a classy, yet aggressive way. What is the current juice about all of this?
Joseph Chase: The Brazilian Blowout team still stands 100 percent by their product and assures that it is in fact safe by the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. “BB” updates daily news about this situation on www.BrazilianBlowout.com
Sherri: Thank you for setting this all straight for us! Now let’s have fun. Who is a Brazilian Blowout best for?
Joseph Chase: Brazilian Blowout is for everyone! It is such an amazing versatile treatment that all hair types are candidates. For those that want super straight to those who want voluminous curls and everything in between! The treatment can be modified for the client to suit their hair needs.
BB is a semi-permanent hair smoothing treatment. it is not changing the internal structure (bonds) of the hair. It is simply putting amino acids onto the hair creating a protective protein layer. This protein layer smooths the cuticle adding shine, strength, and frizz free hair.
Sherri: Sounds like almost everyone can benefit from a Brazilian Blowout! Is there anyone who shouldn’t consider getting this done?
Joseph Chase: Brazilian Blowout is a smoothing treatment. The treatment is not ideal for those who already have healthy smooth hair.
Sherri: There are SO many knock off Brazilian Blowout treatments out there! How can we be sure we are getting the REAL Brazilian Blowout, and not some other wanna be claiming the same results?
Joseph Chase: The Brazilian Blowout hair smoothing treatment comes in a distinct packaging. It would be hard to miss the logo on the beautiful and shiny brown/gold’ish containers. Also, the stylist themselves will have a certificate showing that they too have been certified by Brazilian Blowout.
Sherri: Brazilian Blowout just came out with some NEW styling products for clients, and I can’t wait to get my hands on them and try them! How are they?
Joseph Chase: Brazilian Blowout has amazing new products that I am so thrilled with. First the new Define Polish which is great for both men and women. It helps by building texture, separation, and definition. Great for mens short styles and also great for ladies with long locks that love their “next day hair”. Next we have our Spray Shine. Great for adding that beautiful glossy look to hair needing that flawless finish. I also like to spray a small amount of this product on damp hair before the blow dry to add moisture and protectant from the heat of blow dryer. It gives a perfect finish and smells oh so good!
Sherri: Celebrities always have perfect, shiny hair, and I know a lot of them are getting Brazilian’s. Mr. Hollywood, who are some celebrities you’ve seen or done Brazilian Blowout’s on?
Joseph Chase: Jennifer Aniston, Nicole Richie, Chad Kroger, Mel B. (Scary Spice), Lindsay Lohan, Rececca Gayheart, Halle Berry, Emanuelle Chriqui, Ashley Tisdale, and many many more!
As a hairstylist that preforms this on many of my clients, I have some tips for you as a client when looking to get a Brazilian Blowout done.
– Be sure your hairstylist is Brazilian Blowout certified! We must go through a training to learn how to preform this service, and it must be done right to ensure the quality of your brazilian.
– Be sure you are actually getting THE REAL Brazilian Blowout! Ask to see the packaging, it’s your right! There are many knockoffs, and many “keratin” treatments claiming to be Brazilian Blowout, when in fact they are far from it.
– Be wary of super low deals on this service! I’ve seen advertisements for BB at $99! This is unheard of. This product costs your hairstylist a lot of money, and Brazilian Blowout actually recommends we charge $350 per service. If someone is doing it for really cheap, they are practically paying you to get the service. I would not even chance it.