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Brazilian Blowout hair-straightener exposed as unsafe

April 2011

In April 2011, EWG released an analysis showing high formaldehyde content in Brazilian Blowout and other top brands of hair straighteners and published FDA consumer incident reports of hair loss, corneal abrasions and vomiting.  The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a national health advisory to salon workers and owners.  EWG filed a petition with the FDA pressing  for  product warning labels..  In the fall of 2011, the cosmetics industry itself acknowledged that  formaldehyde in hair straighteners was not safe and distanced itself from makers of hair straighteners.  The attorney general of  California  and Brazilian Blowout reached a legal settlement in which the company agreed not to use formaldehyde in its products without a warning label.  And in November 2012, he California Superior Court in the County of Los Angeles, issued an order that required the maker of Brazilian Blowout to stop selling its product in California and prove its reformulated hair straightener met state aiir quality standards

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