Published: April 2011

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About the brand: Spazzola Progressiva

Spazzola Progressiva hair straightening products were found to contain between 0.61 - 5.87% formaldehyde. This has led to a recall in France in December 2010. These Fluido 2 products were not found to be available in the US.

Products by Spazzola Progressiva

  Product Formaldehyde testing results Injuries: Number of consumers that filed reports with the federal government Product recalls
Claudia Pazzini - Fluido 2 Spazzola Progressiva >0.6 %0France
Claudia Pazzini - Product straightening Fluido 2 >0.6 %0France

Formaldehyde test results

Product Formaldehyde Detected Number of samples Tested by Date Reference
Claudia Pazzini - Fluido 2 Spazzola Progressiva >0.6 %1French Health Products Safety Agency (Afssaps)2010-12-06AFSSAPS 2010
Claudia Pazzini - Product straightening Fluido 2 >0.6 %1French Health Products Safety Agency (Afssaps)2010-12-06AFSSAPS 2010


statment on November 30, 1999



Since 2009, health and consumer product agencies in 6 countries have announced recalls of hair straighteners with high amounts of formaldehyde.

Product Australia Canada Cyprus France Germany Ireland
Claudia Pazzini - Fluido 2 Spazzola Progressiva - - - 2010-12-27 - -
Claudia Pazzini - Product straightening Fluido 2 - - - 2010-12-27 - -


The hair structure The hair is made of keratin which is part of the skin, which is a basic hair structure. The keratin is like, intertwined rope involving multiple layers for gloss and protection. The cuticle is the outside part of the hair , and is composed of layers that protects the hair structure. It must be well sealed to keep moisture and proteins inside hair, keeping it strong and at the same time soft and shiny. The cortex is the largest hair layer, and the structure that provides flexibility and at the same natural color (pigment). Due to chemical processes such as dyes, relaxation, discoloration and the physical processes such as sun, pollution, salt and sea, the cuticles open, leaving the hair more porous and therefore, without gloss, and also more fragile and brittle. The pH The pH (potential of Hydrogen) existing in the various products and their influence on the hair PH goes from 0 to 14. The substance pH 0 to 7 is acid, 7 to 14 alkaline. Destilated water a pH of 7. Alkaline products can open or dilated the hair, leaving them more vulnerable, less resistant and more opaque. It is the case for common relaxing products in the market, which have calcium hydroxide, sodium or guanidine thioglycolate and Ammonia. The acid product, has low pH that provides immediate hair cuticle closing, so that they can recover the brightness and gain strength. The product from Spazzola Progressiva Claudia Pazzini Mel Brasil in Italy ® system has a pH between 3.5 and 4.0. 4.0. [link]


A loophole in federal labeling law allows companies to sell "professional use" products without the ingredient label required on all other personal care products, so the use of formaldehyde can be hidden. Nearly all of the hair straightening products surveyed by EWG are marketed for professional use only. Despite these claims, EWG found that consumers can easily purchase "professional use" products through online retailers. Retailers identified for Spazzola Progressiva products are listed below:

Product Retailers
Claudia Pazzini - Fluido 2 Spazzola Progressiva none identified
Claudia Pazzini - Product straightening Fluido 2 none identified

Spazzola Progressiva - Claudia Pazzini - Fluido 2 Spazzola Progressiva

"Fluido Spazzola Progressiva The Fluid is the treatment "heart"of Spazzola Progressiva Claudia Pazzini Mel Brasil in Italy ® Produced from a protein cocktail , through a source of heat provides the following advantages: protects the hair, removes the curly effect, discipline rebellious hair, enhances the color, thickens the hair giving body and volume, without affecting its structure. The treatment effect can last for 40/50 days."
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Spazzola Progressiva - Claudia Pazzini - Product straightening Fluido 2

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