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A Curly Girl's: Thoughts on the Brazilian Blowout

So I was eating my corn muffin (mmm) and watching "Good Morning America", when an interesting news report came on.

They cast a spotlight on products that were said to help straigthen hair or smooth hair, even in humidty.
Before I decided to go natural and almost stop heat styling (except for the very occassional blowout- about once every 6 months- for trims) I tried one product with "straightening" on the label. Clearly I was sick in the head because I'm lucky that product didn't damage my hair!

Needless to say its ended up in the trash a long time ago...

I digress.

The report talked about a straightening product from Garnier (didn't work), and a few others, but one definitely stuck out to me.

The most interesting (and frightening) product was the Brazilian blowout. It was a supposedly formaldehyde-free product that contained a mixture of amino acids that relaxes the hair for up to a month and even stays straight with washes.

Heres what the makers say about Brazilian Blowout (c/o
"The BRAZILIAN BLOWOUT is the most innovative and effective professional smoothing treatment in the WORLD! Through the use of a Brazilian Super Nutrient Complex and a proprietary polymer system, the Brazilian Blowout actually improves the condition of the hair by creating a protective protein layer around the hair shaft to eliminate frizz and smooth the cuticle.The end result is smooth, healthy, frizz-free hair with radiant shine!What makes us different?The ONLY Professional Smoothing Treatment that improves the health of the hair. No Damage! and No harsh chemicals!NO FORMALDEHYDE!!Entire treatment completed in just 90 minutes!No down time! The minute you leave the salon, you can wash and air dry your hair, and it will be smooth, frizz-free and radiant!Results last up to 12 weeks.Leaves hair smooth, shiny and frizz-free!"

Honestly, it just seemed like any other relaxer to me.

The only reason it interested me was because I was wondering what was so
damnspecial about it.

Consequently, a lab tested Brazilian Blowout for safety concerns and found that although it was supposedly formaldehyde-free, in tests it was found to contain 8-10% formaldehyde.


Embalming fluid...really? Like that's a compund used for dead people.

Like, come on, that's an unreasonable cost for beauty.

The sample the lab tested was taken from a distributor that was not the actual creator, so Brazilian Blowout of course rebuted the finiding, still backing their product, saying their salon-grade formula was still formaldehyde-free.

Does that mean they can't guarantee anything for their other formulas?

And what does that matter if the distribution center a salon buys from could possibly end up with a product that is dangerous and contains upwards of 10% of formaldehyde?

Umm yea, not sounding good folks.

What really put the cherry on it for me though was that one of the anchors on the show already tried the product and said she would still try it again.


Like my friend at breakfast said, "Her hair is gonna look so awesome at her funeral."

This is all just IMO, but that makes you think about the stuff we do to be "beautiful".

Its in quotations for a reason...

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