New Brazilian Blowout Labels Should Scare Us Into Loving Our Curly Hair

Style Savvy 8

brazilian blowoutNew legislation out of California today forces Brazilian blowout products to list their potentially hazardous materials on the label. It's great news if you're into staying away from hair products that contain possible carcinogens, bad news if you just want your hair silky and straight and prefer to be kept in the dark about what nasty things it could be doing to your health.

The new labels will inform users that formaldehyde gas is emitted during use, which has been proven in some cases to cause cancer. It's not only unhealthy for women who use it on their own hair, but also for hairstylists who inhale the product when they use it on clients. Part of the settlement requires companies to hand out pamphlets to salons on how to stay safe while using the stuff.

OK. Can we just accept our curly hair already and stop using this junk?

And I'm talking to myself here, too. When I lived in Rio de Janeiro for a couple of months, I got my hair blown out literally three times a week. In the humidity down there, and here in NYC, for that matter, we curly-haired ladies know all about the poof-ball that sprouts from our follicles once there's an ounce of moisture in the air. And in Brazil, where the blowouts contained silicone and formaldehyde, cost about $3, and turned your hair into gorgeous, fine silk that was irresistible to the touch, a young woman might look the other way when it comes to the content's scary health hazards.

Fact of the matter is, I had no idea until later what the "secret" ingredient was that transformed me from looking like Monica Geller in the Bahamas (you know that Friends episode where her hair's out to here) to a lovely lady on the town, but now that I know, I'm sort of just waiting for my third eye to emerge. I mean, yikes. Three times a week, people.

It's great that the new labels will better inform users what they're getting in to, but the best way to stay safe is to just, simply, embrace your curls. Curls aren't dangerous, they're not going to give you cancer, and you know what, they're pretty cute, too. Most of the time.

Have you used a Brazilian blowout product that contains formaldehyde? Does it alarm you, or not so much?


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nonmember avatar KathyT.

Oh my gosh, my curls are so NOT cute! They're a frizzy poof ball that make me look like Bozo the Clown. I wear a mask while my stylist does the heat application so that hopefully the fumes are not going up my nose. I know it's incredibly vain, but I love my silky hair and I hate my frizz!

Bertha21 Bertha21

I haven't used it for that reason lol I used to HATE my curly hair! Then, I had my son and I didn't have time to straighten it daily (it took an hour and a half!) Now I embrace it lol sometimes I do something to it but I like the natural look now. :)

mlber... mlberry4172

I ready an article in a magazine bout the brazilian, I decided against after hearing what was in it. I LOVE my curly hair straightened, but I've been going natural as much as I'm willing.

nonmember avatar Carolyn

Visit for information on taming your curls. It has amazing products to tackle frizz and enhance your curls.

nonmember avatar Monabookgirl

When I got pregnant my hair started growing in curly. I went from stick straight hair to a frizzy mop. I spent about a year trying to keep my hair straight with mixed results. Then I decided to just et my hair do it's thing and embrace the curl. My life s so much easier and my hair is so much healthier now! With all the wonderful natural products out there to help tame the curl monster there is no reason you should have to use life threatening products to make your hair straight

Eques... EquestrianMom

As a naturally straight haired woman, I have to say, I will trade for the curls! I hate styling my hair, I hate that after hours spent trying to force a hint of a wave, all I have is stick straight hair. I'd even preffer the frizz! At least then my hair would do something! LOL! My boyfreind has black hair wiith natural finger curls, I am so jealous, he doesn't even have to brush it and it looks darling. Mine just hangs there, and frizzes at the top! LOL!

Ataem... Ataemommy

Pravana Perfection System -- no formaldehyde, totally natural. Does the same thing. Boom. You've just been incepted.

Mark Tennis

If you've ever had a Brazilian Blowout & need a shampoo to help you keep that blowout look, you need to use Shielo's Hydrate shampoo and conditioner. It's SULFATE-FREE which is what you need to use if you've had your hair straightend. And, if you haven't had a Brazilian Blowout, it's a great product anyway.

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