Still Getting a Brazilian Blowout? You're a Moron


straight hair brazilian blowoutEven though a Brazilian blowout likely contains dangerous levels of the known carcinogen formaldehyde, some salons and women are refusing to give up the straightening hair process. This in spite of the fact that even treatments marked "formaldehyde-free" actually have much more than the "allowed" 0.1 percent of the chemical.

My question: What the hell are you women thinking?!

It's not that I don't get it. I do. I've had friends with curly, frizzy, kinky, wavy masses of hair my whole life. My own hair can lay totally flat and straight or, less frequently (regretfully), has the ability to be Victoria's Secret wavy. Because I prefer the beachy look, I've always envied my curlier-hair friends. Honestly, if this was 1986 instead of 2011, I might be a perm junkie. But, I also feel the pain of my friends who have hair that would never be straight without a lot of chemicals and a hardcore CHI ... sometimes.

Yeah, it stinks to look like you have out-of-control bed head every day, no matter what you do. But I really think some of my friends and loved ones take it to an extreme. It's one thing to spend $10 here or there on a bottle of Biosilk. It's quite another to drop hundreds or thousands on Brazilian straightening treatments linked to serious health concerns.

I know women who have done it, and they'd probably do it again in a heartbeat. They just can't get enough. However -- these same women have suffered from fibromyalgia, a brain aneurysm, diverticulitis, food allergies, debilitating migraines, etc. Maybe they don't put two and two together, but all that aside, how in the WORLD does it make any sense to drop mega-bucks on a beauty treatment that could potentially give them CANCER, too?

Sometimes I feel like I'm on a high horse when I tell friends that I won't use a body wash that has parabens because the preservative has been linked to breast cancer, or that I skip regular toothpaste and choose Tom's of Maine Fluoride Free because the chemical compound causes/exacerbates thyroid disease. I'm sure I'll get flack on occasion because I refuse to touch a Diet Coke -- there are healthier ways to get a 3 p.m. buzz than by drinking something that contains an excitoneurotoxic carcinogen. In the end, who cares what anyone says? I'd rather use/eat/drink products I'm comfortable with, that I trust won't cost me more in medical bills in the long run.

Now, when it comes to this ... I wouldn't even flinch about that high horse! If I heard that a friend or relative was going to get a Brazilian blowout, I'd literally want to shake her and say, "What is wrong with you??? Stop the vanity insanity!!!" Having straighter hair might make you feel pretty temporarily, but is it really worth making yourself sick? I really, truly don't believe so.

Do you?

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Madel... MadelynMc

Thank you! I completely and totally agree. I was just reading the other day that your skin absorbs and processes things more efficiently than taking anything orally. So if you wouldn't eat it, why would you put it on your skin?

Madel... MadelynMc

Oh wait, there is formaldehyde in our food. My bad. Ha.

Ashly... Ashlynnsmommy07

what exactly is a Brazilian Blowout?


Heck no!!!

sodapple sodapple

I like my hair straight but I don't go to those extremes . Also can't afford a brazilian..

Gwen Lewis Ingram

I have my hair straightened and I love it! My stylist uses Keratin Complex Treatment by Coppola which has no formaldehyde. It works just as good and doesn't have the chemicals.  So there's an option for you to stay on your high horse and have great hair!

nonmember avatar Shelly

Why are people so outraged by this, yet will willing pump their children with formaldehyde in vaccines. Is breathing it in more dangerous, then getting it injected into the bloodstream. UGH, no. I got I would never do that...I'm not that vain and ridiculous.

ArmyGal ArmyGal

Your hair is not curly or frizzy so it's why you don't understand what great lengths women go through to get their hair straight. I personally would not do it but I've read that the formaldehyde was more dangerous to the hairstylist then it is to the person getting it. And there's many other links and websites people can look at for more information. Not one study YET, has proven it has caused health issues in any but the hair stylists. Google.



nonmember avatar Vee

Oh hi, I'm the hairstylist here. I also think dropping all sorts of money on these "Brazilian" blowouts makes you a moron. But do you know why? BECAUSE YOU'RE WASTING MONIES. I can straighten a Brillo pad with the right flat iron and blowdryer combination. If you give me some Biosilk (or even better, the much cheaper Heatglide by Redken) I can do it in less than 20 minutes. Just because someone doesn't have curly hair (and I do, so watch what you throw back at me... I have bushman hair, thanks) doesn't mean they can't see this as an expensive and potentially dangerous option. Ladies: if your stylist can't do it, get another one. For serious. They have other clients to pay their bills and chair rental fees. Find a stylist who CAN straighten your hair without that garbage for a reasonable price, and then take your pocketfull of bills otherwise meant for this "Brazilian" business and go buy a car, or a house, or whatever the heck it is people with too much bloody money do. Kk? Thx.

Pnukey Pnukey

I never heard of this before, so I'm pretty sure I've never had it done.

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