April 13, 2011: Official Statements from Brazilian Blowout down the page
I always get the call - 'are you still doing the Brazilian Blowout?' I hear the desperation in the voice and wish I could just come out and say yes. Sadly, I can't accept new clients for this awesome service. I still hope, Health Canada will work with Brazilian Blowout just as OSHA (Occupation Safety and Health Administration) did in Portland, Oregon. Because OSHA has found Brazilian Blowout to be safe for both the hairdresser and client.
I have been working hard to find an alternative especially for ethnic hair; Persian Hair, East Indian Hair and African Canadian Hair. There is the new Brazilian Blowout Zero which worked great for European hair and Asian Hair that just want the frizz to be tamed. That said in defense of Brazilian Blowout, they never did say it was a straightening product, rather it is a smoothing treatment. It was the press that referred to it as a straightening product. That said, Brazilian Blowout is a fabulous product that created many raving fans of mine. I will keep you posted with any changes, so stay in touch and thank you for visiting my website.
Fight frizzies with a Brazilian Blowout: 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, 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 is Brazilian Blowout?
The only professional smoothing treatment that improves the health of the hair
Q. Who is the best candidate for the Brazilian Blowout?
A. It has been our experience, that good candidates for the Brazilian Blowout are anyone who has frizzy, damaged or processed hair. We have performed the treatment on every hair type (fine/course/frizzy, curly), as well as hair that has been permed, Japanese straightened and extensions. In doing so, we have found that with proper communication and a well considered application, everyone can benefit from the Brazilian Blowout smoothing treatment.
Q. What kind of look will you get from the Brazilian Blowout?
A. The hair will be left totally frizz-free, shiny, effortlessly manageable and with plenty of body and bounce. There will still be the option to wear hair curly/wavy (depending on the hair type) and the freedom to blow dry hair smooth and straight in a fraction of the time invested prior to receiving the treatment.
Q. Can I still receive a Brazilian Blowout if I have highlights and/or color?
A. Yes, the Brazilian Blowout will actually improve the health of color-treated/highlighted hair by conditioning the hair while sealing the cuticle for enhanced color, reduced frizz and radiant shine.
Q. Is the Brazilian Blowout going to make my hair straight?
A. If your hair is wavy, the Brazilian Blowout will make your hair appear naturally straight and healthy. If your hair is very curly, it will minimize frizz while enhancing the appearance of the natural wave/curl. If you have straight, frizzy hair, this treatment will eliminate frizz and promote radiant shine.
Q. How long does the Brazilian Blowout last?
A. The Brazilian Blowout will last for 10-12 weeks if the Acai After-Care Maintenance product line is used. The Brazilian Blowout is a cumulative treatment, in that the more you receive it, the healthier the hair will be and the longer the result will last.
Q. Can you apply the Brazilian Blowout directly on top of other relaxers and strengtheners?
A. Yes. The Brazilian Blowout actually works best on chemically treated hair, and helps to improve the hairs condition by fortifying each strand with essential amino acids.
The Brazilian Blowout works great directly on top of a relaxer. Perform the relaxer first, Brazilian Blowout next, and then neutralize at the very end of both treatments.
The Brazilian Blowout is great to perform when someone is trying to move away from having relaxers or Japanese straighteners. It puts movement back into the hair, allowing the hair to look its best.
Q. Will my hair lose volume if I receive the Brazilian Blowout?
A. No, your hair will not lose volume as a result of receiving the Brazilian Blowout. Your hair will maintain its natural volume and you will still receive great bend and memory when blow-drying and/or using a curling iron.
Q. Will my hair return to its original state after the Brazilian Blowout treatment has completed its life cycle?
A. Yes, the hair will revert to its original state once the Brazilian Blowout treatment has completed its life cycle of 10-12 weeks, however, the condition of the hair will actually improve as a result of the fortifying and conditioning nature of the product.
Q. Can you color your hair the same day you receive a Brazilian Blowout?
A. Yes, however, you must color your hair prior to having the Brazilian Blowout smoothing treatment. If you are coloring hair dark brunette or red, you will want to color the hair a shade darker than you otherwise would, as the hair color will experience fading during the Brazilian Blowout treatment.
Q. Can you swim in the pool or ocean after you have the Brazilian Blowout treatment?
A. Yes, you can swim in either the pool or the ocean after you receive the Brazilian Blowout treatment, however, the treatment may be slightly compromised if you swim on a regular basis. We recommend that you apply the Brazilian Blowout Smoothing Serum on the hair prior to swimming in order to act as a protective barrier to maintain the smoothest possible result for the longest period of time.
Q. How soon can you touch up your color after you receive the Brazilian Blowout Treatment?
A. You should wait at least two weeks to administer color to the hair after you receive the Brazilian Blowout, as the color will not deposit as effectively with the protein protective layer provided by the smoothing treatment.
If clients need to touch up color/roots in between treatments, this is ok, as the hair being touched up is new growth and does not have the treatment on it. If you need to highlight or pull the full color through the entire head of hair, make sure that the client is using the Brazilian Blowout masque at least once or twice a week to fortify the treatment back into the hair.
Q. How soon can I wash my hair after the Brazilian Blowout treatment?
A. You can wash your hair immediately after the Brazilian Blowout treatment, or as you would normally.
Q. Can I receive the Brazilian Blowout if I have over-processed blonde hair? What if my hair is platinum blonde?
A. It is important for every stylist to assess the condition of the client’s hair to make sure it is in a healthy enough state to apply extreme heat through the use of a flat iron. If it is felt that the hair is in questionable condition, the recommendation is to turn the flat iron down from 450 degrees to approx. 380-420. The stylist will have to determine the appropriate amount of heat to apply.
Q. Can you perform a Brazilian Blowout on extensions?
A. Yes, the Brazilian Blowout performs perfectly on hair extensions. It would be best for the stylist to perform the Brazilian Blowout separately on the extensions prior to putting them into the hair. If you wish to perform the treatment on extensions that are already in the hair, the stylist will need to be extremely careful when applying the solution to the bonded area. Brazilian Blowout solution acts as a conditioning agent, and may create slip resulting in the extensions separating from the hair. If the stylist is careful and works to first separate the extension hair from the client’s own hair, a great result can be achieved.
Q. Can I receive a Brazilian Blowout if I am pregnant or breast feeding?
A. There have been no clinical tests performed on the safety of performing the Brazilian Blowout on pregnant women or women who are breastfeeding. As a result, we do advise against pregnant or breast feeding women receiving the Brazilian Blowout treatment.
Q. How soon can I receive a Brazilian Blowout treatment after I receive my first treatment?
A. The Brazilian Blowout is just like a conditioning treatment, so you will not harm the hair by performing them too soon or too much, however, please remember that you can only fill the cuticle to its capacity. If a client wants to come back for another treatment, or it did not take to he hair the way it should have, you can have the client come back in 10 days following the first treatment.
Q. What is the active chemical in the Brazilian Blowout solution that makes it work so well?
A. The Brazilian Blowout smooths the hair through the use of a proprietary polymer system that bonds amino acids to the surface of the hair. This treatment is 100% salon safe. What makes the Brazilian Blowout treatment effective is our use of the Super Nutrient Complex in conjunction with a proprietary polymer system. This combination is what rounds the follicle, smooths the cuticle and repairs any preexisting damage.
Q. How is the Brazilian Blowout different from the Japanese straightening method many people are familiar with?
A. Japanese hair straightening changes the actual structure of the hair. In doing so, there is an obvious difference between the new hair growth and the hair that has been treated, resulting in a life-long commitment to continuing the straightener or cutting hair off (if client is unhappy with the result). This service can also leave the hair flat, too straight and with little to no shine or luster. The hair's integrity seems to be compromised, and after a few treatments, the hair appears to be in an unhealthy state.
Brazilian Blowout Proven Safe by Oregon OSHA
Updated December 17, 2010
Exposure to Cosmetologists and Clients Is Well Below OSHA's Air Level Requirements
LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - November 10, 2010) - On October 29, 2010, Oregon OSHA released results of a comprehensive air monitoring study conducted across seven salons. Each case yielded Formaldehyde exposure levels well beneath OSHA's Action Level, Permissible Exposure Level, and Short-Term Exposure Level.OSHA's Action Level of 0.5 parts per million is the most stringent level of exposure set by the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
The average Formaldehyde gas exposure level for the seven salons tested by Oregon OSHA was 0.079 parts per million; over six times lower than the OSHA Action Level of 0.5 parts per million.
Sample Case Study #7 (cited directly from Oregon OSHA's recent report entitled "Keratin Based" Hair Smoothing Products And the Presence of Formaldehyde):
Case 7: The seventh salon had four stations with a false ceiling. No doors or windows were left open and the stylist did not use any fans during the treatment. She did not wear gloves.
Breathing zone samples were placed on the stylist during the process, which took 94 minutes. The samples were changed every 15 minutes. Samples were also placed to the right of the stylist, near the stylist's sink and to the left of the stylist. The stylist's peak exposure was 0.471 ppm, while applying the solution. Her average exposure during the procedure was 0.255 ppm and the 8 hour average was 0.050 ppm.
The results did not exceed the 8-hour limit and it is unlikely that multiple treatments would have done so.
CONCLUSION: Air sample tests conducted by Oregon OSHA demonstrate that Formaldehyde exposure levels are safely below OSHA's Action Level.
Brazilian Blowout Proven Safe by Oregon OSHA
Updated December 17, 2010
Suit Claims OR-OSHA Manipulated Tests and Wrongfully Promotes Fear Of Brazilian Blowout Product.
LOS ANGELES, CA, December 16, 2010 -- The Company that does business as Brazilian Blowout, GIB, LLC, has filed a lawsuit against Oregon OSHA demanding that the agency stop reporting false and misleading test results about its popular hair smoothing product. The complaint says Oregon OSHA manipulated testing that wrongly asserts that Brazilian Blowout Acai Professional Smoothing Solution is unsafe.
The maker of the popular hair smoothing product says Oregon OSHA has done irreparable harm to the company and the professional beauty industry, including tens of thousands of hair salons and stylists, by distributing inaccurate product testing results and using improper testing protocol.
According to the complaint, Oregon OSHA wrongfully issued alerts after claiming to have measured high levels of "Formaldehyde" in product testing of Brazilian Blowout solution, when in fact they were measuring and reporting concentrations of a completely different substance called "Methylene Glycol." That led to widespread media coverage and created unwarranted fears about the hair straightening product among hair stylists and customers across the country.
“Leading chemists agree that Methylene Glycol and Formaldehyde are very different, both chemically and physically. Methylene Glycol is a liquid; Formaldehyde is a gas that can be inhaled,” said Mike Brady, CEO of Brazilian Blowout. “Yet Oregon OSHA has inaccurately declared that these are "synonyms" even though these two substances have very different chemical compositions and belong to different chemical families.”
The lawsuit states, “OR-OSHA has engaged in activities that are unlawful, ultra vires, defamatory, negligent, and retaliatory in nature. As a result of these activities and the inaccurate, misleading, harmful, and prejudicial press releases by OR-OSHA, as well as its improper testing methodologies, GIB has lost sales, consumer goodwill, and industry market share.”
The complaint also claims that OR-OSHA misrepresented results of air sample tests on Brazilian Blowout, when in fact its testing showed air quality during use of the product was safely below OSHA limits.
Brazilian Blowout is demanding an injunction that stops Oregon OSHA from disseminating any further information related to the formaldehyde content of Brazilian Blowout or from claiming that the use Brazilian Blowout exceeds air quality standards. The company also wants the court to order OR-OSHA to remove from their websites damaging press releases, the “Hair Smoothing Report” and all other references to GIB or Brazilian Blowout. Brazilian Blowout also wants the court to order OR-OSHA to disseminate an explanation admitting to the inaccurate results and improper protocol used in the Report.
See the lawsuit at: www.brazilianblowoutcomplaint.com
Oregon OSHA Confirms: Exposure to Cosmetologists and Clients is well below OSHA’s Air Level Requirements.
Updated November 1, 2010
OSHA’s Action Level of 0.5 parts per million is the most stringent level of exposure set by the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
On October 29, 2010, Oregon OSHA released results of a comprehensive air monitoring study conducted across seven salons. Each case yielded formaldehyde exposure levels well beneath OSHA’s Action Level, Permissible Exposure Level (PEL), and Short-Term Exposure Level.
The average Formaldehyde gas exposure level for the seven salons tested by Oregon OSHA was 0.079 parts per million; well beneath the OSHA Action Level of 0.5 parts per million.
Sample Case Study #7 (cited directly from Oregon OSHA’s recent report entitled “Keratin Based” Hair Smoothing Products And the Presence of Formaldehyde):
Case 7: The seventh salon had four stations with a false ceiling. No doors or window were left open and the stylist did not use any fans during the treatment. She did not wear gloves.
Breathing zone samples were placed on the stylist during the process, which took 94 minutes. The samples were changed every 15 minutes. Samples were also placed to the right of the stylist, near the stylist’s sink and to the left of the stylist. The stylist’s peak exposure was 0.471 ppm, while applying the solution. Her average exposure during the procedure was 0.255 ppm and the 8 hour average was 0.050 ppm.
The results did not exceed the 8-hour limit and it is unlikely that multiple treatments would have done so.
In referencing Brazilian Blowouts recently released air sample test results, Oregon OSHA confirms the following:
“The company released air monitoring results on October 15, 2010, taken from two stylists performing two treatments each in a single salon. The only results reported were for the eight-hour average exposure, which came to 0.064 ppm for one stylist and 0.073 ppm for the other. The middle of the salon also was tested, providing an eight-hour average of 0.016.58
In general, these results – although less detailed – are not inconsistent with Oregon OSHA’s air monitoring results, which included both results that were higher and results that were lower than those reported by the company.”
CONCLUSION: Air sample tests conducted by Oregon OSHA and HSA (those published by Brazilian Blowout) yield remarkably consistent results; both demonstrating that formaldehyde exposure levels are safely below OSHA’s Action Level.
Internationally known Scientist, Doug Schoon, responds to misleading claims by Oregon OSHA that "Methylene Glycol" is a synonym for "Formaldehyde".
PRESS RELEASE: For Immediate Release - October 9, 2010
For more information please contact:
Doug Schoon, M.S. Chemistry
President, Schoon Scientific
Dana Point, CA.
"Oregon OSHA is quoting the "regulations", but their scientists know the regulations are contrary to the scientific facts and have recently told me this!
In reality, Methylene Glycol and Formaldehyde are very different, both chemically and physically! Methylene Glycol is a liquid; Formaldehyde is a gas. Even so, Oregon OSHA has recently declared that these are "synonyms", yet these two substances have very different chemical compositions and belong to different chemical families, the Aldehyde vs. Alcohols*.
Also in 1972, both Methylene Glycol and Formaldehyde were assigned different CAS registry numbers indicating the American Chemical Society also believes these are different and unique chemical substances. Chemists with an understanding of organic chemistry will agree, whatever their opinion about these substances, that Methylene Glycol and Formaldehyde are two completely different chemicals.
It is unfortunate that this world-wide misunderstand continues to propagating confusion and mislead medical, environmental and other scientific researchers around the world. Confusion between these two chemicals is wrongly affecting important scientific research and correcting this error is long overdue. Scientific researchers and others should be educated to the facts; Methylene Glycol and Formaldehyde are NOT the same chemical substance.
I have considerable respect for OSHA and very much appreciate the great work they do to improve worker safety. Even so, OSHA should correct the regulations to be consistent with scientific facts. They should consider Methylene Glycol and Formaldehyde as two unique and individual substances, measure them as such and individually report their concentrations using correct chemical names."
*Glycols belong to the Alcohol family of chemical substances
Also know as Methanediol & Formalin, with CAS #463-57-0, this chemical is NOT on the list of "CHEMICALS KNOWN TO THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA TO CAUSE CANCER OR REPRODUCTIVE TOXICITY"
Further, from a conversation with Doug Schoon regarding pregnant women, "These chemicals are NOT teratogens, so they are very unlikely to harm a fetus." It is still, and always will be the policy of Stella Luca Salons to strongly advise against pregnant women or nursing mothers from receiving this treatment. It has not been directly tested on pregnant women (for obvious reasons).