Brazilian Blowout agrees to settlement, but the formaldehyde will stay

Mary Louise Parker

Mary Louise Parker lost locks of her hair to this formaldehyde-dependent straightening treatment

Remember when Mary Louise Parker’s hair fell out from the Brazilian Blowout?

That’s bound to keep happening to other beauties longing for silky straight locks in the future. Except from now on, they’ll be warned.

According to the New York Times, the makers of the Brazilian Blowout agreed to settle a class action lawsuit this week for $4.5 million. Customers who were harmed by the product will receive up to three payments of $35 for each treatment they had and stylists will get $75 for each bottle they bought.

So let us just clarify: For unknowingly being exposed to a carcinogen linked to cancer, you’ll be compensated in an amount equivalent to one spin class. Stylists exposed to the product on a daily basis don’t get much more.

Worth knowing if nothing else? Brazilian Blowout will not be required to remove formaldehyde from the formula. Instead, they won’t be allowed to market it as “formaldehyde-free” and will have to provide “detailed instructions on how to use it safely.”

How about the words “contains formaldehyde”? Or “may cause a variety of health risks”? We’d love to see that clearly indicated on the label!

Let’s hope most hair stylists will read between the lines and valuing safety (or the ability to use their lungs to breathe) ditch the product altogether. If nothing else, the FDA is requiring the company to reduce formaldehyde levels by this coming September.

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  1. March 8th, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    I remember when I first started hearing about the Brazilian blowout, it sounded like the perfect fix for my frizz. But I waited because there didn’t seem to be a lot of info out there about HOW it worked. I’m glad I waited. I feel especially bad for the stylists, who are only doing their jobs and bowing to customer demands.

  2. March 9th, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    […] styles, food from Organic Lives, Ayurvedic medicine, naturopathy, and bodywork.Curls are cuter. Brazilian Blowout settled a lawsuit for $4.5 million this week, but while it has to pay those “harmed” by its product, it will continue to manufacture […]

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