(NEW YORK) — Five months ago, the federal government put out a hazard alert about the hair-smoothing treatment, Brazilian Blowout, warning that it contains liquid formaldehyde that can turn into formaldehyde gas when heated during a treatment.
But are salons up-to-date on the news that the product does, indeed, contain a form of formaldehyde? ABC News visited 16 salons to find out.
Every salon said they had no safety concerns. Twelve said the product contains very little formaldehyde, while four were not aware that it contained formaldehyde. The salons all had outdated versions of Brazilian Blowout’s literature and bottles, which said “formaldehyde free.”
Now, the company’s bottles of solution carry a warning label to alert stylists to the potential formaldehyde risk and the need to perform the treatment in a well-ventilated area. The company says if the product is used as directed it is safe.
Brazilian Blowout isn’t the only hair-smoothing treatment that contains formaldehyde. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, several other products contain the gas, or can expose you to it during use, even though they may not list formaldehyde on their labels.
Click HERE to see a list of those products.
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