The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has finally issued a Hazard Alert for those using Brazilian Blowout Products for hair straightening. Concern surfaced when a stylist reported having nosebleeds, eye irritation, and trouble breathing while using a Brazilian Blowout product labeled "formaldehyde-free."

The alarming thing is that some of these products contain formaldehyde but aren’t listing it which has resulted in these health issues. The toxic ingredient has been linked to many maladies from blindness if eyes come in contact with it to cancer. Some salons have gone to great lengths to prevent this by either banning the product or taking precautions (eye wash stations, proper ventilation, etc) to ensure that both workers and customers aren't injured.

Unfortunately, the FDA hasn’t taken an initiative as strong as OSHA which is why so many of these Brazilian blowout knockoffs have littered the marketplace. Facing pressure from media, state, and government agencies, the makers of Brazilian Blowout introduced their Zero line in March. This product line claims to be formaldehyde-free. Then again the Oregon Health & Science University found formaldehyde levels as high as 4.85 to 10.6 percent in a treatment – that claimed to be formaldehyde free. It’s almost impossible to tell what you’re getting in a bottle these days which is why we need stricter enforcement from the FDA.

If only Mary-Louise Parker had known the potential issues. In April, the actress had a Brazilian Blowout and noted that she ended up losing hair due to the treatment. In an interview with The New York Times Magazine, Parker said the following when asked if she had any beauty mishaps lately:  "I've experienced hair fall-out in the past, and it is not fun. This treatment resulted in more".

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