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Hair Hype Gone Hazardous

Written by Emilie Smetak, Community blogger | Jun 9, 2012 12:53 PM

With summer on our heels and the humidity index constantly on a rise, all women are looking for easy ways to prevent their hair from frizzing, while maintaining a healthy appearance. This desire has inspired the use of many hair straightening treatments, including the Brazilian Blowout and Keratin Treatment. The allure of permanently straight hair presents the products as being totally beneficial, saving you both primping time and bad-hair-day frustration. Unfortunately, these treatments do not offer a win-win situation and recent studies have highlighted the health related risks associated with such products. In this article, I address the negative aspects of the Brazilian Blowout, while offering safer solutions.


As you have most likely noticed, the recent hair hype has been all about the Brazilian Blowout. This product totally transforms wavy, frizzy hair into a shiny, straight and healthier look. The results are almost magical, causing the customers to continue coming back for more. That is until the Food and Drug Administration stepped in. Thanks to their work, the dangerous amounts of carcinogenic formaldehyde contained in this product have been revealed. Upon further research, the Brazilian Blowout has also been found to contain methylene glycol (a substance used to produce formaldehyde) in quantities exceeding the legal safety limit by ten times. These chemicals make the procedure hazardous for both customers and stylists alike. Side effects linked directly to the Brazilian Blowout include chest aches, headaches, vomiting, dizziness, blurred vision, and skin rashes.


While these reports prove shocking, there are still options. One of safer alternatives is the Keratin solution, which now offers formaldehyde free products that manage to retain the same, remarkable results. No product proves this statement more true then the Keratin Shot. The Keratin Shot contains Formuleen, which is produced when formaldehyde is broken down, causing the toxins to be eliminated. This treatment lasts for approximately three months and can be applied to all types of hair.


Before deciding on any brand of hair straightening treatments, remember to thoroughly research all the negative side affects, so that you are one hundred percent aware of what you are getting into. Your hair stylist would also serve as a good source of recommendations. That being said once you have decided on a safe treatment, be prepared to be amazed! The results are incredible, leaving you with the fresh, summer look you have always been craving.

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