Brazilian Blowouts, Even More Toxic Than We Thought
The bad press continues for the Brazilian blowout. Today the Los Angeles Times is reporting that the treatment may be bad for health. They even spoke to one of our favorite toxicologists: Michael J. DiBartolomeis, head of the California Department of Public Health’s Safe Cosmetics Program. Some of you may remember Dr. DiBartolomeis from the book, where he helped us navigate some of the complicated science around chemicals. Here’s what he told the LA Times about symptoms and risks:
Michael J. DiBartolomeis says short-term symptoms from breathing formaldehyde vapors include headache; watering, burning, irritated eyes; a severely irritated inner lining of the nose or a bloody nose; and restricted breathing, similar to an asthmatic attack. Longer-term exposure can cause reduced pulmonary function or lung damage and raises the risk of cancer.
Jezebel, Nadine Jolie and other favorite sites have been covering the issue as well. And as Jolie reported today, a class action suit is already underway in British Columbia after samples tested in Canada turned out to contain 12% formaldehyde. 12%!
We couldn’t be happier to finally see this issue get the full attention it deserves. As many of you know, the Brazilian is what started us on our clean mission in the first place. We look forward to hearing your experiences with it above.