Brazilian blowout– along with other hair smoothing treatments – contains formaldehyde and chemicals that can cause both acute and long-term health problems.
Some of reported side effects include the following:
- Hair loss
- Burning in the eyes
- Skin irritations, particularly in the scalp
- Ears and nose irritation
- Allergic reaction
- Difficulty in breathing
- Hair loss
- Allergic Reactions
Allergic reaction manifest in the form of itching, skin irritation, burning eyes and throat, and asthma attacks. Your dermatologist will give the complete advice on which products to stay away from. It is important to let your hair stylist know if you have any history of allergic reactions.
Health Risks of Formaldehyde
Formaldehyde is a chemical that is present in many products as a preservative, an embalming agent and a disinfectant. Formaldehyde can also modify our hair proteins, causing the hair to return to its original, smooth, healthy state.
Formaldehyde is classified as a suspected human carcinogen, according to Agency and federal OSHA and it can cause acute and long-term health problems in sensitive persons, including breathing difficulties, nausea and bloody noses.
Formaldehyde levels of above 0.1 ppm in the air can irritate your nose, throat, and lungs. If formaldehyde levels go up, the symptoms will get worse. Longer-term risks of exposure are more troubling.
You can be exposed to formaldehyde by:
- Breathing it in through your nose and mouth
- Getting it on your skin
- Getting it in your eyes or mouth
- Applied to your hair
- Heated on your head with high temperature blow dryers and flat irons
- Being used on other customers in a saloon
Exposure to formaldehyde can cause:
- Eye irritation
- Nose irritation, including bloody noses
- Skin irritation, itching and rashes
- Upper respiratory tract irritation and breathing difficulties, such as coughing and wheezing
People with respiratory diseases may be more sensitive than others when breathing formaldehyde.
Brazilian Blowout Alternative
If you want the smooth, frizz free hair without potential side effects, there are some highly effective alternatives to chemical straightening treatments.
To get the quality, long lasting straightening and smoothing results you need to spend good money on a very high quality, ceramic plated flat iron. Quality flat iron should go up to 410 degrees, as this is the temperature that really helps smooth the cuticle and infuse intense shine.
Other features to look for which help to seal the cuticle and get shiny hair, are tourmaline and ionic functions. Tourmaline and ionic features mean that the product uses the negative ions technology to make the hair shiny and dramatically cut down the straightening time.