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I am curious about the Brazilian Blowout. What are stylits charging? And is it worth it compared to the Coppola Keritan Complex?

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Hi! I do the Brazilian Blowout. I'm not totally sure about the difference between the two, although I hear that with the Coppola it gets a bit straighter and you also have to wait a day or two before washing your hair. I love the BB. I charge $300 which includes the shampoo and conditioner from the company (which I purchase). I charge on the high end, but I work in an upscale area. However I went to a training in San Francisco and they were charging $350 there which did not include shampoo and conditioner. I also see people on craigslist charging $100. I can't do that. The BB claims that the service can be done in 90 mins but most of my clients take anywhere from 2-3 hours.
Let me make sure I understand, you are willing to subject yourself, your fellow stylists, and your guests to a known CANCER causing chemical for money?

$125. per x 4 (number that could be done in 8 hour day) = $500.00

Average cost per day in a hospital without treatment $1500.
Throw in a CT scan and a few tests and that amount can jump to $5000.

Other likely situation. A guest who receives a Keratin Treatment from you has a bad reaction to the service. They find out that you have subjected them to a toxic chemical, which has now been proven to be so, and they sue you and your salon. You as a "salon professional" are supposed to be aware of and advise people of the health risks of any service you perform. OHSA gets involved and finds you are performing this service WITHOUT proper ventilation. Oh oh......
Does this still sound "Not bad!" to you?

Educate yourself.
No amount of money is worth what you're risking to make it.
Brazilian Blowout is a company full of liars. Coppola is as well. They were just banned in the EU since their product releases alarming levels of formaldehyde as well.
Thank you so much for posting this here, and on facebook! When I asked my rep when I was going to get an MSDS sheet, or ingredient listing - he claimed that they didn't have to provide one. The Reps are so ridiculous sometimes.
we were told at a class hosted by that guy from Tabithas salon takeover that the kertin complex has "aldehyd" that crystalizes before it can ever bcome a gas or steam if you will thats created when you blowdry or flat iron. like the brazilian which has formaldehyd....still not sure if " aldehyd" is just fancy for bullshit.
This is so wrong I don't even know where to start.
Aldehyde is not a chemical. It is a grouping of chemicals, of which "form"aldehyde is the simplest form, which is a gas.
The aldehyde group in whatever aldehyde is used in the formula (methylene glycol, formal, glutaraldehyde, there are many names) links the keratin protein to the hair shaft. During this physical reaction to heat, the aldehyde decomposes rapidly into a gas, which is quite visible during these treatments, and that gas is? Formaldehyde.
Simply put, an aldehyde cannot "crystalize" when a flat iron is applied to it. Your "guy from Tabithas Salon Takeover" (as if that were some sort of actual credential) is either lying to you, or does not understand a damn thing about chemistry.
Tell him I said that if you see him again.
Soon...people will be saying... "I can't believe these companies got away with poisoning people for profit for so long. The results are in people... educate yourself, read the full article below.
Many of us already knew this stuff was toxic, despite Brazilian Blowout, Coppola, etc. lies to the contrary.

Emerging Issues and Alerts
Salon Hair Product Update (September 24, 2010)

Note: Please carefully read this update and the previously posted September 16, 2010 alert on this site.

Update on Laboratory Analysis:

As reported in our September 16 Emerging Issues and Alert post, CROET has been awaiting the analytical results for a second sample submitted by CROET through Oregon OSHA's Consultation Program. This second sample is of a product named Acai Professional Smoothing Solution (formaldehyde free) originally shipped by Brazilian Blowout to a Portland, Oregon area salon on 8/12/2010. Since September 16, 2010, CROET has been contacted by a number of stylists expressing concern about health effects they report having experienced while using both of the hair formulations.

Laboratory Findings:

The original container, which is labeled "formaldehyde free," was delivered to Oregon OSHA by CROET for sample analysis on September 1, 2010. The Oregon OSHA laboratory analyzed the sample using four different test methods. Formaldehyde was reported to be detected by each method at 10.6%, 6.3%, 10.6% and 10.4% of the product.

CROET Actions Taken:

* Requested that Oregon OSHA contact California OSHA to evaluate the accuracy of material safety data sheets provided to employers using Brazilian Blowout, which is a California-based company. CROET will also be working jointly with Oregon OSHA to address other related concerns as they arise, including alerting Federal OSHA to the issue.
* Submitted a report to the Food and Drug Administration regarding branding of the cosmetic.
* Submitted a report to the California Department of Public Health regarding the 2005 California Safe Cosmetic Act which collects and reports to the public information on hazardous and potentially hazardous ingredients in cosmetic products sold in California.

Recommendations and Resources:

* This alert targets only one brand of hair straightener because this product was the one used by the stylists seeking assistance through CROET's Toxicology Information Center. CROET recognizes that other brands used for the same purpose may contain hazardous ingredients. CROET encourages further discussion and testing of related products to ensure that stylists and those receiving hair treatments are being accurately informed and protected.
* CROET recommends that all stylists and consumers educate themselves on the cosmetics and personal care products that they are using and seek information about potentially hazardous ingredients from manufacturers and distributors of these products. Users should also consider how the product is to be used, and if an action (such as heating with flat irons) may increase exposure potential.
* Stylists and consumers looking for science-based information should be aware of information provided by the Cosmetic Ingredient Board (CIR) available at: Although it is not currently mandated that manufacturers follow the CIR recommendations, the CIR can be a useful source of information. For example, the CIR notes formaldehyde use in cosmetics as "safe with the following qualification: … ≤0.2% as free Formaldehyde, but keep to minimum; and should not be used in products intended to be aerosolized." (
* More information on occupational health and safety in the beauty and salon industry is available at: CROET will be creating an alert relating to this issue and users will find it listed here when it is available.
* Further questions can be emailed to

Salon Hair Product (September 16, 2010)

The Problem

CROET was contacted by a salon based in Portland, Oregon, regarding a product used in their salon that had caused difficulty breathing, nose bleeds and eye irritation in stylists using the product as directed. The salon discontinued the use of the product, due to these adverse effects. The product, named Brazilian Blowout Solution, is used as a hair straightener and is heated with flat irons during the treatment process. The material safety data sheet accompanying the product listed no hazardous ingredients or impurities. No chemical ingredients label appears on the container. This specific product was shipped on 8/31/2009 from Brazilian Blowout and is described as “34 oz/1-Liter Brazilian Blowout Solution.”


CROET requested consultative services through Oregon OSHA to chemically analyze this product. The original container was delivered to Oregon OSHA for analysis. Test results demonstrated that the product contains 4.85% formaldehyde. The product also was found to contain methanol, ethanol, beta hydroxyl ethyl methacrylate, and hexadecanol.

Formaldehyde is classified as a probable human carcinogen and mutagen. Formaldehyde is also corrosive and can severely irritate or damage the skin, mouth, eyes and throat. Formaldehyde may cause a skin allergy and an asthma-like allergy. Employers who expose employees to this chemical are subject to the OSHA Formaldehyde Standard requiring training, air monitoring, personal protective equipment to prevent exposure, and in some cases, medical surveillance. OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard also requires any employer with employees working with hazardous materials to provide effective training and accurate material safety data sheets to identify hazardous materials and how to prevent exposure. If a product contains more than 0.1% formaldehyde, OSHA requires the manufacturer to list it on the material safety data sheet.

CROET is awaiting analytical results for a product named Acai Professional Smoothing Solution (formaldehyde free) originally shipped by Brazilian Blowout on 8/12/2010. We will report on the analytical finding for this sample as we receive it.


CROET is requesting that OSHA investigate why material safety data sheets accompanying this product do not identify the hazardous constituents. CROET recommends salons using this product to contact the manufacturer to request material safety data sheets that accurately identify any hazardous ingredients, and consider evaluating less toxic alternatives. CROET recommends that consumers become informed about the possible toxicities of the salon services they are requesting, and learn about healthier alternatives.
want to be updated on all results very concerned
On a scale from 1-10, my clients who received the BB give it an average of "9". There is a desire and a satisfaction from this service. The threat of toxicity should be decided by the professional and the client. Like any chemical we come in contact with in the salon, we need to use it properly and ensure safety. Everything else is an opinion.
I'm fairly certain there's a difference between opinion and fact.

Formaldehyde is recognized as a carcinogen by the WHO. I think I'll take their 'opinion' when it comes to my health, thanks.
i had the brazilian blowout done. i loved it but its dangerous. i'm happy the recent OSHA findings are exposing the chemical content of these solutions because i've read too many stories about the terrible side effects from those who received the treatment. the salon i went to has a ventilation system that they use in order to continue performing the process, but also to keep the stylists and us clients, safe.

my stylist gave me the product information:
i really encourage those interested in getting the BB to check this products out and find a salon near them that has these systems. also, if you're a stylist who performs the BB, then your should REALLY check out these systems. i wouldn't even consider getting this process done if i hadn't found out about these systems. no scalp itch or side effects! and my hair looks great!
That's all very well, but what about the long term effects of having formaldehyde breaking down near your face for about 3 months? Will it be released everytime I was my hair, or blowdry it, or flat iron?


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