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Makers of the Brazilian Blowout forced by the FDA to admit their product causes cancer!

 

I just read this article on Brazilian Blowout, and it floored me! I had to pass along the information. If you or someone you know has done this – pass it along!

Last year, Brazilian Blowout–a popular Brazilian keratin straightening treatments currently offered at salons–was under fire from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (F.D.A.) for containing “dangerous levels” of formaldehyde in its product, despite the fact that its label claimed it was “Formaldehyde Free.” Since then, the company denied the claims and stood by their labeling. But now, it seems they have had a change of heart and have agreed to alert consumers that two of its products emit formaldehyde gas, a possible carcinogen. How nice of them to finally let us know that our quest for straight hair was so toxic.

The labeling changes are designed to settle a lawsuit that was filed in California last November, when the attorney general’s office accused the Hollywood-based company of deceptive advertising. Not only did their labeling state the product was free of formaldehyde, which can irritate the eyes, skin and lungs, but it was found to have anywhere from 8.7 to 10.4% formaldehyde, which is multiple times that of the 0.2 percentage that peer-reviewed Cosmetic Ingredient Review board considers safe for consumers.

California’s Attorney General, Kamala Harris, said in a statement:
“California laws protect consumers and workers and give them fair notice about the health risks associated with the products they use. This settlement requires the company to disclose any hazard so that Californians can make informed choices.”

To which Brazilian Blowout is responding by paying a whopping $600,000 in penalties and fines for failing to notify consumers and hair stylists that its products contain chemicals that may cause cancer. They have also agreed to have their products tested for all toxic substances at a state-approved lab, and include proper labeling on their products alerting consumers of the formaldehyde content–which, of course, most salons already suspected anyway.

Not that this changes anything with the product. Brazilian Blowout is continuing to manufacture and sell the same formula. The only difference is that now consumers should know better than to buy it.

Not sold? Here’s another scathing article from the NY Times.

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FIRST LOOK: Kim Kardashian changes her hair color! Love it or hate it?

Kim posted these pictures on her website of her “new” hair color. I can tell she got highlights (which I love, actually), but I wouldn’t really call this a drastic change!

She wrote “I dyed my hair yesterday! I’m loving it! New hair color=new beginnings for me. Like it?”

What do you think of her new color?

Sanaa Lathan Named New Face Of Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Collection

Sanaa Lathan has been named the new face of Pantene’s Pro-V Nature Fusion Collection. The gorgeous actress seems like a perfect fit to me!

Lathan will be the face of Pantene’s natural-based hair products, which claims “It’s in our nature to be strong and balanced.”

The 40-year-old actress is raving about being a part of the campaign. “I am so excited to be a part of a brand with such a strong history. And people just love their products; it’s such a respected brand. I love that they went for a Black woman. It just shows that they continue to support beauty in all shades and all textures.”


New Trend: Botox for Hair?

L’Oreal has released a new in-salon Professional Fiberceutic Fiber Filling Treatment. In other words, Botox for hair.

Celebrity stylist Negin Zand at Sally Hershberger’s West Hollywood Salone is already using the product on her celebrity clients, and the response has been great!

Who in particular? “Everyone,” she says, with a sly smile. And we know her list of clients includes Jennifer Aniston, Angelina Jolie, Sheryl Crow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kate Hudson, Reese Witherspoon, Kate Bosworth, Scarlett Johansson, Cate Blanchett, Diane Lane, Meg Ryan, Evan Rachel Wood, Jessica Biel, Jane Fonda, Megan Fox, Carey Mulligan, to name just a few.

This new L’Oreal product finds the damage in the hair strands and smooths out the surface, hence the nickname Botox for Hair. Zand explains: “The product is really great for women with fine, dry or colored hair and hair that’s gotten damaged from blow drying and flat-ironing. It makes the hair smoother, shinier, silkier. But it can only be professionally once applied every six weeks. Like everything, there can be too much of a good thing.”

The active molecule — trademarked as Intra-Cylane — is currently only available through salons and must be applied by hair-dressers. It is washed into the hair using a shampoo, and then once the hair has been towel dried, more of the chemical is added in serum form. Inside word is that L’Oreal will soon launch a range of consumer Botox for Hair shampoos and conditioners to be used in between the salon treatments. The treatment costs $100 at the Hershberger salon, located at 760 North La Cienega Boulevard, West Hollywood.

This new miracle product is just in time for the 2012 awards season. We’re gonna go on record predicting a major hair trend: shiny, silky hair on the nominees and presenters at the Critics Choice, Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild, Independent Spirit Awards and the Oscars.

I would be happy to offer my hair up as a test dummy if anyone local is looking to try it out! This helps explain why most these female celebs have amazing hair!

So I Googled this product, and did find that you can buy it on Amazon, although that kinda scares me.

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