Celeb Beauty Crisis: Nicole's Hair Treatment Could Contain Formaldehyde!

Nicole and other stars love the Brazilian Blowout, but is it safe?

Celeb Beauty Crisis: Nicole’s Hair Treatment Could Contain Formaldehyde!

Nicole and other stars love the Brazilian Blowout, but is it safe?

-Jane Farrell

Nicole Richie with a friend

Brazilian Blowout, the product line that says it can straighten your hair for up to three months, may contain a dangerous chemical, according to the government.

The federal Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) got involved after stylists at an Oregon hair salon reported nosebleeds, eye irritation, and difficulty breathing, according to the Huffington Post. Tests found that the Brazilian Blowout products used by the stylists contained a small amount of formaldehyde, a chemical that the federal Environmental Protection Administration has classified as a probable carcinogen.

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The Brazilian Blowout, which costs up to $500, has been one of Nicole Richie’s favorite beauty treatment. Other stars, including Lindsay Lohan and Halle Berry, have reportedly used the 90-minute procedure. And Jennifer Aniston reportedly appeared to have a Brazilian blowout at the premiere of Switch earlier this summer.

The Brazilian Blowout company issued a statement saying, “Because OSHA did not request a sample from the company directly, there is no reason to believe that the formulation tested and found positive for traces of formaldehyde was indeed Brazilian Blowout product. This represents a clear violation of proper testing protocol…”

Tell us: Would you get a hair treatment if you knew it contained a small amount of a hazardous chemical? (Huffington Post, ABC News)

Jane Farrell is a senior editor at BettyConfidential.


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