UPDATE: Research Center Finds Formaldehyde in “Formaldehyde-Free” Brazilian Blowout

On September 28th, we blogged about the statements posted by Oregon Health & Science University’s (OHSU) Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology regarding the toxic ingredients found in two hair straightening solutions sold by Brazilian Blowout.

To view our last blog entry discussing the initial findings of this research: Click Here.


On October 1st, OSHU presented additional information on their website about the second sample they tested: Acai Professional Smoothing Solution labeled “formaldehyde free.”

In addition to the formaldehyde concentration found in this product [10.6%, 6.3%, 10.6% and 10.4% using four different sampling methods], the Oregon OSHA also found the product to contain methanol, ethanol, 1-hexadecenanol, and phenol (at undetermined concentrations).

Oregon OSHA also received a sample of Acai Professional Smoothing Solution from a third Portland-area salon that contained formaldehyde concentrations of 8.4% and 8.6% [utilizing two different testing methods].

OSHU recommends “that salons either cease using this specific brand of hair straightener or take full precautions as identified by OSHA’s Formaldehyde Standard” and that “salons should recognize the potential for formaldehyde or other hazardous chemicals to be present in other brands of chemical hair straighteners. Salons are urged to carefully evaluate and request science-based information on the ingredients, including accurate material safety data sheets, and to not use products until such information is available or provided.” (http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/research/centers-institutes/croet/emerging-issues-and-alerts.cfm)

For Oregon OSHA’s formaldehyde standard, click here.
For the United States Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) formaldehyde standard, click here.

For further information on ventilation and purification methods to help improve air quality during these hair straightening treatments, please call Melissa Vaughn at Sentry Air Systems at 713-690-2153 or email us at bktinfo@sentryair.com.

Or visit www.bktformaldehyde.com – our website dedicated to BKT safety.