Brazilian Blowout – Yes, It Contains Cancer Causer

By Tamryn |

The makers of the Brazilian Blowout line of hair straightening treatments have settled a lawsuit with the state of California, agreeing to include warnings that two of their products can expose stylists and their clients to formaldehyde gas, a carcinogenic.

California-based company GIB had previously claimed that the Brazilian Blowout products were “formaldehyde free.”

The Federal Drug Administration disagreed. Following complaints about health issues arising from the use of Brazilian Blowout, the FDA found it had levels of formaldehyde in the 8 to 10 percent range. Meanwhile, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that anything with levels of just 0.1 percent of the cancer-causing substance have a warning.

In August 2011, the FDA, in a letter to the makers of the popular hair smoothing product, said: “Brazilian Blowout contains methylene glycol, the liquid form of formaldehyde, which, under the conditions of use prescribed in the labeling, releases formaldehyde when hair treated with the product is heated with a blow dryer and then with a hot flat iron.”

According to the FDA, health problems reported by users included eye irritation, blurred vision, headaches, dizziness, cough, nasal irritation, wheezing, throat irritation, chest pain, vomiting and rash, among others.

To smooth things out, as it were, GIB will also pay $600,000 in fines, according to the settlement.

The company first took some heat for their keratin hair treatment in 2010 after an Oregon hair stylist complained about health problems from using the Brazilian Blowout and tests revealed it contained a whopping 10.4 percent of formaldehyde, a known cancer causer. The state of California sued GIB, and last year more lawsuits followed.

GIB made changes to the labeling of their products in advance of the settlement.

But despite the health concerns over the Brazilian Blowout, many salons and stylists continue to offer it, for which their clients, who swear by the frizz-free results, are grateful and happily don gas masks to protect themselves if that’s what it takes to have silky, shiny, nearly care-free hair for three to four months.

There are many brands of keratin straighteners and not all contain formaldehyde. At least some say they don’t. But so did GIB. So if you want to get a Brazilian treatment done on your hair, it’s probably best to be safe than sorry and take precautions.


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Corioliss Flat Irons

By Mandi |

Corioliss hasn’t been around that long, since 2002. But based on many Corioliss flat iron reviews and the awards it’s won, the UK company seems to have made a positive impact on the hair technology world. In fact, in an interview last year Michelle Obama’s hairstylist, Johnny Wright, says he’s “in love with the Corioliss flat iron” with titanium plates.


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When choosing to buy a flat iron, be it made by Corioliss or another company, consider your hair type, the type of style you’re after, the flat iron’s features and, of course, your budget. After all, you can spend $800 on a flat iron – a Corioliss flat iron, in fact – but you probably don’t need to. (I kid you not – check it out here.)

Do you want ceramic or titanium, negative ion or infrared? What size do you need? If your hair is long and all you’re going to do is a perfectly straight look from roots to ends, a wider plate might make more sense. If your hair is short or you have bangs, a slimmer model will make styling easier. If you like to rock curls once in a while, some irons are designed to do both.

Variable temperature is another thing you want to look for. This is especially important if your hair is on the fine side, which is more prone to damage and breakage. For fine hair use the lowest temperature setting that gives you the results you want.

Corioliss says the titanium plates on Corioliss flat irons are 10 times smoother than others, and that this characteristic means less damage to your strands. Other benefits the company claims are that the irons heat up more efficiently and transfer that heat to the hair more efficiently so that your hair gets straight faster and with fewer passes.

Corioliss Flat Irons:

As of this writing, the line up of Corioliss flat irons is as follows:

Corioliss flat iron reviews

Here are just a few Corioliss flat iron reviews:

I bought this flat iron 2 years ago and it still works perfectly! It has improved the feeling of my hair and doesn’t damage it like other flat irons do! I recommend this to everyone!!! – S., Calif. (Classic)

Love the iron for styling, it’s the best one I have ever owned and I am almost 50 yrs old. (But) I hate that it has no auto shut-off. – T. S., Minn. (Classic)

4 stars – I have to say that it definitely works best on my hair when it’s damp all over. If it is wet/damp completely, the finished product is sleek and straight. Once my hair starts to dry a little before using the Corioliss, the finished product can be a little frizzy…. You have to start with wet hair all over and you need heat treating products if you want silky hair. – S. S. (Wet to Dry)

This is the best brand available used by professionals at their salons. Tourmaline makes the difference and is by far superior than just ceramic plates. This is the same flat iron sold at shopping malls for $150. I got it as a birthday present and is the best gift I’ve ever received since now I can save a lot of money having salon style hair done at home! – S. S., Fla. (Profix)

For results, I think Corioliss has really perfected their plates in heat stability. I have very long hair and I have no trouble straightening all of it in under 20 minutes. I also get very nice curls with this iron because of the ultra slim plates. I can really tailor to the exact curl size I want. Two thumbs up for Corioliss! – H. A., Calif. (C2)

Do you have one of these babies in your hair-styling tool kit? If so, drop us a line and leave your Corioliss flat iron reviews below.

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New Hair ‘Replacement’ Technique is Getting Lots of Ink

By Tamryn |

Forget toupees or hair transplants. Today’s balding man has a new option: tattoos.

We don’t mean a tribal design or something freaky, although that is, of course, an option. We mean inking the scalp with thousands of tiny “hairs” to make you appear as if you were sporting a buzz cut.

A company in the UK is making headlines with their innovative procedure, which says it creates a realistic look by using varying shades and sizes. HIS Hair calls it micro hair technique, or MHT. (HIS, by the way, stands for Hair-Ink-Skin.)

While it is considerably less expensive and invasive than hair implants, it is not cheap — about $3,150.

And it’s permanent.

This is point of criticism for some people. Will you really want to be sporting a buzz cut for the rest of your life? If at some point down the line you don’t, what are your options? Tattoo removal, toupee, hats, or unhappily living with it.

And what about age? It might look natural now. But won’t it look odd when you’re at the age when your eyebrows turn white, but you’re sporting a dark-haired buzz cut? What then, get white hair tattooed in?

Others have said it’s not really a new idea at all, that tattoo artists were doing this sort of thing even 20 years ago, and you can still get it done today for a fraction of the price.

But the ink ‘do is certainly generating buzz – pardon the pun – and at least one celebrity stylist who backs the idea had it done on himself. Adee Phelan, who’s run his fingers through David Beckham’s hair among other stars, says the MHT gave him a confidence boost and made him feel younger.

HIS Hair has clinics in the UK, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Hong Kong, Japan, the United Arab Emirates and the U.S.

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