For some reason, there aren’t many women who are satisfied with the natural texture of their hair. Women with curly hair want their hair straight, while women with straight hair often prefer curly hair. I’m African American, and I have the kinkiest, curliest hair possible. It’s totally impossible for me to properly manage my hair without the help of some type of straightening, whether I use heat or a combination of heat and chemicals. Having straight hair rather than curly has become a popular hair trend, because like me, many women feel that their hair is more manageable and attractive when it’s straight, and this is how the Brazilian Blowout originated.
The Brazilian Blowout is a hair straightening system in which certain chemicals, amino acids and a thorough blow drying process is performed in order to create sleek, straight hair that is free of frizz. This process must be performed approximately every eight weeks in order to ensure that newly grown hair has undergone the process as well. Brazilian Blowouts vary in price depending on where you go, but you can expect to pay as much as $400, possibly more. Despite the fact that Brazilian Blowouts are quite expensive, many women are willing to do anything in order to get one. What these women need to realize is that no matter how nice and sleek the hair is after the process if performed, it may not be such a good idea since there is formaldehyde in the chemicals, and the formaldehyde can enter the body through the scalp, possibly wreaking havoc on a person’s health. Formaldehyde is potentially harmful for the following reasons:
1. Formaldehyde causes cancer – it has been proven that this colorless, strong-smelling chemical causes cancer in humans, and it has been classified as a carcinogen. Besides, formaldehyde is used in embalming fluid to embalm bodies of the recently deceased, and not many people would want such an ingredient in their body while they’re still alive.
2. Formaldehyde causes internal organ damage – since this chemical is corrosive, formaldehyde has the ability to cause serious damage to the gastrointestinal and renal systems. Acute renal failure has occurred in some cases.
3. Formaldehyde causes respiratory distress – due to its level of toxicity, inhaling the vapors of formaldehyde has the potential to cause acute respiratory failure, especially in children, since their bodies are unable to handle the effects of this chemical as well as adults can.
If you desire straight, sleek hair that is free of frizz, you may want to consider other options rather than choose to have a Brazilian Blowout. I thought about getting a Brazilian Blowout until I discovered the risks. I was already aware of how dangerous formaldehyde can be but I had no idea that such a toxic substance was present in a hair straightening product. The cost is also another deterrent for many individuals, and it definitely was for me. I can’t afford to pay over $3,000 a year in order to have my hair straightened. There are many safer alternatives to the Brazilian Blowout, and although they might not have the exact same results, many women have been satisfied with the results of the alternatives, including the Japanese Hair Straightening technique that has become just as popular as the Brazilian Blowout.
CDC, Formaldehyde –
Japanese Hair Straightening System – www.japanesehairstraightening.org/
National Cancer Institute – www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/formaldehyde