All things beauty and then some. Andrea Claire [as seen on Stylin' Gypsies and So Chic] hair & make up artist/freelance beauty writer dips her fingers into the latest trends and brings you the coveted best and how-tos.
I certainly have fuller, smoother hair as the claim states.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that my ends that looked like they were in need of trimming seemed to be temporarily smoothed out which would indicate a temporary split end fix. [I must say here that a permanent fix on split ends is called a haircut]
Health Canada is informing Canadians that Brazilian Blowout Solution manufactured by Brazilian Blowout of California has been confirmed to contain unacceptable levels of formaldehyde. Note that at this time, this advisory pertains only to the Brazilian Blowout Solution.
Formaldehyde is permitted at low levels when used as a preservative in cosmetics. In liquid form, formaldehyde is referred to as methylene glycol or formalin. The terms "formaldehyde" and "methylene glycol" are often used interchangeably in toxicity studies pertaining to formaldehyde.
Testing previously conducted by Health Canada found that the Brazilian Blowout Solution contained 12% formaldehyde. Health Canada has continued to analyze this product. Validated test results show formaldehyde levels of 8.4%, which is consistent with results found in other jurisdictions. This amount is 42 times the acceptable limit when used as a preservative in certain cosmetic products, and remains well above the amount known to cause injury.
Health Canada continues to receive complaints of burning eyes, nose, and throat, breathing difficulties, and hair loss associated with use of this product. Health Canada believes that the reactions are being caused primarily by formaldehyde being released and inhaled during the blow drying and flat ironing stages of the treatment.
Health Canada remains concerned that elevated levels of formaldehyde in any form places people at increased risk. Possible long-term effects are also of concern to Health Canada, since formaldehyde is a known irritant, sensitizer, and is linked to cancer in humans when inhaled chronically over a long period of time. As a result, the Department has worked to stop distribution of this product in Canada.
So....This is my hair on the Garnier Fructis Blow Dry Kit.
Day 1, after I tried the Garnier Fructis Blow Dry Perfector I knew this would be the start of a beautiful relationship - it only took a few days for the slight chemical smell to no longer linger; but being a hairstylist the smell didn't bug me. (Like a subtle perm smell)
But.... yes - I LOVE it! I can see this getting addicting... BUT!! [A BIG 'but' here...] It is a chemical and you can damage your hair layering chemicals upon chemicals on your lovely locks. [Think carefully prior to any over-doing of chemical service to your hair, at-home OR in the salon.]
One week plus later - I love the texture it gave me. I could see myself doing this on my 'virgin' hair 4x a year.
Anyone else tried it? Love it? Hate it? Indifferent?