Shocking Hair Smoothing News Health Canada Warning !!

on Jun 09, 2012 @ 01:57 am

OK so I am a little obsessed with checking constantly for products being recalled, or having safety concerns. I was checking out Health Canada, I found this information about Hair Products containing high levels or formaldehyde,above the limit set by Health
Canada...SHOCKED..I have used a couple of these products in free samples I recently won. Have a look Chicks, make sure you know what products you are using for your body.This scared the crap out of me.READ THE ARTICLE BELOW!!!

Information Update


April 12, 2011

For immediate release

The issue

As part of its ongoing work on hair smoothing products,
Health Canada is warning Canadians that eleven additional professional
hair smoothing solutions have been found to contain levels of
formaldehyde above the limit set by Health Canada, as determined by
Health Canada testing or information provided by the company.  These
products are known to be available at salons across Canada but are not
generally available directly to consumers.

Health Canada has received complaints of burning eyes, nose,
and throat, breathing difficulties, and hair loss associated with use of
professional hair smoothing products.   

Formaldehyde is permitted as a preservative in cosmetics at levels of no more than 0.2%.

The following table provides the names of products that have been listed in previous Health Canada advisories.

Product Level of Formaldehyde
Brazilian Blowout Smoothing Solution by Brazilian Blowout 8.4%
Brazilian Keratin Treatment by Marcia Teixeira 1.8%
Advanced Brazilian Keratin Treatment by Marcia Teixeira 1.7%
Chocolate Extreme De-Frizzing Treatment by Marcia Teixeira 1.6%
Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy Treatment by Copomon (Coppola) 1.8%
Global Keratin Taming System Strawberry by Global Keratin 3.0%
Global Keratin Taming System with Juvexin Strawberry Resistant by Global Keratin 4.4%
Global Keratin Taming System with Juvexin Strawberry Light Wave by Global Keratin 1.4%
Pro-Collagen RX Keratin Treatment 2.8%
IStraight Keratin (Advanced Keratin Treatment) by IBS Beauty 2.3%
Brazilian Thermal Reconstruction by Cadiveu 7.0%

The following table provides the names of the products and
the levels of formaldehyde found in our most recent round of testing
that concluded in March 2011.

Product Level of Formaldehyde
Keratin Complex Express Blowout by Copomon (Coppola) 1.70%
Brazilian Keratin Treatment (Mint) - Royal Keratin
Professional Line by Keratin Connection  (This product is also available
in Chocolate and Strawberry)
Veloce by La Brasiliana 0.35%
Zero(Apple) by La Brasiliana  (This product is also available in Clear and Mocha) 0.76%
Moroccan Hair Treatment by Inoar 2.84%

The following table provides the names of the products which
contain unacceptable levels of formaldehyde based on data submitted to
Health Canada. Health Canada has not tested these products but based on
the information submitted, they are not permitted for sale in Canada.

Original by La Brasiliana (This product is also available in Original Chocolate)
Domani by La Brasiliana
Spruzzi by La Brasiliana
Brazilian Keratin Treatment by Pro Skin Solutions
Marcia Teixeira Chocolate Extreme De-Frizzing Treatment EU by M&M;International
Marcia Teixeira Brazilian Keratin Treatment EU by M&M;International

Who is affected

Consumers receiving these hair smoothing treatments, and
stylists performing the treatment may experience reactions of burning
eyes, nose, throat, and breathing troubles.  Repeated exposure may lead
to sensitization.

What consumers should do

  • Consumers who are experiencing adverse reactions to these
    professional hair smoothing solutions are advised to seek medical
  • Consumers should be aware that some products are being
    marketed or advertised as being "approved" by Health Canada.  Health
    Canada does not approve cosmetic products. 
  • Consumers who are aware of salons using products mentioned on the advisory can report it to Health Canada using the incident report form on the Health Canada website.
  • Adverse reactions to cosmetics can be reported to Health Canada using a form available on Health Canada's website.

What industry professionals should do:

  • Stylists who use these professional hair smoothing
    solutions should immediately stop using the affected product.  Services
    using the products mentioned on the advisory should not be offered to
    clients.  Health Canada has not tested all professional hair smoothing
    solutions.  It is the responsibility of manufacturers, importers,
    distributors and sellers to ensure that their product is in compliance
    with the Food and Drugs Act and Cosmetic Regulations.

What Health Canada is doing

Health Canada is working with the Canadian distributors to
address concerns regarding professional hair smoothing solutions, and to
stop sale of the products listed above at all levels of trade.

In addition, Health Canada continues to monitor the
marketplace to find any other affected products that may have been
distributed in Canada.


In addition to today's advisory, an advisory on Brazilian Blowout Solution was issued on October 26, 2010, followed by an updated Advisory listing several other hair smoothing products on December 10, 2010.

Formaldehyde is permitted as a preservative in cosmetics at
levels of no more than 0.2%.  Formaldehyde is a known irritant,
sensitizer, and is linked to cancer in humans when inhaled chronically
over a long period of time.  Health Canada believes that the reactions
are being caused by formaldehyde becoming vapourized during the blow
drying and flat ironing stages of the treatment.  Any procedure using
products containing formaldehyde above the allowable limits places
clients and stylists at increased risk. 

Products recalled/affected:

This advisory is for the products listed in the table above.

 Health Canada is aware that the affected products are typically available in salons only.


4 Replies

YIKES! on Jun 09, 2012 @ 11:41 am

Sheesh.. That's freaking insane!

I don't use any of these products on a regular basis, thank heavens.

I can't believe how high of a percentage Brazilian Blowout has - Yikes, not cool at all.

Great post! Thanks for sharing.

ugh. on Jun 09, 2012 @ 09:29 pm

I had a stylist at a very high end salon in Toronto recommend one of the above mentioned products to me while I was there for a blow dry. He told me it would be great because I wouldn't have to return to the salon for at least a month for a blow dry. As he spoke to me, he pointed out another client who was having the treatment applied. I asked him why there was smoke coming off the client's hair and he told me that was 'normal.' I couldn't have gotten out of his chair faster....unbelievable.

My hair is fine and straight. I have a lot of hair but the hair I do have is fine and straight. Why would I go for this type of treatment? with the formaldehyde, why would ANYONE go for this treatment? Ladies, please take good care of your hair and if you want to have it straightened, I beg you to do some research before doing something this extreme! It's not worth your health!

Thank you for sharing this.

wow on Jul 06, 2012 @ 09:46 pm

very interesting...thanks for posting this!

Not on my list on Jul 06, 2012 @ 09:57 pm

I don't use any of these products, and now never will. Thanks for the post now I know what not to look for.

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