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Gov't warns users of Brazilian Blowout

Government regulators say the popular hair smoothing treatment can release unsafe levels of formaldehyde.

April 13, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A new warning is out for people who use a popular hair smoothing treatment called Brazilian Blowout.

According to federal safety regulators, the treatment can release unsafe levels of formaldehyde, which the government classifies as a probable carcinogen.

The treatment is believed to pose a health risk to salon workers and their clients.

Government regulators also said they found the chemical in some hair products that are labeled "formaldehyde-free."