Stylists: The Choice Between Our Careers & Our Health

“I’m not going to just sit back and let some silly little multi-BILLION-dollar cosmetic industry take away my career. I’m going to fight like hell – and if I’m going down, I’m going down swinging!”

Check out my guest blog over on Women’s Voices for the Earth today! Find out why salon workers are being forced to question whether their careers are worth giving up their health. ~ Jennifer  Click here to read!!

Pretty Toxic’s Best of the Worst Awards!

Awards season may have come to an end last week, but we’re still in awe by the beautiful hair and makeup that emerged this season. From retro-inspired side-swept waves to bold red lips, celebs and their glam squads nailed all the latest beauty trends on the red carpet.

While we’re sad that it’s over, the beauty industry has one more  Continue reading

Join Us in the Fight to Protect Salon Workers!

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It has been brought to our attention here at Pretty Toxic that a recent issue of American Salon Magazine features the Brazilian Blowout Acai Professional Smoothing Solution as a 2012 Professional Choice Winner.

Readers weighed in and the results were published during the fall, as well as on the Brazilian Blowout Company’s site. January’s issue has a full-page advertisement dedicated to the product, labeling it as a 2012 Professional Choice Winner.

Needless to say, we are astonished at  Continue reading

A Message of Thanks from Women’s Voices for the Earth

Check out this “Thank You” video from Erin Switalski, Executive Director of Women’s Voices for the Earth – Pretty Toxic creators, Jennifer Arce & Dawn Marino, are both mentioned!

 

We here at Pretty Toxic are honored to be mentioned and recognized for our efforts to create a safer industry for salon workers. Thank you, WVE, for your continued support along the way!

Court documents

For those who have been wondering, we have just posted the court documents that confirm GIB must “cease all sales of Brazilian Blowout Smoothing Solution (the ‘Original Product’) in or into California.” You can find the documents by clicking here.

No word yet on the test results that will determine whether or not the new “reformulated” product will be able to be sold in California, but of course we will let you know as soon as we find out.

Stay tuned to Pretty Toxic for any and all important updates!

California orders Brazilian Blowout to take their toxic product off the market!

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Credit: Richard Perry/New York Times

In October we brought you the story “Brazilian Blowout violates California air quality law” in which we explained a settlement was reached in January between the California Attorney General’s office and GIB LLC, the makers of Brazilian Blowout. The settlement required the company to use “CAUTION” stickers, cancer warnings and to stop deceptive advertising claiming their product was “safe” and “formaldehyde free”.

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Special Report: Government has little authority to stop unsafe cosmetics

We here at Pretty Toxic are excited to share with you an environmental news story that was recently released by Jane Kay in which we are both featured in.

The article describes the dangers of the Brazilian Blowout, formaldehyde exposure and just how little the government can do in keeping us safe from such toxic cosmetic products.

While we are thrilled to have such a great, informative article out here to help increase public awareness, we are also frustrated by Continue reading

Brazilian Blowout violates California air quality law

Brazilian Blowout Solution“Brazilian Blowout violates California air quality law”, says court documents. The California Attorney General’s office is asking the court to “cease all sales of Brazilian Blowout Solution in or into the state of California.”

In November 2010, the California Attorney General’s office filed a lawsuit against GIB LLC, the makers of Brazilian Blowout, claiming that the high levels of formaldehyde in Brazilian Blowout Solution, then advertised as “safe” and “formaldehyde free”, violated “six state environmental and consumer protection laws.” These laws include: “Proposition 65, the California Safe Cosmetics Act, the False Advertising Law, Consumer Fraud law, the Unfair Competition law and the Consumer Products Regulations of the California Air Resources Board (CARB).” Continue reading