Like it or Not, You’re Affected

Hair stylists, clients and salon owners in the United States may be included in the Brazilian Blowout Class Action Settlement against their knowledge. What does this mean? For starters, affected stylists and clients looking to sue the company can not do so unless they exclude themselves from the settlement before the pending deadline. The problem with this? Chances are, you may qualify to be part of the settlement right now and do not even know about it.

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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!!

Support the Safe Cosmetics Act

Hi everyone! In the fight to help make cosmetics safe we have here the latest way that YOU can support the Safe Cosmetics Act.

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Due to legislation enacted nearly 75 years ago, the FDA today has very little authority over the safety of the cosmetics industry. We now have Continue reading

Are YOU drinking the Keratin Complex Kool-Aid?

Behind the Chair.com recently celebrated their 13th Annual Stylist Choice Awards and the ceremony was AH-MAZING!! It included our favorite educators (we love you Beth Minardi ♥) and our favorite celebrity stylists (we love you Tabatha ♥). We agree the evening featured a “glittering roster of crowd favorites and industry superstars” but for so many in this industry, not all that glitters is gold!

The good times came to a halt when  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.

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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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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