Schakowsky, Other U.S. Reps Question Safety Of ‘Brazilian Blowouts’

WASHINGTON (CBS) — A popular procedure for women to tame frizzy hair is getting some push back from members of Congress, including U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.)

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Mary Frances Bragiel reports, the The Brazilian Blowout is a straightening treatment that has become extremely popular since its arrival from South America.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Mary Frances Bragiel reports

But Schakowsky, along with other House members, want the Food and Drug Administration to investigate whether or not the Brazilian Blowout is safe.

A key ingredient is formaldehyde, which can irritate eyes skin and cause breathing problems. The lawmakers want better regulation and labeling after hearing stories about hair falling out and respiratory problems.

“It came to my attention that people were getting very sick, that there was hair fall, there were respiratory issues, there were all kinds of problems with Brazilian Blowout,” Schakowsky told The Associated Press. “This product I think is in some ways the poster child for the problem that we have with cosmetics and various treatments.”

An FDA spokeswoman says the agency continues to evaluate the data.

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  • Lake

    Unemployment is at 9.2% and dummy is all worked up on a freakin hair treatment. Go figure.

  • lake

    I might be wrong though. Maybe she’s head of the Hair Products Congressional Committee. I should be directing my disgust to the Head of the Jobs Creation Committee. oh well

  • mike puffer

    Looks like Jan is performing to her level.

  • What!?!

    Unemployment is at 9.2%, federal debt is approaching $15 trillion and spending is out of control, and they are worried about a hair treatment. Just unreal.

    But, this is what Congress does. They hold hearings on steriods in baseball, a “playoff” system for college football, and the list of worthless time consuming subjects goes on and on.


    Further proof of how useless congress is. And they wonder why their approval rating is so low?!?

  • Robert

    Have problems with frizzy and fly away hair ladies – adopt a style that I have used for decades – I have no “bad hair days” EVER …….


    I’M BALD…..(yes, this is a joke, before the attackers get to me)

    The recession must be over if a special hair treatment system made it from South America to North America…

    Hey Congress… what exactly do you all do all day long ? ? ? ?

  • Farmer Bob

    “A key ingredient is formaldehyde, which can irritate eyes skin and cause breathing problems.”

    Look at Nancy Pelosi. She’s been preserved in formaldehyde, and she just keeps on ticking.

  • Vicky

    If she is so concerned about our heath, why not focus on the food additives that are making people sick and obese? GMO’s, irradiated foods, BGH, Corn Syrup, Aspartame, hydrogenated oils.

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