The manufacturer of Brazilian Blowout, a popular hair-straitening product, has settled a class action lawsuit brought by plaintiffs who said the product caused them harm. Under the terms of the $4.5 million settlement, consumers can receive $35 for each treatment, up to three. Stylists will receive $75 for each bottle of Brazilian Blowout purchased.
Also, the manufacturer can no longer market Brazilian Blowout as “formaldehyde free,” and more detailed safety instructions must be provided. The settlement will go before Judge Elihu Berle of the Los Angeles Superior Court for approval.
The manufacturer has already paid $600,000 in fees and penalties in a settlement with the California attorney general and agreed to include warnings that the product emits formaldehyde gas. Two years ago, regulators in Canada and in Oregon issued warnings health warnings about the product after users complained about eye irritation, breathing problems and nosebleeds.
Brazilian Blowout is sold to stylist, not directly to consumers. One treatment costs about $300, and takes nearly 90 minutes.
The FDA is continuing an investigation into the product.