Blow dryer and straightenerEveryone knows beauty is pain. But should beauty cause cancer?

A month after Oregon officials told beauty workers they should protect themselves while doing the hair smoothing "Brazilian Blowout," the California attorney general's office is suing the company behind the hair treatment. They say that the product contains too much formaldehyde -- the potentially cancer-causing chemical used in embalming fluid.

The lawsuit claims that the "Acai Professional Smoothing Solution" promises "smooth, healthy, frizz-free hair with radiant shine!" through the use of a smoothing solution containing "No harsh chemicals!"

But although the company claims that there is no formaldehyde in the product, Attorney General Edmund G. Brown states that lab tests show otherwise and that using the product releases formaldehyde gas, "which is a chemical known to the state of California to cause cancer."

When exposed to formaldehyde gas, people can get chest pain, shortness of breath, headaches or, in the long-term, memory impairment.

The state wants the company to tell consumers that they may be exposed to dangerous chemicals and use warning labels on the product. And they want $2,500 in fines for each violation of unfair business laws and another $2,500 for each day the company does not disclose use of the chemical.

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