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Hair Straightening Products Containing Formaldehyde

 

Straight Hair

A professional hair straightener is a salon product designed to straighten curly or frizzy hair for up to three months that a stylist applies with the use of a flat iron.

WVE’s research shows several leading brands of hair straightening products contain high levels of formaldehyde (also referred to as methylene glycol). The heating process used in the application process releases formaldehyde gas, which can be severely irritating to the eyes, nose, and throat. Long term exposure to formaldehyde in the workplace has been linked to increased cancer risk.

Due to the health risks posed by formaldehyde, the hair straighteners listed below have been recalled in other countries. Unfortunately, because of a lack of FDA authority to issue a recall, these products are still available for purchase and use in the United States.

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International Recalls of Hair Straighteners

Products that have been recalled in other countries, but which are still for sale in the U. S.

This list is not exhaustive. There may also be other hair straightening products containing formaldehyde.

Brand/
Manufacturer

Product Name

Level/Range of Formaldehyde

Countries Where Recalled

BioNaza Cosmetics

KeraHair – Premiere Brazilian Keratin System

.7-2.5%

European Union

BioNaza Cosmetics

Choco Hair – Brazilian Keratin Chocolate

1.2-1.8%

European Union

BioNaza Cosmetics

Diamond – Premiere Brazilian Keratin System

0.8-1.7%

European Union

BioNaza Cosmetics

KeraVino Premiere Brazilian Keratin System

0.9-1.6%

European Union

Brazillian Blowout

Brazillian Blowout Acai Professional Smoothing Solution Brazillian Blowout Solution

6.4- 8.8%

Canada, Australia, Ireland, France

Cadiveu

Brazillian Thermal Reconstruction

7%

Canada

Cocochoco Professional

Complex Brazilian Keratin Straightening Treatment

3%

European Union

Coppola/Copomon Enterprises LLC

Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy

2%

Ireland, Australia, Canada, European Union, France

Coppola/Copomon Enterprises LLC

Keratin Complex Express Blowout

>.2-1.7%

Canada, Australia

Coppola/Copomon Enterprises LLC

Keratin Complex Intense RX, Smoothing Therapy

0.5-0.8%

Australia, European Union

Global Keratin

Global Keratin Taming System with Juvexin Strawberry Resistant

4.40%

Canada

Global Keratin

Global Keratin Taming System Strawberry

3.00%

France, Canada

Global Keratin

Functional Keratin Hair Taming System Blond/Light Wave Colored “Chocolate”

1.7%

European Union, Ireland

Global Keratin

Global Keratin Taming System with Juvexin Strawberry Light Wave

.2-1.4%

Canada, Ireland

Global Keratin

Global Keratin Hair Taming System with Juvexin Light Wave/Curly

>.2%

Australia

Goleshlee

Goleshlee Keratin Hair Therapy

>0.6%

France

Hair Go Straight

Keratin Treatment

2.60%

European Union

I.B.S Beauty Inc.

Istraight Keratin Advanced Keratin Treatment

2.30%

Canada

Inoar

Moroccan Hair Treatment

2.84%-7%

European Union, Canada

KeraStraight

Treatment Original Formula

2%

European Union, Ireland

La Brasiliana

Zero (apple)

0.76%

Canada

La Brasiliana

Veloce

0.35%

Canada

La Brasiliana

Spruzzi

> .2%

Canada

La Brasiliana

Domani

> .2%

Canada

La Brasiliana

Original

> .2%

Canada

Lazaros general trading LLC

TCQ Plus Phase 2 – Nano Hydra Keratin

2.30%

European Union

Marcia Teixeira – M & M International

Chocolate, extreme de-frizzing treatment

2%

France, Canada

Marcia Teixeira – M & M International

Advanced Brazilian Keratin Treatment

1.70%

Canada

Marcia Teixeira – M & M International

Brazilian Keratin Treatment, Marcia Teixeira

1.60%

Ireland, Canada

R & L Trading Corp

Soft-Liss Intelligent Brush Morango Step 2

>0.2%

Ireland

Rio Keratin

Brazilian Keratin Treatment Step 2 Grape Extract

3.50%

European Union

Royal Keratin Professional Line by Keratin Connection

Brazilian Keratin Treatment in Mint, Chocolate, Strawberry

1.54%

Canada

Tahe

Thermo Keratin No. 2 Active Treatment

>0.2%

Ireland

 

Hair Straighteners High in Formaldehyde, Not Yet Recalled

Products that have been tested and found to contain formaldehyde higher than acceptable levels in other countries, but have not yet been subject to recall.

Brand/

Manufacturer

Product Name

Level/Range of Formaldehyde

Brazillian Gloss

Keratin Smoothing Gloss

7.30%

Kera Green

Keratin and Protein Hair Treatment

1.50%

Keratin Express

Keratin Express Brazilian Smoothing Treatment

1.2%

QOD

Max

3.52%

QOD Gold Solution

2%

Simply Smooth / American Culture Hair Brazilian Keratin Treatment

0.93%

Simply Smooth / American Culture Hair Xtend Keratin Replenishing After Color Lock

0.55%

 

Formaldehyde-Free Hair Straighteners

The following products have been tested and found not to contain measurable levels of formaldehyde.

This list is not exhaustive. There may also be other hair straightening products which do not contain formaldehyde.

Brand/

Manufacturer

Product Name

Level/Range of Formaldehyde

JKS International

JKS Smoothing Treament

0%

Bio Ionic

Bio Ionic Kera Smooth Anti Frizz Treatment for Virgin Resistent Hair

0.01%

Pravana Naturceuticals

Pravana Naturceuticals Keratin Fusion

0.01%

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