Hair Straightening Products Containing Formaldehyde

Due to the health risks posed by formaldehyde, the hair straighteners listed below have been recalled in other countries.

Straight HairA 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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