While keratin treatments have been all the rage for the past few years, offering glossy, frizz free results, it appears one dangerous ingredient may have been overlooked.

For the last five years the Environmental Working Group have been lobbying to get formaldehyde removed from Keratin treatments. It’s calling on the Food and Drug Administration to address the risk of the treatments. 

Despite filing the petition in 2011, it’s are yet to receive a response. The EWG is now teaming up with Women’s Voices For the Earth to sue the FDA for failing to protect the public. 

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“For years stylists have reported that the application of these hair treatments caused difficulty breathing, eye irritation and nosebleeds,” said Tina Sigurdson, EWG assistant general counsel.”

“The FDA has been aware of the health hazards associated with the products since at least 2008. Despite these dangers, the FDA has yet to take action to remove them from the market.”


The treatment, often referred to as the Brazilian blow out, is applied to damp hair and then dried with hot tools. The EWG says it’s the heat which causes the harmful chemicals to be released into the air. 

The product has already been removed from shelves in California, Oregon, Canada, France and Ireland. 

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