Brazilian hair straighteners
We are aware that there is much confusion around these types of product owing to mixed messages on what ingredients can or can't be used, different claims about what ingredients are actually being used and products falsely claiming to be "formaldehyde free". Many different ingredient names are also being discussed on the internet.
"Brazilian" hair straightening products will be illegal if they contain very high levels of formaldehyde, in some instances between 10 and 75 times more than the strict EU cosmetic safety laws permit. In addition, ingredient labelling may be inadequate and some claims of 'formaldehyde free' are misleading.
We have therefore issued an Information Sheet to help clarify these and other issues involved.
- Summary of the SCCS opinion on methylene glycol and formaldehyde exposure