Published: April 2011

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  Company Formaldehyde testing results Injuries: Have consumers filed reports with the federal government? Product recalls Company deception? Tests show formaldehyde, company has said little or none.
Brazilian Blowout
3 product(s)
>0.2 - 11.8 %YES (26)Ireland, Australia, CanadaYES
Brazilian Gloss*
1 product(s)
6.5 - 7.3 %-YES
Cadiveu
2 product(s)
7 %-CanadaYES
Coppola - Copomon Enterprises, LLC
5 product(s)
>0.2 - 2.3 %YES (6)Australia, Ireland, Canada, France, Germany, CyprusYES
Global Keratin (Named changed to GK hair)- Xtremeon, USA
6 product(s)
>0.2 - 4.4 %YES (1)Ireland, Canada, FranceYES
Keratin Express
1 product(s)
1.0 - 1.2 %-YES
Marcia Teixeira - M & M International
4 product(s)
>0.6 - 3.4 %YES (1)Canada, Ireland, Cyprus, FranceYES
QOD
3 product(s)
2 - 3.52 %-YES
Agi Max Keratin
1 product(s)
not tested-
AROT
5 product(s)
not tested-
Bio Ionic
2 product(s)
<0.01 %-
BioNaza Cosmetics Inc.
4 product(s)
not tested-
Bravo Biocare
1 product(s)
not tested-YES
CoCo's Keratin/MUD Beauty Supply
1 product(s)
not tested-
Croc
1 product(s)
not tested-
Escova Progress
1 product(s)
not tested-
Farouk
1 product(s)
not tested-
Goleshlee
4 product(s)
>0.6 %YES (27)FranceYES
Guangzhou Colornow Cosmetic Co.,Ltd.
1 product(s)
not tested-
Hair Color Research Group, Inc.
1 product(s)
not tested-
Hair Go Straight
1 product(s)
not tested-
Hair-Liss
4 product(s)
not tested-
I.B.S. Beauty INC
1 product(s)
2.3 %-CanadaYES
Inoar
1 product(s)
not tested-
Inova Professional
3 product(s)
not tested-
JKS International
1 product(s)
0 %-
KeraGreen
1 product(s)
1.4 - 1.6 %-YES
Keralis
1 product(s)
not tested-
Keratin Cure
2 product(s)
not tested-
Liquid Keratin
2 product(s)
not tested-YES
NanoKeratin
1 product(s)
not tested-
Pravana Naturceuticals
1 product(s)
<0.01 %-
R & L Trading Corp
6 product(s)
> 0.2 %-IrelandYES
Rejuvenol Laboratories, Inc.
3 product(s)
not tested-
RG Cosmetics LLC
5 product(s)
not tested-
Royal Keratin
2 product(s)
not tested-
Salon Favorite
2 product(s)
not tested-
SELM Cosmetics
1 product(s)
not tested-
Silkening Technologies
1 product(s)
2.8 %-CanadaYES
Simply Smooth / American Culture Hair
2 product(s)
0.55 - 0.93 %-YES
Spazzola Progressiva
2 product(s)
>0.6 %-FranceYES
Tahe
1 product(s)
> 0.2 %-IrelandYES
Thomassen Beauty Supply, Inc.
2 product(s)
not tested-
Zerran International Corporation
2 product(s)
not tested-
Amazon Shine
1 product(s)
not tested-
Body and Clothes
1 product(s)
>0.6 %-France
Brelil
1 product(s)
> 0.2 %-Cyprus
KeraStraight (Original Formula)**
1 product(s)
2 %-IrelandYES
KSILK Keratin
1 product(s)
> 0.2 %-Cyprus
Made in Italy
1 product(s)
> 0.2 %-Cyprus
Revitalizes
1 product(s)
> 0.2 %-Ireland
Trichovedic
1 product(s)
2.06 %-AustraliaYES

* Update (May 3, 2011): This page has been updated to reflect the fact that Brazilian Gloss and Gloss Moderne are separate business entities even though they share the same founder/president.

** The manufacturer of KeraStraight reformulated its original solution in late-2010 in response to public health advisories issued in the European Union. The company launched its new formula, KeraStraight KS Complex, in January 2011. It is advertised as “a 100% Formaldehyde and Aldehyde free keratin smoothing treatment which has been independently certified by Intertek.”

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The conclusions and findings that appear on this page reflect EWG's research at the time of publication stated above. In light of evolving market conditions, subsequent product reformulations, and other factors, they may no longer be current. EWG makes no representations or warranties about any of the products that appear on this page. EWG hereby disclaims all warranties with regard to any of the products that appear on this page, including express, statutory, implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular use.

References:

ACCC 2010. Australian Competition & Consumer Commission. Product Safety Recalls. Available at: http://www.recalls.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/952834 Accessed: 1/6/2011.

AFSSAPS 2010. French Agency for the Safety of Health Products. Notice of the French Agency for Safety of Health Products concerning the health risks of exposure to formaldehyde in some smoothing hair cosmetics.” Available: http://bit.ly/fDLJF2 Accessed: 1/6/2011.

Anonymous 2010. Analytical report. Columbia Analytical Services. 3/25/2010-10/1/2010. Available: http://nadinejolie.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Formaldehyde_Brazilian_Reports.pdf. Accessed: 1/7/2010.

Fisher M 2007. Scared Strait Warning: A hot new hair-straightening treatment from Brazil could be a health hazard. But that hasn’t stopped people from performing it. Allure. Available: http://www.allure.com/magazine/2007/10/scared_straight Accessed: 1/6/2011.

Health Canada 2010A. Brazilian Blowout Solution Contains Formaldehyde. 10/7/2010. Available: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/media/advisories-avis/_2010/2010_167-eng.php Accessed: 1/6/2011.

Health Canada 2010B. Brazilian Blowout Solution Contains Formaldehyde: Update. 10/26/2010. Available: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/media/advisories-avis/_2010/2010_182-eng.php Accessed: 1/6/2011.

Health Canada 2010C. Several Professional Hair Smoothing Solutions Contain Formaldehyde. 12/10/2010. Available: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/media/advisories-avis/_2010/2010_222-eng.php Accessed: 1/6/2011.

IMB 2010A. Concerns Relating to use of Certain Hair Straightening Products – Update. 11/29/2010. Available: http://bit.ly/hHJtRn Accessed: 1/6/2011.

IMB 2010B. Irish Medicines Board, Concerns relating to the use of certain Hair Straigtening Products. 12/23/2010. Available: http://www.imb.ie/EN/News/Concerns-relating-to-the-use-of-certain-Hair-Straightening-Products-.aspx?page=1&year=0&categoryid

Irish NCA 2010. ‘Marcia Teixeira’ hair products withdrawn. 6/14/2010. Available: http://www.consumerconnect.ie/eng/News_+_Research/Product_Recalls/marcia-teixeira-hair-products.html Accessed: 1/7/2011.

OREGON OSHA 2010A. OHSU Toxicology Center Issues Public Alerts About the Ingredients of a Popular Hair Salon Treatment. 9/30/2010. Available: http://www.Oregon OSHA.org/admin/newsrelease/2010/nr2010_24.pdf Accessed: Accessed: 1/7/2011.

Oregon OSHA 2010B “Keratin-Based” Hair Smoothing Products And the Presence of Formladehyde. October 29,2010. Available: http://www.orosha.org/pdf/Final_Hair_Smoothing_Report.pdf Accessed: 1/7/2011.

PBA 2007. Professional Beauty Association testing results. FDA Freedom of Information Act request F10-8327. Received 12/3/2010.

RAPEX 2010. European Union Rapid Alert System for non-food consumer products. Available at: http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/safety/rapex/index_en.htm. Accessed: 1/6/2011.

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