About the brand: KeraStraight (Original Formula)
Kerastraight is based in the United Kingdom. In August 2010, testing by the Department of Health and Children in Ireland detected 2% formaldehyde in the original KeraStraight solution and issued a product recall. The manufacturer responded by reformulating in late-2010, and in January 2011, launched a new product, KeraStraight KS Complex. KeraStraight KS Complex is advertised as “a 100% Formaldehyde and Aldehyde free keratin smoothing treatment . . . independently certified by Intertek.”
Products by KeraStraight
|Product||Formaldehyde testing results||Injuries: Number of consumers that filed reports with the federal government||Product recalls|
|KeraStraight treatment (Original Formula)**||2 %||0||Ireland|
Formaldehyde test results
|Product||Formaldehyde Detected||Number of samples||Tested by||Date||Reference|
|KeraStraight treatment (Original Formula)**||2 %||1||Department of Health and Children (Ireland)||2010-08-20||IMB 2010A, IMB 2010B|
Since 2009, health and consumer product agencies in 6 countries have announced recalls of hair straighteners with high amounts of formaldehyde.
|KeraStraight treatment (Original Formula)**||-||-||-||-||-||2010-08-20|
WHAT THE COMPANY SAYS ABOUT HOW THEIR PRODUCT WORKS
AVAILABLE FOR DIRECT PURCHASE BY CONSUMERS?
A loophole in federal labeling law allows companies to sell "professional use" products without the ingredient label required on all other personal care products, so the use of formaldehyde can be hidden. Nearly all of the hair straightening products surveyed by EWG are marketed for professional use only. Despite these claims, EWG found that consumers can easily purchase "professional use" products through online retailers. Retailers identified for KeraStraight products are listed below:
|KeraStraight treatment (Original Formula)**||none identified|
KeraStraight - KeraStraight treatment
** 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.”
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.
KeraStraight. 2011. FAQs. Available: http://www.kerastraight.co.uk/frequently-asked-questions Accessed: 2/8/2011.
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.