Published: April 2011

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About the brand: Salon Favorite

Salon Favorite hair straightening treatments are do-it-yourself keratin products that have not been tested for formaldehyde content. These treatments are available on the Salon Favorite website along with instructional videos for home use.



Products by Salon Favorite

  Product Formaldehyde testing results Injuries: Number of consumers that filed reports with the federal government Product recalls
Salon Favorite 3-5 Months DO-IT-YOURSELF Keratin Treatment Kitnot tested0
Salon Favorite Choco 3-5 Months DO-IT-YOURSELF Keratin Treatment Kitnot tested0


PRODUCT RECALLS

Since 2009, health and consumer product agencies in 6 countries have announced recalls of hair straighteners with high amounts of formaldehyde.

Product Australia Canada Cyprus France Germany Ireland
Salon Favorite 3-5 Months DO-IT-YOURSELF Keratin Treatment Kit - - - - - -
Salon Favorite Choco 3-5 Months DO-IT-YOURSELF Keratin Treatment Kit - - - - - -


WHAT THE COMPANY SAYS ABOUT HOW THEIR PRODUCT WORKS

What is Keratin treatment? Keratin treatment is a revolutionary process that repairs damaged hair and leave it soft, shiny and frizz free for up to 3 months. Keratin is a type of protein high in the amino acid Cystine. This special amino acid is what makes hair super tough and extremely elastic. Scientists refer to Keratin as a Biopolymer, due to its unique structures and interesting properties. Biopolymers are found throughout nature and give form and structure to naturally occurring substances all around the world; everything from leaves to trees, and turtle shells to goose down. Keratin is a classic example of a Biopolymer and it is the main structure building protein in our hair and nails. [link]



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 Salon Favorite products are listed below:

Product Retailers
Salon Favorite 3-5 Months DO-IT-YOURSELF Keratin Treatment KitSalon Favorite Website
Salon Favorite Choco 3-5 Months DO-IT-YOURSELF Keratin Treatment KitSalon Favorite Website




Salon Favorite - Salon Favorite 3-5 Months DO-IT-YOURSELF Keratin Treatment Kit

"Salon Favorite Keratin Treatment kit is made to give you the entire keratin treatment in one package. Salon Favorite Keratin Heals, Repairs, Moisturizes, Protects damaged hair, Eliminates frizzy hair and Reduces hair volume. Salon Favorite Keratin can be used on all types of hair. Salon Favorite Keratin treatment maintains the healthy shade up to 3-5 months. Salon Favorite Keratin Treatment is a revolutionary hair reconstructor and volume reducing treatment that eliminates kinky and frizzy hair textures, leaving hair straight, healthy and shinny for up to three months depending on the hair type. Completely repairs hair, coating hair with keratin, rejuvenating hair structure and gives it a shiny, flexible look. SalonFavorite, together with a highly concentrated protein compound, has a unique synergy that acts fast and vigorously to regenerate and rebuild the hair shaft. The use of this unique Salon Favorite keratin formula will bring back the natural strength and shine that the hair has lost over the years because of harsh chemicals, sun light and pollution. It works on all types of hair. "
- from link

Retailers: 149.99 from Salon Favorite Website





Salon Favorite - Salon Favorite Choco 3-5 Months DO-IT-YOURSELF Keratin Treatment Kit

"Salon Favorite choco 3-5 months Keratin Treatment kit is made to give you the entire keratin treatment in one package. Salon Favorite Keratin Heals, Repairs, Moisturizes, Protects damaged hair, Eliminates frizzy hair and Reduces hair volume. Salon Favorite choco 3-5 months Keratin can be used on all types of hair. Salon Favorite Keratin treatment maintains the healthy shade up to 3-5 months. Salon Favorite choco 3-5 months Keratin Treatment is a revolutionary hair reconstructor and volume reducing treatment that eliminates kinky and frizzy hair textures, leaving hair straight, healthy and shinny for up to three months depending on the hair type. Completely repairs hair, coating hair with keratin, rejuvenating hair structure and gives it a shiny, flexible look. SalonFavorite, together with a highly concentrated protein compound, has a unique synergy that acts fast and vigorously to regenerate and rebuild the hair shaft. The use of this unique Salon Favorite choco 3-5 months keratin formula will bring back the natural strength and shine that the hair has lost over the years because of harsh chemicals, sun light and pollution. It works on all types of hair."
- from link

Retailers: 149.99 from Salon Favorite Website

Legal Disclaimer:

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:

Salon Favorite. 2011. What is Brazilian Keratin. Available: http://www.salonfavorite.com/pages/what_is_brazilian_keratin.html Accessed: 2/28/2011.

Salon Favorite. 2011B. Salon Favorite Keratin Treatment Bottle #2. Available: http://www.salonfavorite.com/products/Keratin_Treatment_Bottle_2_Jumbo_size_280ml_9_46oz-27-1.html Accessed: 2/14/2011.

Salon Favorite. 2011C. Salon Favorite choco 3-5 months Keratin Treatment Kit. Available: http://www.salonfavorite.com/products/Salon_Favorite_choco_3_5_Months_DO_IT_YOURSELF_Keratin_Treatment_Kit-14-1.html Accessed: 2/14/2011.

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.

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