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CIR Expert Panel On Formaldehyde Hair Straighteners: “Unsafe”

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

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The use of formaldehyde and methylene glycol in hair straightening products involving heat is unsafe, the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel determined after an intense discussion of the issue during its June 28 meeting in Washington D.C.

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The Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel issued a final safety assessment for formaldehyde/methylene glycol at its Sept. 26-27 meeting – declaring the ingredient unsafe for use in heated hair-smoothing products – after grappling with questions concerning its role and the information it should consider when evaluating cosmetic substances.

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