California DTSC Eyes Hair Relaxers, Straighteners For Next Safer Consumer Product Priority
The Department of Toxic Substances Control does not identify specific chemicals of concern in its 2021-2023 Priority Product Draft Work Plan, but says it is focusing on ingredients and endpoints associated with children, women of childbearing age, communities of color and aquatic impacts.
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California-based Brazilian Blowout appears not to have opposed the Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act, signed into law in the Golden State at the end of September, which will ban a key ingredient in its professional hair-smoothing systems beginning 1 January 2025. The company remains oddly quiet about the legislation, which was backed by NGOs, public health advocates and other cosmetic industry reps.
Coty, Inc. says methyl methacrylate detected in salon air is “usually the result of illicit use of currently illegal MMA liquid monomer,” but California’s DTSC is not so sure. The California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative says acrylates used to replace MMA, or otherwise found in nail products, pose concerns of their own that warrant investigation under the state's Safer Consumer Products regulation.
California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control is collecting data on nail product ingredients, impurities and purported “green” or “safer” alternatives via an information call-in, which could lead to Priority Product listings or support alternatives assessment activities under the state’s Safer Consumer Products regulation. Companies do not have to answer the call, but the DTSC will be posting a Response Status List.