Straight locks rock Part 4: Keratin Complex products get recalled

Nikki Parkinson Beauty 10 Comments

Back in March I wrote about how excited I was for my hair to undergo the a Keratin hair treatment.  Since that time thousands of people have read that post and the two others I did as a follow up.

Oh, I wish I woke up like this every day ...

This week I learned that three of the salon-only products used in Keratin Complex treatments have been recalled.  According to the Australian Competitor and Consumer Commission, “tests showed that the products contain “free formaldehyde” in excess of the level considered safe. Formaldehyde is known to cause sensory irritation and skin sensitisation. Formaldehyde may also cause cancer in circumstances where there is chronic high exposure.”

The recalled salon products are:

Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy

Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy for Blonde Hair

Keratin Complex Express Blow Out

The Australia distributors, Dateline, have indicated that a new, approved formula would start arriving in salons this week so these treatments (which incidentally have been embraced the world over so there are a whole lot of women out there wondering about this).

So, what should you do?  Phone your hairdresser as a starting point.  Your hair may not even have been treated using any of these products – there are other Keratin products on the market.  Sould you wish to book in for another treatment, ask them when they might have the new formulas in their salon.

If you’re really concerned, make an appointment with your GP. 

And would I have this treatment again?  For sure.  We are very lucky to live in a country where testing is rigorous.  The treatment has been such a huge success (and time saver) for so many, that I’m optimistic that a solution will be found.

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  1. WONDEDRING IF THE KERATIN COPPOLA (INFUSION THERAPY OR EVEN INTENSE RX ) ALSO CONTAIN ALDEHYDE. I FIGURED THAT ANYTHING WITH THE SAME ENDING AS IN HDYE- WOULD BE RELATED AND THEREFORE SUSPECT.

    1. It’s a bit of a minefield out there knowing which treatments are ok and contain the legal levels of formaldehyde across the different brands. Ask your salon a lot of questions before going ahead and maybe check with Choice.

  2. Global Keratin hair taming system CURL 300ML @ 1000ML,GLOBAL KERATIN HAIR TAMING SYSTEM WAVE 300ML @ 1000 ML have also been recalled as of 18th January 2011.

  3. HI Nikki. I’ve just been researching keratin treatments and came across your wonderful article – thank you!! I just wanted to let you know that I’ve also found out that the Brazilian Blowout and the HydroSpa keratin treatments have also been recalled, these are listed on the ACCC website. My local salon who used Keratin Complex is going to be sticking with this. They tell me a new formula is coming out in the next week or so and they were always happy with the results. Fingers crossed!

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  4. Hi Nikki. A Global Keratin treatment is a taming treatment by GLOBAL KERATIN. This is not the same as the products that have been recalled. It is a completely different brand. The treatment that you originally had was not Global Keratin but an entirely different brand with different application procedures.

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