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.
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.