Does Your Hair Dye Contain Harmful Lead?


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken steps to remove lead acetate in hair coloring products amid safety concerns about lead exposure. The new rule would repeal the regulation allowing the use of lead acetate in cosmetics; when it goes into effect, manufacturers will no long be authorized to use this additive in hair color and other products.

According to a statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., the understanding about the dangers of lead exposure has increased substantially in the 40 years since lead acetate was approved, and the color additive no longer meets U.S. safety standards. Lead exposure can have serious adverse effects on health, especially for children, and other color additive alternatives are available.

Lead acetate is sometimes used in “progressive” hair dyes — products that are applied over time to color hair gradually. The FDA’s action to remove this additive was taken in response to a color additive petition submitted to the agency demonstrating that the use of lead acetate in hair coloring products isn’t safe. After the final rule, companies will have 12 months to remove lead acetate from their products.

Sourced from: FDA