The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association (CTPA) is challenging the findings of a recent National Cancer Institute (NCI) study on the association between using chemical hair straighteners and uterine cancer. CTPA disagrees and states that “hair straightening products are safe and do not cause cancer.”
“Just like all cosmetics and personal care products, cosmetic hair straighteners must be confirmed safe for us to use before they can be sold. Companies put their ingredients and products through years of development and a legally required in-depth safety assessment, part of which must rule out any risk of the ingredients causing cancer,” comments pharmacist Dr. Emma Meredith, director-general at CTPA.
She further states that companies not only do this because safety is their highest priority, but also because the UK has strict laws dedicated to the safety of cosmetics.