Smooth hair is fashionable. A keratin treatment is used to straighten curls, however this is nearly always based on formaldehyde, a substance that is dangerous to health. Brazil, Canada and the United States have banned this treatment. But a researcher in dermatology at the University of Bologna maintains that, ‘formaldehyde is banned but it is present in hair‑straightening treatments in the form of compounds which then release it’. Including information on the toxic effects of formaldehyde on the labels of hair-straightening products should be made mandatory, to prevent the risks associated with its presence.
1. Does the Commission share the view that hair-straightening products may be dangerous?
2. Does it not think it should notify health ministries in the Member States so they may take suitable action?
3. Does it intend to take any action in this regard?