Hair Care Products

Hair Care products are those that help to control the properties and behavior of the hair so that it can be maintained in a controlled and desirable manner. This can include hair conditioners, hair sprays, hair straighteners and relaxers, permanent waves, shampoos, rinses, tonics and dressings.

For ingredient and safety information on hair care products, use the links below.

Shampoos and Rinses

Shampoos and Rinses are products that are intended to cleanse the hair. Rinses are intended to help condition the hair after shampooing. Some formulations are Shampoos and Rinses in the same product. The safety of these products is ensured through the careful selection of ingredients that are safe for these products. Manufacturers conduct extensive safety tests to ensure that these products are safe. Among the tests conducted are those to ensure that the products are not irritating or that they cause allergic reactions. As with all products, it is very important to read and follow the directions for use that are on the product. The FDA recommends that Hair Shampoos and Rinses be assessed to determine the type and degree of eye irritation that may occur, and to assure that products are not contaminated and will not become contaminated during normal use.

Tonics and Dressings

Tonics and Dressings are products that are intended facilitate combing and styling of the hair. They can be applied directly to the hair or by application to the brush or comb. The safety of these products is ensured through the careful selection of ingredients that are safe for these products. Manufacturers conduct extensive safety tests to ensure that these products are safe. Among the tests conducted, are those to ensure that the products are not irritating or that they do not cause allergic reactions. As with all products, it is very important to read and follow the directions for use that are on the product. Finally, the safety of products is monitored in the market-place through reports of consumer comments and complaints. Companies include a phone number on their products where comments or complaints may be reported.

Permanent Waves

Permanent Waves are treatment of the hair intended to produce curls or to alter existing curls. In cosmetology, it is termed a type of curl reformation. Humans have been attempting to add curl to straight hair for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians did this by wrapping their hair around wooden sticks; slathering it with mud from hot springs; letting it bake dry in the sun and then removing the mud. Presumably the mud had an alkaline chemical makeup that helped to set the curls. The safety of Permanent Waves is established by selection of ingredients that are safe and suitable for this purpose. In addition, Permanent Waves are rigorously assessed for their potential to cause scalp and eye irritation. Product safety is also established though strict adherence to the principles of Quality Assurance and Good Manufacturing Practices.

Hair Straighteners and Relaxers

Hair Straighteners and Relaxers are products that make hair become straight or straighter or to relax tightly curled hair to soften or loosen the curls. The safety of Hair Straighteners and Relaxers is established by selection of ingredients that are safe and suitable for this purpose. In addition, Hair Straighteners and Relaxers are rigorously assessed for their potential to cause scalp and eye irritation. Product safety is also established though strict adherence to the principles of Quality Assurance and Good Manufacturing Practices. This includes testing the compatibility of the product with packaging as well as shelf-life stability. It is especially important to follow the directions on the label of the product to ensure that the product performs as intended and that there is no irritation to the skin.

Hair Sprays

Hair spray products are quick-drying liquids sprayed on the hair to keep it in place. They contain ingredients that stick to the hair and hold it in place for a short period of time. The safety of Hair Sprays is established by selection of ingredients that are safe and suitable for this purpose. In addition, Hair Sprays are assessed for their potential to cause scalp and eye irritation. Product safety is also established though strict adherence to the principles of Quality Assurance and Good Manufacturing Practices. This includes testing the compatibility of the product with packaging as well as shelf-life stability. The FDA has does not permit the use of vinyl chloride or methylene chloride in aerosol products, including Hair Sprays.

Hair Conditioners

Hair Conditioners are used to make hair smooth and silky. They help by replacing materials, such as natural oils, lost during washing. The safety of Hair Conditioners is established by selection of ingredients that are safe and suitable for this purpose. In addition, Hair Conditioner Products are assessed for their potential to cause scalp and eye irritation. Product safety is also ensured though strict adherence to the principles of Quality Assurance and Good Manufacturing Practices. This includes testing the compatibility of the product with packaging as well as shelf-life stability. The FDA recommends that Hair Conditioners be assessed to determine the type and degree of eye irritation that may occur, and to assure that products are not contaminated and will not become contaminated during normal use.