EU Bans Hair Dye Chemicals

Last week Reuters reported on the link between lymphoma and hair dye. This week the European Commission announced plans to ban 22 substances in hair dye proven to cause bladder cancer. The Associated Press reports:
"Substances for which there is no proof that they are safe will disappear from the market," said European Union Industry Commissioner Guenter Verheugen. "Our high safety standards do not only protect EU consumers, they also give legal certainty to (the) European cosmetics industry."

The Commission had asked the cosmetics industry to provide safety files for all chemicals used in hair dyes to prove they do not pose a health risk for consumers.
The ban goes into effect December 1st.
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Linda - July 20, 2006 2:25 PM

It's about time! It's been alleged for years that all those hair chemicals -- for perms, I think, too -- are dangerous.

I've never dyed my hair, but, if I were to, I would use henna, black tea, or other purportedly safe coloring.

peggy marra - April 4, 2008 8:08 AM

Is there any connection between migraine headaches and hair dye?

Blooming tea - September 30, 2010 12:00 AM

Ban all products that cause harm to us all. Great move!

gary shaw - December 26, 2010 3:31 AM

I had my hair dyed in 2004 and a few months later I got "SEVERE" migrain headaches for the first time in my life. I went to a specialist Nuerosurgeon and had myself fully checked out and head x rays as I naturally thought I had a brain tumour! Nothing. ... then, four months ago in 2010, I had my hair dyed again. You guessed it, SEVERE Migrains started again a few months later and have been going on daily for the last two months! The night of Xmas Eve just passed, I got no sleep all night and thought my head wad going to explode with pain!!! Do Hair Dyes cause migraines??? You be the judge!!! G Shaw B App Sc (Biol).

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