FDA Introduces New Hair Product Warning Rules

  • By Wu Liang-yi and Jake Chung / Journalist, with editor-in-chief

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday released an overview of the hair product warning label regulations due July 1, 2021.

The agency made the announcement following an amendment to the Cosmetic Hygiene and Safety Act (化妝化妝) mandating additional warning labels on hair products, such as advising users of perming, dyeing and bleaching products should avoid contact with the skin and that these products should be used no more than once a week.

Existing regulations only cover products that do not require heating, but the changes cover permanent products, the agency said.

Photo: Wu Liang-yi, Taipei Times

Dyeing and perming damage hair, Taiwan Dermatological Association spokesperson Huang Yu-hui (黃毓惠) said.

The dyes get into the cuticle and into the cortex, and if followed by a perm, they could seriously damage the hair, Huang said.

It should be a week between dyeing and perming, she said, adding that stylists usually remind people to space out the use of the products.

Any violation of the law could result in a fine of up to NT $ 1 million (US $ 31,827), said FDA official Huang Wei-sheng (黃維生).

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