The FDA orders removal of lead from hair color

Good news, DIY dyers: Food and Drug Administration is finally Make moves to get out of your hair dye.

In a new report from NBC News, the FDA has acknowledged how dangerous it is to be exposed to lead (or in this case rub the entire scalp and hair) really can be. "Approximately 40 years ago, lead acetate was originally approved as color additive, our understanding of the risk of lead exposure has evolved significantly. We now know that the approved use of lead acetate in adult hair colors no longer meets our safety standards," said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb in a statement, per NBC News. "Lead exposure can have serious adverse effects on human health, even for children who may be particularly vulnerable."

If you are something like me, you probably read this and think: "Wait, there has been a lead in my hair color all the time?" Type. The good news is that most of the products on the market released the wire long ago, but some long-term corrective dyes – like Grecian Formula, which allegedly use heavy metal to darken gray hair over time – are still full of stuff. And according to NBC News, there is no such thing as "safe management levels", which means that some form of exposure can lead to organ damage, increased blood pressure and a host of other problems, especially among children.

Consumer groups have driven the ban on lead in hair products, and the FDA has finally followed their call. The administration has given companies a year to eliminate lead from their ingredients, and until then labels must provide a clear warning that it is present in their products.

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