We are currently investigating cases where we believe American women have been deceived by Clairol’s representations regarding their Clairol’s Balsam Color hair dyeing kit (also labeled as “The Balsam Color Kit”). Although Clairol’s Balsam Color Kit is marketed as “designed to give” the user “vibrant” and “shiny” hair, make from a “luxurious formula”, “enriched with conditioning botanicals to coat each strand” that “softens hair”, “hydrates locks for soft, silky hair”, and that is “available in 16 shades”, the Product also contains caustic ingredients such as p-Phenylenediamine (“PPD”). PPD is a harsh chemical dye that is widely used in not only hair color, but it is also used in the textile industry, dying furs, ink cartridges for printing, oils, greases, and other industrial uses.
In 2006, PPD was named contact allergen of the year by the American Contact Dermatitis Society and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has determined that PPD is one of five substances meeting the definition of a “strong sensitizer”; specifically, PPD and products that contain PPD are deemed to “have a significant potential for causing hypersensitivity”. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has determined PPD “may have effects on the kidneys, resulting in kidney impairment” and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has noted several acute and significant health problems related to PPD exposure:
- Systemic Anaphylaxis;
- Severe dermatitis;
- Eye Irritation and Tearing;
- Renal failure;
- Tremors, convulsions and comas; and
- Eczematoid contact dermatitis.
Despite all the evidence of PPD being a dangerous, toxic chemical, Clairol has placed no restrictions or warnings concerning cumulative or repeated use of the Product or PPD on the Products packaging, packet inserts or marketing materials for their Balsam Color Kit.
What’s worse, in 2001, a study performed by the Cleveland Clinic concluded that the sensitization rate of PPD in African American users was 10.6% versus 4.5% in Caucasian users. Thus, while the Product has an unacceptable and unreasonable rate of adverse reaction in the general population, the rate of adverse reaction is even more unacceptable in African American women.
If you or a loved one has used Clairol’s Balsam Color hair dyeing kit and suffered hair loss, burns, blistering or scarring of the scalp, you may be entitled to join a class action suit our firm has filed. Contact us online or call us toll free at 1-866-252-3535.