Johnson & Johnson’s OGX hair-care products, specifically the shampoo and conditioner from various lines, are currently the subject of a class-action lawsuit claiming the formulas lead to hair loss in consumers.
According to the lawsuit, plantiff Larissa Whipple’s biggest worry is that one of the main ingredients in a handful of the products is DMDM hydantoin, a preservative and antimicrobial agent that may cause hair loss. The lines in question are the brand’s Argan Oil, Biotin, Coconut Oil, Collagen and Pomegranate lines.
“Johnson & Johnson made a number of affirmative misrepresentations … that the products ‘deeply nourish,’ ‘gently cleanse,’ and ‘repair hair,’” states the lawsuit according to Prevention. “However, the products’ formula contains an ingredient, or combination of ingredients, that has caused Plaintiff and thousands of consumers to experience hair loss and/or scalp irritation.”
Johnson & Johnson also told Prevention its resonating behind using the ingredient in its products: “Some of our existing products contain a small amount of DMDM hydantoin, a preservative used to prevent mold from developing while the product is in the shower. Every preservative used in our products must clear our rigorous safety assessment process. We are working with our partners to ensure our evolved formulations are included across the entire collection of shampoos and conditioners.”
Stay tuned to NewBeauty for updates as the suit progresses.
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