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The FDA Acts to Remove Lead From At-Home Hair Color

The FDA Wants Lead Removed From Hair Dye, and I Didn't Even Know It Was There

Young woman dyeing hair at the hairdresser's.

Not-so-fun-fact: you might have to worry about lead being in your hair dye — but the good news is that the FDA has taken a major step to change that. The organization has repealed the approval for the use of toxic chemical compound lead acetate from hair coloring products. While few hair coloring products on the US market still contain lead, it has been in dyes sold to gradually recolor gray hair, NBC News reported.

Exposure to lead has been "linked to developmental issues, reduced fertility, organ system toxicity, cancer, and other serious health problems," according to Melanie Benesh, legislative attorney at EWG. To that we say, good riddance.

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