Nigerian News | NAFDAC Alerts Nigerians of Formaldehyde in Hair Smoothing

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has been informed by U.S Food and Drug Administration of the short- and long-term effects of formaldehyde exposure in hair smoothing products.

Most hair smoothing or straightening products release formaldehyde gas, a known human carcinogen as classified by the International Agency for Research on cancer, into the air during hair straightening or smoothing process. When formaldehyde is released into the air and is present in the air at levels exceeding 0.1 ppm, it can cause serious irritation of the eyes, nose and lungs. It can also cause skin sensitivity or allergic dermatitis.

The agency reportedly advised Nigerians not to apply the hair products themselves at home but visit a licensed hair professional who is trained to take precautions such as wearing gloves and safety glasses, as well as making sure that there is proper ventilation when applying hair smoothing products.

The agency advised Nigerians to always check the ingredient names on the packaging for formaldehyde, formalin, or methylene glycol before purchasing. 

If you experience a bad response to a hair smoothing solution, halt use of the product or service and report your reactions to your health care provider.

The agency indulged consumers, Hair and health professionals to report adverse events or quality problems experienced with the use of these Smoothing products to the nearest NAFDAC office.

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Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email:

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