FDA often gets questions from both salon professionals and their clients about the safety of cosmetic products used in hair, nail, skin care, and spray tanning salons. Here is a list of resources people often ask for when they’re concerned about salon safety.
Information on hair dyes, straighteners, and more
- Hair-Smoothing Products That Release Formaldehyde When Heated
- Warning Letter Cites Van Tibolli Beauty Corp. GK Hair Taming System for Safety and Labeling Violations
- Warning Letter Cites Brazilian Blowout for Safety and Labeling Violations
- Safety Tips for Hair Dyes and Relaxers (PDF: 497KB)
- Hair Dye Products (Fact sheet)
- View More Resources on Hair Products
Information on products such as nail polishes, extenders, and hardeners
Skin Care Products
Information on products used to cleanse and beautify the skin
Information on tanning products that are regulated as cosmetics
- Sunless Tanners and Bronzers
- Required Warning Statement for Tanning Products Without Sunscreen
- View More Resources on Tanning Products
Remember, sunlamps and tanning beds are not cosmetics. They are regulated by FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, and you will find information on them under Sunlamps and Sunlamp Products (Tanning Beds/Booths).
Learn the rules you need to know if you make or market your own products. Find out about starting a cosmetics business, labeling, imports, and more.
FDA does not have the authority to order a recall, but we do help firms make sure their recalls are effective, and we post information on product safety concerns.
FDA has authority over cosmetic product safety, but other agencies regulate workplace safety.
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration: The federal agency that regulates workplace safety
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health: For research on workplace safety
Your state and local licensing authorities also may have requirements, and you will need to contact them directly.
Trade and Professional Resources
FDA doesn’t endorse any trade or professional organizations or publications, but we do provide contact information that may be helpful to you.
- Trade and Professional Associations of Interest to the Cosmetics Industry
- Cosmetics Trade Publications