OGX DMDM Hydantoin Facebook Post (2023)


Consumers should avoid OGX products due to the presence of DMDM hydantoin, as the brand was sued over its formulations.



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On July 5 2021, a Facebook account shared a post warning people about OGX brand shampoo and DMDM hydantoin, writing:

If you are not aware, these are some of the OGX shampoos that Johnson & Johnson is being sued over. They have a chemical called DMDM hydantoin, which is a base component in formaldehyde. It can cause scalp irritation and hair loss as well as being a known carcinogen.

*Edit did not expect this to go as far as it did, but here are the shampoos and conditioners and to clarify what DMDM hydantoin does. It is a preservative known to slowly leach formaldehyde when it comes into contact with water


products listed in the lawsuit.

OGX Biotin + Collagen Shampoo
OGX Biotin + Collagen Conditioner
OGX Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Shampoo
OGX Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Conditioner
OGX Anti-Breakage and Keratin Oil Shampoo
OGX Anti-Breakage and Keratin Oil Conditioner
OGX Detox + Pomegranate & Ginger Shampoo
OGX Detox + Pomegranate & Ginger Conditioner
OGX Marula Oil Conditioner
OGX Nicole Guerriero Midnight Kisses Shampoo
OGX Nicole Guerriero Midnight Kisses Conditioner
OGX Nicole Guerriero Mistletoe Wishes Shampoo
OGX Nicole Guerriero Mistletoe Wishes Conditioner
OGX Nicole Guerriero Ice Berry Queen Shampoo
OGX Nicole Guerriero Ice Berry Queen Conditioner
OGX Extra Strength Hydrate & Repair and Argan Oil of Morocco Shampoo
OGX Extra Strength Hydrate & Repair and Argan Oil of Morocco Conditioner
OGX Ever Straightening and Brazilian Keratin Therapy Shampoo
OGX Ever Straightening and Brazilian Keratin Therapy Conditioner
OGX Kandee Johnson Candy Gumdrop Shampoo
OGX Kandee Johnson Candy Gumdrop Conditioner
OGX Kandee Johnson Frosted Sugar Cookie Shampoo
OGX Kandee Johnson Frosted Sugar Cookie Conditioner
OGX Kandee Johnson Sparkling Cider Shampoo
OGX Kandee Johnson Sparkling Cider Conditioner
OGX Quenching + Coconut Curls Shampoo
OGX Quenching + Coconut Curls Conditioner
OGX Hydrate + Defrizz and Kukui Oil Conditioner
OGX Youth Enhancing + Sake Essence Conditioner

A photograph of eight OGX shampoos was attached to the DMDM hydantoin warning, and a link included with the post led to a Justia.com “Dockets & Filings” page for a lawsuit brought by an individual against OGX’s parent company, Johnson & Johnson.

Like other popular Facebook advisories, the post referenced a common product (OGX shampoo), a nefarious-sounding ingredient (DMDM hydantoin), and a pending lawsuit. Several of the elements included background or context, which we’ll look at piece by piece.

(Video) What's Going on with OGX Products?!

What is OGX Beauty?

OGX is a retail-market (not sold in salons) hair care line, with formulations based on ingredients such as argan oil or coconut nilk:

Cold hands, soft hair. Our Argan Oil of Morocco shampoo, conditioner and oil helps renew, soften and strengthen your hair. #xoOGX pic.twitter.com/TO3XLwWWUe

— OGX Beauty (@OGXBeauty) February 10, 2017

An October 2017 Forbes profile described OGX’s beginnings as a drugstore brand:

After a two decade-long game of trial-and-error, [Founder Todd] Christopher finally released OGX in 2006. Without a multi-million dollar budget or access to famous spokesmodels, Christopher focused on the point-of-sale moment, as he calls it. That meant attracting buyers at the shelves, when they are making the split-second decision on a purchase. “Our bottle needed to speak to and catch the attention of our consumers.”

The OGX bottles are short and squat, boldly-colored in matte tones. The front has curly text to the brim, richly describing its ingredients in a story-like narrative. A few ingredients include coconut milk, Brazilian keratin therapy, argan oil of Morocco and soft & smooth shea.

In a previous section of the article, Forbes reported:

… Christopher has snipped and cut his way into The Forbes 400 list of the richest Americans with a net worth of $2.1 billion. He started selling hair-care products in the mid-80s out of the trunk of his car and grew it into Vogue International, a beauty powerhouse, releasing brands such as FX Styling, Proganix, Maui Moisture and his biggest hit, the monochromatic bottles of OGX. He sold a 49% minority stake to private equity firm The Carlyle Group in 2014. Two years later in July 2016, Christopher and Carlyle sold the entire company to Johnson & Johnson for $3.3 billion. Not bad for a high school dropout, only one of two in The Forbes 400.

What is DMDM Hydantoin?

ChemicalSafetyFacts.orgdescribed DMDM hydantoin as a common preservative in personal care products:

DMDM hydantoinis a “formaldehyde donor,” which means that to work as a preservative and antimicrobial, it releases small levels of formaldehyde throughout the shelf-life of a personal care product or cosmetic product. According to the Personal Care Products Council, preservatives such as DMDM hydantoin that “slowly releasing small, safe amounts of formaldehyde over time” help prevent harmful mold and bacteria. A recent safety assessment published in the International Journal of Toxicology reaffirmed that formaldehyde can be used safely in cosmetics if established safety limits are not exceeded.

The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR), an independent expert scientific panel established by the Personal Care Products Council, also has evaluated the scientific data and concluded that DMDM hydantoin is safe as a cosmetic ingredient at current levels of use – 0.074 percent, or less. In 2005, the CIR Expert Panel considered available new data on DMDM hydantoin and reaffirmed its safety conclusion.

The Cosmetics Directive of the European Union also has approved DMDM hydantoin as a preservative in cosmetics and personal care products at a maximum concentration of 0.6 percent.

(Video) OGX Shampoo & Conditioner Litigation - What You Need to Know - The "make up" of a lawsuit

The Environmental Working Group (EWG), whose claims have been occasionally characterized as “alarmist” or “misleading,” maintained a consumer guide for DMDM hydantoin. That site also described the preservative as a “formaldehyde releaser,” but a three-part risk-level chart did not identify it as particularly carcinogenic:

OGX DMDM Hydantoin Facebook Post (1)

Directly underneath that, a dropdown table provided counts for the number of products known to contain DMDM hydantoin:

OGX DMDM Hydantoin Facebook Post (2)

“Conditioner” was the largest number (154 products containing DMDM hydantoin), followed by “shampoo” (139 products) and “body wash/cleanser” (116 products). EWG also provided a list of products containing DMDM hydantoin, from “best” (presumably the lowest levels) to “worst.”

Sorting by “best” led to a page of products, several of which were OGX brand — at that same numerical ranking of “four” were products by brands including Axe, Neutrogena, VO5, Suave, Nexxus, Paul Mitchell, and Tresemme. Products by Dove and TIGI were ranked at a higher “five” than the OGX products on the first page.

Contrast that with a July 6 2021 WZTV report about the suit, which cited Neutrogena as an example of a successful formulation without DMDM hydantoin:

With the success of owning more than 250 subsidiary companies with brands like Neutrogena, Johnson’s and Tylenol, Whipple is asking why Johnson & Johnson kept using DMDM hydantoin as a preservative for more than a decade instead of using alternatives like derivatives of glyoxylic acid, sorbic acid, rosemary oil extract, lavender oil or grapefruit seed extract.

Immediately, it was quite clear that OGX was not unique in its usage of DMDM hydantoin, and that the preservative was present in a large number of popular brands.

Why Do So Many Brands Use DMDM Hydantoin?

According to cosmetics industry expert Paula Begoun, DMDM hydantoin is generally considered safe in personal care products:

[DMDM hydantoin is a]Synthetic, formaldehyde-releasing preservative that has mixed research on its potential to aggravate skin. Despite its connection to formaldehyde, the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Board has confirmed the safety of this preservative in three separate reviews, each spaced several years apart.

On a separate page about formaldehyde-releasing preservatives, Begoun’s site explained:

Common type of preservative found in cosmetics. Despite some claims, there is no higher level of skin reaction to formaldehyde-releasing preservatives than to other preservatives. In fact, there is a far greater risk to skin from a product without preservatives, because of the contamination and unchecked growth of mold that can result if no preservatives are used.

The Derm Review addressed the necessity of preservatives in products used on skin and hair:

(Video) The TRESemme Lawsuit: A Cosmetic Chemist Perspective on DMDM Hydantoin!

…food isn’t the only thing with a shelf life. Skincare and makeup have it too, which is [why] they often contain preservatives. CosmeticsInfo.org explains it this way. “Without preservatives, cosmetic products, just like food, can become contaminated, leading to product spoilage and possibly irritation or infections. Microbial contamination of products, especially those used around the eyes and on the skin, can cause significant problems. Preservatives help prevent such problems.”

Shampoo and conditioner are traditionally dispensed through a pump or flip cap, but many of the personal care products intended for daily or frequent use are exposed to potential contamination each time:

Makeup and skincare can — and does — go bad for a variety of reasons. According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), skincare products can degrade over time if they need to be scooped out with fingers, which introduces microorganisms as well as moisture, thereby making it easier for bacteria and fungi (yeast) to grow. The FDA notes that temperature changes and exposure to sunlight and air can cause products to smell, and change their color and texture.

So why are skincare products susceptible to breaking down? For one, they tend to be water based. According to a 2018 paper by Noureddine Halla, Isabel P. Fernandes and Maria Filomena Barreiro published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), “Water is an ideal growth factor for microorganisms… Cosmetics, like any product containing water and organic/inorganic compounds, require preservation against microbial contamination to guarantee consumer’s safety and to increase their Shelf-life.”


According to WebMD, it may be difficult to try and avoid formaldehyde completely. “A recent study commissioned by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics in conjunction with the Environmental Working Group, found formaldehyde in baby lotion, baby bubble bath, and baby shampoo. The chemical was not an intentional ingredient but was a byproduct of the manufacturing process.”

A subsequent section explained that bacterial contamination can be potentially dangerous for more than just cosmetic reasons:

Have There Been Any Major Issues With Bacterial Outbreaks in Skincare Products?

Yes. According to The New York Times, bacteria-contaminated facial lotions caused a small outbreak of blindness in the 1950s, which then lead to the use of parabens in cosmetics. Cosmetic and skincare recalls do occur. In 2019 Health Canada issued a recall for Herbivore Botanicals Pink Cloud Moisture Cream due to the possible presence of mold. In 2017 a lot of Beautycounter’s Nourishing Day Cream contained the bacteria Pluralibacter gergoviae, and the company issued a voluntary recall. In 2018 the US FDA, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) investigated a multistate outbreak of B. cepacia infections linked to Medline Remedy Essentials No-Rinse Cleansing Foam, which was recalled.

As widely indicated, preservatives like DMDM hydantoin are not present in formulations for no reason; they are used to prevent products from becoming contaminated in humid bathrooms after they are opened.

What About the OGX Lawsuit? Does DMDM Hydantoin Cause Hair Loss?

In the initial complaint filed in June 2021, the plaintiff alleged that Johnson & Johnson, which acquired OGX in July 2016, marketed OGX as a product which improves the texture and appearance of hair.

In the suit, the plaintiff stated DMDM hydantoin was the cause of hair loss, and as such, the claims were misleading:

OGX DMDM Hydantoin Facebook Post (3)

A July 6 2021 item published to a cosmetics trade site about the lawsuitaddressed the suit and similar efforts:

(Video) TRESemme LAWSUIT (DMDM hydantoin): Dermatologist Reacts| Dr Dray

The products are marketed to nourish, smooth and revive hair but according to Plaintiff Larissa Whipple, the products “falsely represent” those claims with their combination of ingredients including DMDM hydantoin, which has previously been alleged to cause hair loss and scalp irritation upon contact with water.

Previous DMDM Hydantoin Allegations

A previous suit was filed against Unilever/​Conopco for its DMDM hydantoin-containing TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Color Shampoo, to which industry expert Perry Romanowski, a consultant and former formulator on the TRESemmé brand, responded, “…There is zero scientific evidence to indicate DMDM hydantoin would cause any hair loss.”

The ingredient is a formaldehyde donor and is used to preserve formulations. Romanowski noted that numerous hair care brands use the ingredient in formulas and have done so for decades. “If this ingredient was causing hair loss problems, certainly the ingredient would have been noticed by consumers long before now.

With respect to the lawsuit’s status, the site reported:

Currently [as of July 6 2021], the suit is still under review, meaning there’s nothing consumers need to do to join the lawsuit. It will take time before a lawsuit reaches the point where consumers need to take action by filing a claim, which occurs if and when a settlement is reached.

If the case moves forward and settles, those affected will be able to join and should receive notice of the settlement with instructions on what to do next.

In March 2021, beauty-focused site Byrdie published“Here’s What Dermatologists Think About ‘Bad’ Hair Ingredients,” addressing scarelore on social media (among other things):

In the age of the influencer, it only takes one negative review for an ingredient or product to be baselessly written off (and for brands to adjust their marketing jargon accordingly). But we have to keep in mind that for certain ingredients, the very reason they don’t work for one hair type is what makes them so successful for another …after conducting thorough research and interviewing two board-certified dermatologists and a trichologist, we’ve discovered that a lot of “bad” haircare ingredients actually have a rightful place in certain formulations.

Byrdie ultimately examined eight ingredients frequently described as dangerous, with formaldehyde at number five and DMDM hydantoin at number six; each ingredient had its own section. Although consumers were advised to avoid formaldehyde if possible, the DMDM hydantoin section was different:

DMDM Hydantoin, also known as a formaldehyde donor, is an odorless, crystal-like substance that works as an antimicrobial agent, Dr. Markowitz explains. It is used as a preservative in personal care products to prevent the growth of bacteria. DMDM Hydantoin has received a lot of attention recently, as many consumers discovered it was a chemical that can release formaldehyde during use. Consumers reported experiencing hair loss after using products, like shampoo and conditioner, that contained DMDM Hydantoin.

The Verdict: [Dermatologist Dr. Orit] Markowitz cautions that it has a bad reputation because it has been linked to hair loss and several haircare brands have had lawsuits filed against them where hair loss has been claimed. She says it has also been linked to dermatitis, so she advises that “If you have a history of skin diseases like eczema or other skin allergies, it may be best to steer clear from products with DMDM Hydantoin, however there is no scientific data of any long term side effects.” [Trichologist Gretchen] Friese adds that “According to scientific research DMDM hydantoin is however a safe cosmetic ingredient when used at regulated levels. The amount of formaldehyde released from DMDM hydantoin is about the equivalent to the amount that naturally occurs in one medium sized apple or pear.”

In the broader context of safe formulation of cosmetics and personal care products, experts concurred that average consumers without pre-existing sensitivities were not at risk due to the presence of DMDM hydantoin. It was described as a “safe cosmetic ingredient.”

Moreover, Friese stated that the amount of formaldehyde released during standard usage of personal care products was similar to the “amount that naturally occurs in a medium sized apple or pear.”

(Video) DMDM hydantoin and hair loss?


A widely-shared July 2021 Facebook post claimed OGX products contain “a chemical called DMDM hydantoin, which is a base component in formaldehyde,” and it can cause scalp irritation and hair loss “as well as being a known carcinogen.” DMDM hydantoin is anantimicrobial formaldehyde releaser preservative, not “a base component in formaldehyde,” and it is generally considered safe and necessary by experts in formulation. Cosmetics expert Perry Romanowski addressed DMDM hydantoin concerns in reporting on the lawsuit, explaining thatmyriad hair care brands have used DMDM hydantoin for decades.


Does OGX still contain DMDM hydantoin? ›

WHAT ARE YOU REPLACING DMDM WITH? We're replacing DMDM Hydantoin in our products with Sodium Benzoate, a preservative commonly used in food and that is naturally found in cinnamon.

Does OGX body wash have formaldehyde? ›

If you are not aware, these are some of the OGX shampoos that Johnson & Johnson is being sued over. They have a chemical called DMDM hydantoin, which is a base component in formaldehyde.

Can DMDM hydantoin cause baldness? ›

Recent class-action lawsuits have alleged that DMDM hydantoin causes hair loss, but no scientific research supports this. Shampoo generally doesn't cause hair loss. That said, severe scalp irritation that develops after an allergic reaction can sometimes lead to hair loss.

Does OGX biotin and collagen thicken hair? ›

The nutrient-rich, plump-it-up power of this haircare infused with ProVitamin B7 biotin + collagen helps give each strand a beautiful boost. This dynamic duo will leave your hair feeling thicker, fuller and looking oh, so healthy.

Is OGX OK to use? ›

OGX is good for hair that are color-treated except for the OGX tea tree oil and mint shampoo which is a good clarifying shampoo to lighten hair color. This is one of the best shampoo for oily hair people.

Is there benzene in OGX shampoo? ›

and Vogue International LLC's OGX brand contains "dangerously high" levels of benzene, according to tests performed by Valisure, an independent laboratory.

What is the best drugstore shampoo without DMDM? ›

We love these 10 shampoos without DMDM hydantoin:

Herbal Essences Bio:Renew Birch Bark Extract Sulfate-Free Shampoo, $6. Redken All Soft Shampoo, $28. Maple Holistics Tea Tree Shampoo, $16. Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Shampoo, $3.

Does Dove soap have formaldehyde? ›

The independent Cosmetics Ingredient Review Expert Panel in the USA has concluded that the ingredient is safe for use. However, to rule out any concerns you may have, all Formaldehyde donors are being phased out of Dove products.

Is DMDM hydantoin the same as formaldehyde? ›

DMDM hydantoin is a formaldehyde releaser or donor, meaning it slowly releases the chemical formaldehyde as it breaks down in the product over time to prevent mold and bacteria from growing. It works by slowing or stopping the growth of potentially harmful microbes such as fungi, yeast and bacteria.

Did OGX change their ingredients? ›

Basically, we've switched up our formulas to improve hair care results and also removed an ingredient some consumers have questions about. At OGX, our mission has always been to create the best and most innovative products that give you the results you want.

What ingredient in shampoo makes hair fall out? ›

Sulfates. Sulfates are chemicals with strong cleansing agents. The theory behind hair loss and sulfates is that ingredients like sodium lauryl sulfate damage and irritate hair follicles. 4 Damage to the hair follicle may result in breakage, which can resemble or appear as hair loss.

Is DMDM A Carcinogen? ›

DMDM hydantoin is a chemical used to protect cosmetics and personal care products from microorganisms. It is a type of formaldehyde-releasing chemical. Formaldehyde is a known allergen and carcinogen. Despite this, however, the amount of DMDM hydantoin present in cosmetics is likely safe for those not allergic to it.

Is OGX good for thin hair? ›

Plump up the volume in thin hair with the OGX Thick & Full + Biotin & Collagen Hair Volumizing Shampoo. Ideal for flat to medium volume hair, this thickening shampoo leaves hair feeling fuller and helps create more abundant-looking locks.

Which OGX shampoo is best for hair growth and thickness? ›

OGX Thick & Full + Biotin & Collagen Shampoo is the best shampoo for volume. It is enriched with collagen, vitamin B7, biotin, and hydrolyzed wheat protein that infuse nutrients into every hair strand. This unique blend of natural ingredients leaves your hair looking fuller and shinier.

Can I use OGX biotin and collagen shampoo everyday? ›

For users with oily scalp, using a biotin shampoo daily is a good way to keep the scalp clean and the hair nourished. However, for dry and normal hair, shampooing every day is not a necessity. So, for them, using it three times a week is good.

What does OGX shampoo do to your hair? ›

OGX Extra Strength Biotin & Collagen Shampoo is a volume-creating powerhouse with an extra helping of vitamins and proteins to pump up flat strands. Extra body doesn't mean extra weight with a thickening, sulfate-free surfactant blend of nourishing ingredients for... Nourishing ingredients for full, voluminous hair.

What country is OGX from? ›

Dommo Energia, formerly OGX, a Brazilian oil and natural gas company that is controlled by the conglomerate EBX Group. .

Who owns OGX? ›

OGX Brand ​- J&J Consumer Health | J&J Consumer Health.

Is there a lawsuit against Olaplex? ›

Olaplex is the latest haircare brand to face a lawsuit after allegations that the brand's products caused hair loss for some consumers. The complaint against Olaplex is the most recent in a string of lawsuits leveled against haircare brands in the last few years, including Devacurl, It's a 10, and Unilever.

Which shampoo does not contain benzene? ›

The Vegamour GRO Dry Shampoo is formulated without benzene and is 100% vegan and cruelty-free. It uses organic rice starch to give you that oil-free finish, along with the fresh bergamot scent for that revitalized feel.

What shampoos have high benzene? ›

The highest benzene levels among the dry shampoos were found in a popular brand called Not Your Mother's. Other brands found to have elevated benzene included Batiste, Sun Bum, John Paul Mitchell Systems and Church & Dwight Co.'s Batiste.

What is another name for DMDM in shampoo? ›

DMDM hydantoin is an antimicrobial formaldehyde releaser preservative with the trade name Glydant.

What does DMDM hydantoin do for hair? ›

DMDM hydantoin works by slowing and preventing spoilage in personal care products such as shampoos and hair conditioners, moisturizers and foundation makeup. As an antimicrobial, DMDM hydantoin can help prevent the growth of fungi, yeast and harmful bacteria.

What other names does DMDM hydantoin have? ›

Synonyms for DMDM Hydantoin
  • 1,3-dimethylol-5,5-dimethyl hydantoin.
  • 1,3-Bis (hydroxymethyl)-5,5-dimethyl-2,4-imidazolidinedione butyl carbamate.
  • Dimethylol dimethyl hydantoin.
  • Dantoin DMDMH.
  • DMDMH.
  • Glydant.
  • Mackstat DM.
  • Nipaguard DMDMH.

What soaps have no formaldehyde? ›

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  • Raw Sugar Simply Bar Soap Lemon Sugar - 2pk - 5oz each. Raw Sugar. ...
  • Dr. Bronner's Almond Bar Soap - 5oz. ...
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What ingredient in shampoo turns into formaldehyde? ›

Diazolidinyl urea releases the most formaldehyde of any FRP. Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate is found in shampoo, moisturizer, conditioner, and lotion.

What is the recall on Dove soap? ›

Unilever voluntarily recalled products from brands such as TRESemme, Suave, Dove and more due to concerns about benzene. Unilever voluntarily recalled more than a dozen dry shampoo aerosol products from brands such as TRESemme, Suave, Dove and more, due to concerns about benzene, a chemical known to cause cancer.

What companies use DMDM hydantoin? ›

  • NOTO Botanics. The Wash. ...
  • Sebastian. Penetraitt Strengthening and Repair Shampoo. ...
  • AYAM Beautycare. Shampoo, Argan Oil + Dead Sea Minerals. ...
  • AXE. Shampoo, Cool Metal. ...
  • Suave. Keratin Infusion Color Care Shampoo 28 fl oz. ...
  • Sedal Co Creations Instant Restoration Shampoo. MODERATE HAZARD. ...
  • Luseta Biotin & Collagen Shampoo. ...
  • AYAM Beautycare.

Does Pantene have DMDM hydantoin? ›

Well, we did our research and found that the ingredient DMDM hydantoin, which is in Pantene products and works as a preservative, is indeed a “formaldehyde donor.” That means it releases formaldehyde but only in small amounts that are considered safe by many experts.

What are the symptoms of DMDM hydantoin? ›

This contact allergy may cause your skin to react when it is exposed to this substance although it may take several days for the symptoms to appear. Typical symptoms include redness, swelling, itching, and fluid-filled blisters.

Who is the competitor of OGX? ›

Organix's competitors and similar companies include GenScript, JHL Biotech, Praxis Pharmaceutical and Immuneed.

What is OGX made from? ›

Our Ingredients Speak For Themselves.

Argan oil of Morocco, coconut milk, teatree mint and shea – you can see why we put our ingredients right on the front of the bottle.

Is all OGX color safe? ›

The good news is, all (yep, all) of our OGX shampoos are gentle and safe enough for color treated hair.

Which vitamin deficiency causes hair loss? ›

Only riboflavin, biotin, folate, and vitamin B12 deficiencies have been associated with hair loss.

What is the Tiktok ingredient in shampoo that causes hair loss? ›

DMDM hydantoin is a preservative ingredient used in cosmetic products. The ingredient is getting a lot of attention in light of several class-action lawsuits against big haircare companies for using the DMDM hydantoin, which allegedly causes hair loss.

Can Olaplex cause hair loss? ›

However, OLAPLEX products have been tested for safety and efficacy, and they do not cause hair loss or breakage.”

What are the symptoms of being exposed to formaldehyde? ›

Breathing formaldehyde fumes causes watery eyes and burning in the eyes, nose and throat. Other symptoms are skin irritation and rashes, nausea, coughing and chest tightness, an upset stomach and trouble breathing. Breathing formaldehyde may cause an attack in people with asthma.

What are the symptoms of formaldehyde poisoning? ›

Ingestion of aqueous solutions of formaldehyde can result in severe corrosive injury to the esophagus and stomach. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, inflammation of the stomach, and ulceration and perforation of the oropharynx, epiglottis, esophagus, and stomach may occur.

What is the hair loss ingredient lawsuit? ›

A lawsuit claims Olaplex products contain allergens and irritants that cause hair loss and dry, brittle hair. Nearly 30 women are suing hair care brand Olaplex for negligence and false advertising, claiming their products contain allergens and irritants that caused them hair loss and dry, brittle hair.

What is better for thinning hair biotin or collagen? ›

Based on different studies, it appears that the better supplement recommended to combat thinning hair and maintaining hair health is biotin over collagen. It's far superior in terms of topical absorption and can be absorbed from many foods as part of a healthy, varied diet.

What shampoo to avoid with thin hair? ›

Steer clear of " lanolin, petroleum and mineral oil," counsels Dr. Dorin. "They weigh down thin hair, preventing natural oils from being absorbed."

Which OGX shampoo is best for thin hair? ›

OGX Thick & Full+ Biotin & Collagen Shampoo

The OGX Thick & Full+ Biotin & Collagen shampoo will have your hair looking thick and luxurious in no time. This product uses a variety of ingredients, all full of vitamins and minerals, to take your hair from thin to a win in no time.

Does OGX still have DMDM? ›

WHAT ARE YOU REPLACING DMDM WITH? We're replacing DMDM Hydantoin in our products with Sodium Benzoate, a preservative commonly used in food and that is naturally found in cinnamon.

Is OGX good for damaged hair? ›

OGX Fade-Defying + Orchid Oil Shampoo

Key Benefits: provides hair with protection against UV rays, hydrates and moisturizes hair, provides nutrients, helps treat damaged hair. Features: Contains orchid extract that amplifies hair color and adds shine. Contains grapeseed oil that nourishes, hydrates and moisturizes hair.

Which shampoo is best for hair loss and thickness? ›

13 Best Shampoos For Hair Growth In 2023
  • Blu Atlas Shampoo.
  • KeraCare Dry and Itchy Scalp Anti-Dandruff Moisturizing Shampoo.
  • Head & Shoulders Deep Scalp Cleanse Anti-Dandruff Shampoo.
  • L'Oréal EverStrong Thickening Shampoo.
  • T/Sal Therapeutic Shampoo.
  • CLn Healthy Scalp Shampoo.
  • Olaplex No.
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Does biotin and collagen shampoo prevent hair loss? ›

It's believed that biotin can help improve hair growth, give fine hair a boost in volume, and even help reduce hair loss and thinning.

Does biotin and collagen shampoo make hair thicker? ›

Biotin-infused shampoos work to strengthen follicles, while adding thickness and volume to your strands; soft and glossy ends are other benefits.

Does biotin make hair thicker? ›

Strengthens and thickens: Biotin "is well known for its positive effects on hair including growing stronger thicker strands," says Friese. Protects: Because biotin strengthens hair, it is less likely to break off at the ends, promoting and protecting length, explains Friese.

Is there another name for DMDM hydantoin? ›

DMDM hydantoin is an antimicrobial formaldehyde releaser preservative with the trade name Glydant.

Is there a lawsuit on shampoo with DMDM? ›

DMDM hydantoin, a preservative in shampoos, conditioners and other water-based personal care products, is the focus of several class-action lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson and Unilever claiming exposure to the substance led to hair loss.

Is OGX shampoo being sued? ›

July 19, 2021 -- A class-action lawsuit has been filed against Johnson & Johnson with the claim that the company's OGX hair care products cause significant hair loss. The products are sold at major national retailers, including Target, Ulta, CVS, Walmart, and Walgreens.

Do all shampoos have DMDM hydantoin? ›

If you want to be on the safe side, the even better news is that there are tons of shampoos that don't contain formaldehyde-releasing preservatives like DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, or quaternium-15, so you don't have to wonder if your hair routine is causing hair loss.

What shampoo does not contain DMDM hydantoin? ›

  • True Botanicals. When looking for shampoo without DMDM, True Botanicals is the real deal. ...
  • Annemarie. This is one of the best shampoo brands without DMDM hydantoin. ...
  • Juice Organics. If you have color-treated or damaged hair, try Juice Organics. ...
  • Acure. ...
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Does Fructis have DMDM in it? ›

No parabens, no silicones, no phthalates, and no DMDM hydantoin. All Garnier products, globally, are officially approved by Cruelty Free International under the Leaping Bunny program.

Does Garnier Fructis have DMDM hydantoin? ›

Resist breakage with Fructis Grow Strong system of shampoo, conditioner, and leave-in cream. Hair is left moisturized, smooth, and detangled. Our technology is infused with apple extract and niacinamide. No parabens, no phthalates, and no DMDM hydantoin.

What are the symptoms of DMDM hydantoin allergy? ›

This contact allergy may cause your skin to react when it is exposed to this substance although it may take several days for the symptoms to appear. Typical symptoms include redness, swelling, itching, and fluid-filled blisters.

Does Dove contain DMDM? ›

Although generally considered safe to use by the cosmetic review panel, DMDM hydantoin is still associated with hair loss and scalp irritation. Some Dove shampoos like the Dove Soothing Moisture Anti-Dandruff Shampoo contain DMDM hydantoin.

Can I get a refund from OGX? ›

We believe if you try our OGX® hair care products, you'll love them! So much so that we offer a money-back guarantee to anyone who isn't completely satisfied.

Who is OGX owned by? ›

This site contains links to sites not under the control of Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health.

Who owns OGX company? ›

OGX or .

Dommo Energia, formerly OGX, a Brazilian oil and natural gas company that is controlled by the conglomerate EBX Group. .


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