CHICAGO (NewsNation Now) – OGX hair care product line is facing a class action lawsuit over the content of toxic chemicals alleged to have caused hair loss and scalp damage.
The class action lawsuit alleges that parent company Johnson and Johnson marketed the items as beneficial for hair care even though they knew they contained a chemical the company recognized as harmful.
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“Plaintiff (Larissa Whipple) bought the products because of the wrong uniform from Johnson & Johnson
Assurance that the products would straighten, nourish, soften, repair and / or revitalize your hair, ”the lawsuit reads.
Instead, she claims it caused baldness and scalp damage when used as described on the directions for use label.
A specific ingredient is DMDM hydantoin, a form of the carcinogenic formaldehyde. It was used as a preservative in all OGX products.
The lawsuit argues that Johnson and Johnson removed the chemical from their own products by the end of 2015, but did not set the same standard for the OGX products when they purchased them.
It also cites a section on the Johnson and Johnson website on consumer safety that states the company does not use the toxic chemical in any of its products.
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“Accordingly, Johnson & Johnson has misled and deceived the public and put its customers in danger, everything to achieve higher profits,” says the lawsuit.
NewsNation has asked Johnson and Johnson for an explanation, but the company has not responded at the time.
Read the full class action lawsuit