A popular hair product fire risk has been alleged after users who applied heat to the substance say that they were burned as result.
The hair product said to cause a fire risk is Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Anti Frizz Serum used for styling hair and often combined with blow drying or flat ironing. Both class action and individual lawsuits have been filed relating to the alleged hair product fire risk, a risk Garnier parent company L’Oreal denies.
In reference to the suits, the hair product’s maker said:
“Regarding both cases, it is L’Oréal’s policy not to comment on ongoing litigation.”
However, in a comment to press, the company did address the hair product fire risk claims, saying:
“L’Oreal denies the allegations and will continue to vigorously defend Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Anti Frizz Serum as safe for consumers.”
A local news site spoke to one teen who says she was injured after using the hair product and applying heat when styling. Jasmine Davis of West Helena, Arkansas was just 13 when she was injured after using Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Anti Frizz Serum and then applying a comb heated on a burner to her hair.
Davis says she was disfigured by resultant burns to her head, neck, and face. In a suit brought by her family alleging that the hair product fire risk was not disclosed by the company, Davis seeks punitive damages as well as compensation for medical expenses.
Those urging a warning about the hair product fire risk say that while most styling tools reach far hotter temperatures, Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Anti Frizz Serum has ignited on human hair at just 171 degrees.