The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Saturday said the public should be wary about using washable hair chalk being sold on the Internet.
In an advisory, the FDA expressed concern over the fad of teenagers on using hair chalk.
It said these products may contain ingredients such as dyes or colorants, chemicals, and preservatives that could cause allergies “and adverse reaction on the scalp, head, eyes, and skin.”
The FDA explained that hair chalking involves rubbing a piece of colored pastel chalk onto hair strands to change their color. It can also be applied through a hair straightening iron.
The agency said that while it is waiting for the “notification in conformance” by the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive for Washable Hair Chalks, the public should only use FDA-approved products to ensure its safety and quality.
JOHANNA M. SAMPAN