At least two lawsuits have been filed after users of popular hair products were burned because the victims say the products failed to warn that they are flammable.
The family of a 6-year-old Kansas City girl are exploring their legal options after Tah'Mia Gorman's hair caught fire while walking past a stove that was turned on. The girl nearly died after suffering horrific burns to her head and face. She is now home recovering.
LaBaron Hairdressing Academy has its students begin working on dummies so that by the time they get to actual clients they know what not to do.
"We don't turn our flat irons up above 365 degrees," LaBaron instructor Heather Morton said. "When you're using both your hair spray or your scalp conditions, these are products that can become highly flammable in heat."
Morton said the academy uses professional products that have clear flammable warnings.
Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Anti Frizz Serum is the target of two lawsuits alleging the parent company, L'Oreal, failed to adequately warn customers that the two main ingredients are flammable.
Tah'Mia had TCB Naturals Hair and Scalp Conditioner on her hair. TCB says its product ignites at temperatures above 200 degrees but attorneys say the flashpoint is 171 degrees. The temperature quickly rises above 200 degrees on an academy flat iron.
Stylists say the order in which you apply products is key. They recommend straightening only clean and dry hair then using a petroleum- or alcohol-based product.
None of the L'Oreal or TCB products are considered flammable under current product safety regulations imposed by the federal government.
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