TRESemmé Lawsuit Claims Shampoo Causes Hair Loss, Scalp Burns

The lawsuit alleges that the shampoo causes scalp burns and hair loss, and has caused many other people to also experience similar problems.

The shampoo lawsuit hair loss list is a list of lawsuits that claim shampoo causes hair loss, scalp burns.



TRESemmé keratin shampoo and conditioner have been linked to hair loss and severe scalp burns, according to two women who have launched a class action complaint against the company for neglecting to notify them about a hazardous ingredient in the products. Since then, many more class action cases have been filed, and the Food and Drug Administration has issued revised advice on hair smoothing products (FDA).

Women in Philadelphia are claiming significant financial losses.

Robyn Lipetz and Shannon Keener, both of Philadelphia, allege that Unilever United States Inc., the manufacturer of the TRESemmé hair care brand, and Conopco Inc., its distributor, should be held responsible for the severe harm they and others have experienced.

According to their class action complaint, a component in the goods – DMDM hydantoin – which is linked to formaldehyde, caused their hair loss and scalp lesions.


When administered directly to the scalp, for example, formaldehyde is a recognized carcinogen that may induce cancer and other less severe responses when absorbed into the skin. Microbes may be prevented from developing in water-based compounds by formaldehyde-releasing preservatives such the DMDM hydantoin in TRESemmé keratin shampoo.

The usage of it in TRESemmé products is superfluous, according to the class action complaint, since safer alternatives are now available.

Unilever and Conopco are accused of violating the Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Act, as well as consumer fraud statutes, according to the class action complaint. The class action lawsuit claims that the company’s practice of failing to warn customers about the presence of DMDM hydantoin in keratin products and the risk of hair loss and scalp irritation amounts to a breach of express, contract/common law, and implied warranty, as well as fraud and unjust enrichment.

TRESemmé keratin shampoos and conditioners claim to “thoroughly nourish,” “gently wash,” and “repair” hair while providing softness and luster.

“Unilever has known for at least a decade that DMDM hydantoin, when used as a preservative in hair products, particularly keratin products, may cause or contribute to hair loss and scalp irritation,” according to the class action complaint. Furthermore, Unilever has already faced similar legal action with relation to its Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion product line.


Suave products were recalled in 2012, and the firm agreed to pay $10.2 million to resolve a class action lawsuit in 2014.

1631371304_811_TRESemme-Lawsuit-Claims-Shampoo-Causes-Hair-Loss-Scalp-BurnsLipetz and Keener are attempting to represent a class of TRESemmé consumers who bought keratin products and were injured as a result of their use. There are “thousands, if not hundreds of thousands,” of prospective Class Members, according to their attorneys.

TRESemmé Hair and Scalp Damage Affects Customers

Between January and February, Lipetz, 67, bought TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Color and applied it for two weeks. She claims she stopped when she discovered she was growing bald patches and had “redness, hotness, and itchiness” on her scalp.

According to Keener, her experience was more terrible. The 32-year-old purchased the same shampoo and TRESemmé keratin conditioner as Lipetz. According to the class action complaint, she utilized the items for two months before needing medical care.

“After the first few applications, Keener experienced scalp irritation, blisters, pimples, and a burning feeling on her scalp…. Hair loss started when she continued to use the products, with clumps of hair falling out while bathing, combing, or simply touching her hair, according to the class action complaint.


Due to the ongoing discomfort to her scalp and hair loss, she sought medical treatment from her primary care doctor and dermatologist in February.

According to her, she was given a medicinal shampoo to treat the injuries.

The class action claims that “nowhere on the package labeling, Unilever’s websites, or other marketing materials did Unilever warn [consumers] that they were at risk of severe hair loss and/or scalp irritation.”

TRESemmé Hair Damage Claims Lead to a Decade of Class Actions

Several class action lawsuits have subsequently been filed alleging that TRESemmé smoothing hair treatments caused scalp injury and hair loss in customers.

The complaints allege that Unilever neglected to warn that DMDM hydantoin, an ingredient in its hair smoothing line, may cause serious problems such as hair breakage and loss, as well as severe scalp injuries.

According to a class action lawsuit filed by a New Jersey lady, TRESemmé Keratin Smooth shampoo is “dangerous and unsafe for sale as over-the-counter hair smoothing shampoo products.”

“Despite knowing since at least 2012 that DMDM hydantoin, as a formaldehyde donor, can cause or contribute to hair loss and scalp irritation, Unilever continued to proudly include this ingredient as a preservative in its products, even going so far as to represent to the public that DMDM hydantoin is safe for use in its hair care products,” writes an Illinois consumer in her complaint.

In a class action complaint filed in Canada, consumers express similar concerns, pointing out that there are many safe alternatives to DMDM hydantoin, yet Unilever continues to utilize the hazardous chemical and promotes the safety of its TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shampoo products.

The FDA has issued a warning about hair smoothing products.

The FDA said in a March 2 update to its article “Formaldehyde in Hair Smoothing Products: What You Should Know” that most hair smoothing or straightening products emit formaldehyde gas into the air during the straightening or smoothing process.

The EPA cautions that formaldehyde gas is a recognized human carcinogen, adding that “[f]ormaldehyde exposure may have both short- and long-term consequences that may affect your health.”

Have you seen any hair loss or damage to your scalp after using TRESemmé keratin shampoo or conditioner? Let us know what happened in the comments section below.

Jonathan Shuba bd Kevin Laukaitis of Shub Law Firm LLC; Melissa R. Emert and Gary S. Graifman of Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, P.C.; Andrew J. Sciolla of Sciolla Law Firm LLC; Daniel K. Bryson, Harper T Segui, and Caroline Ramsey Taylor of Whitfield Bryson, LLP are representing lead plaintiff Lipetz and the proposed Class Members.

Robyn Lipetz, et al. v. Unilever United States, Inc., et al., Case No. 2:20-cv-06350, is a Hair Loss Class Action Lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

The shampoo lawsuit list 2020 is a list of lawsuits that have been filed against shampoo companies. These lawsuits claim that the shampoo causes hair loss, scalp burns, and other negative effects.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does TRESemme shampoo make your hair fall out?

Unfortunately, TRESemme does not make shampoo for people with curly hair.

What ingredient in TRESemme causes hair loss?

The ingredient in TRESemme that causes hair loss is Cyclosheximide, which is a fungicide.

Does TRESemme shampoo have formaldehyde in it?

No, TRESemme does not contain formaldehyde.

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