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What is TRESemmé?

A young woman holds a TRESemmé TRES TWO hairspray bottle.TRESemmé is an American hair care brand. It was first created in 1947 by Godefroy Manufacturing Company in Manhattan, NYC, NY. It was acquired by Alberto-Culver, a hair and skincare product manufacturer, in 1968. Then, it was acquired again by Unilever in 2010. Unilever currently owns the brand. After Unilever purchased the brand, it developed and expanded the product line further.

TRESemmé is known for creating products suited to a range of hair types. They were originally intended to be distributed only in hair salons and are widely found in these establishments today. However, they eventually were marketed to pharmacies and supermarkets, spreading these product lines to the consumer.

Currently, TRESemmé is used in beauty salons across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Asia. 

What is TRESemmé Used For?

TRESemmé has a wide range of products consumers and beauty salons use to clean, condition, and style hair. Hair salons, in particular, use the product to help repair hair damaged by things like blowdrying and hair ironing.

TRESemmé Shampoo and Conditioner bottles and trademark logo.What Types of Products Does TRESemmé Sell?

TRESemmé sells a variety of hair care products:

  • Shampoo (wet and dry)
  • Conditioner
  • Mousse
  • Gel
  • Hair spray

Problems with TRESemmé

Despite TRESemmé prevalence in beauty salons and homes alike, the product line is not without potential problems.

Recently, a few of the TRESemmé shampoos, such as the TRESemmé Keratin Hair Smoothing Shampoo and the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Color Shampoo, have come under fire for allegedly containing a known formaldehyde-releasing preservative called DMDM hydantoin. 

Formaldehyde is classified as a carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). It can irritate the affected area at best and cancer at worst when absorbed into the skin.

Are There Lawsuits Against TRESemmé?

There is currently a class-action lawsuit against TRESemmé alleging that Unilever, TRESemmé’s manufacturer, failed to warn consumers about the DMDM hydantoin in the product. DMDM hydantoin is used as a preservative in these products. It can lead to hair losses and scalp irritation because it slowly leaches formaldehyde, claims the suit.

This lawsuit also claims that using this ingredient is now unnecessary, thanks to safer alternatives on the market that don’t use it.

However, some industry experts have claimed that this lawsuit has no scientific basis. They claim there is no evidence that DMDM hydantoin would cause any hair loss. They also state that plenty of other hair care products have used the same ingredient for decades without consumers’ complaints.