Pass AB 1575: Fill The Gap in Cosmetics Disclosure Laws

California State Senate Health Committee


AB 1575 calls for transparency of the chemical ingredients in professional cosmetic products through labeling as well as better compliance with labeling laws with increased penalties for violations and cost recoupment for the enforcing agency. AB 1575 will help ensure that women in the hair and nail salon profession can better protect their health while at work.

Why We need AB 1575

The predominately female nail and hair salon workforce regularly and often handles solvents, glues, polishes, straighteners, and other beauty care products containing a multitude of chemicals known or suspected to cause cancer, and respiratory, neurological, reproductive, and other harm.

Although manufacturers are legally required to list ingredients on the labels of cosmetics sold at the retail level, they have no similar legal obligation when it comes to professional cosmetics. This lack of transparency hampers beauty professionals’ ability to make informed choices about the products they use and measures they can take to protect their health. It also obstructs their ability to inform customers about ingredients used in these products.

What AB 1575 calls for
Hair stylists, nail manicurists, and other salon and barber professionals have a right-to- know what they are being exposed to in the workplace. That’s where AB 1575 comes in which calls for manufacturers to list ingredients on all professional cosmetic products, excluding fragrance disclosure.
Women working in salons are increasingly reporting health concerns

Most nail salon technicians are of reproductive age and are often Vietnamese immigrants with limited English skills. Exposure to harmful chemicals among this immigrant group are exacerbated by difficulty in accessing ingredient information and information on how to prevent exposures. There may be an increased risk of small for gestational age and gestational diabetes among Vietnamese workers in the beauty industry.1
Top health concerns faced by hair care professionals include irritation (skin, eye, nose), fatigue, nausea, pain (wrists, fingers, hands), and chemical burns. Hairdressers and cosmetologists may be more likely to give birth to low birth weight babies,2 especially when their work involves using hairspray and permanent waves. Studies looking at hairdressers have found an increased risk of miscarriage and babies born with cleft palates and other birth defects. In addition, hairdressers were shown to have greater risks of dying from three neurological conditions including, Alzheimer’s disease, presenile dementia, and motor neuron disease, compared to workers in other jobs3. Exposures faced by Black hair care professionals and consumers are of special concern: Black women generally experience more aggressive forms of cancer and have higher mortality rates from the disease as well as less access to treatment. 4They also bear the burden of higher rates of miscarriage, low birth weights, and infant deaths compared to non-Hispanic white women.


1 Quach, Thu, et al, Adverse birth outcomes and maternal complications in licensed cosmetologists and manicurists in California, Int Arch Occup Environ Health (December 2014)
2 Rylander.L “Reproductive Outcome among Female Hairdressers. “Occupational and Environmental Medicine 59.8 (2002): 517-22
3 Beauty and it’s Beast
4 A population is a health disparites population if there is a significant disparity in the overall rate of disease incidence, prevelance, morbidity, mortality or survival rates in the population as compared to the health status of the general population. Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education Act United States Public Law 106-525 (2000) p.2498

Join our movement!

AB 1575 Author: Assemblymember Ash Kalra


Black Women for Wellness

TW: @bw4la

-         Contact: Nourbese Flint


-         323-290-5955

California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative

TW: @ca_hnsc

-         Contact: Catherine Porter


-         510-985-1146

Californians for a Healthy & Green Economy (CHANGE)

TW: @changeca

-         Contact: Kathryn Alcantar


-         510-655-3900 x315

Women’s Voices for the Earth

TW: @women4earth

-         Contact: Jamie McConnell


-         406-543-3747


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Michael Lok
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Piedmont, California

To: California State Senate Health Committee
From: [Your Name]

We support the passage of AB 1575 because we agree that professional nail and hair care products and cosmetics should have ingredient labels so that workers and consumers make make informed product choices.