The answer is yes!
This year, natural hair products will finally be legal in the U.S.
A federal judge in Oregon ruled on Wednesday that the cosmetics industry has been illegally lobbying for the legal protection of natural hair.
A group of consumer advocates sued the cosmetics giant in September, arguing that the makeup companies’ “unprecedented and unconscionable” lobbying efforts are in violation of federal law.
The lawsuit claims that the companies have pushed their products into the eyes of the public as well as other sensitive skin areas.
The companies have also tried to sway regulators through “deceptive” and “misleading” advertisements, including a recent ad that claims that natural hair “looks great and feels amazing” on your face.
The makeup companies claim that natural beauty products have been unfairly singled out by the FDA, which has made it difficult for natural hair companies to sell and distribute their products.
The cosmetics industry argues that the FDA has unfairly targeted their products for regulation, and that consumers have been misled.
The cosmetics industry is also suing the FDA for allowing it to “stifle competition” by requiring all new cosmetics to contain a synthetic ingredient that mimics the natural pigments that natural skin cells produce, according to the lawsuit.
The case was brought on behalf of consumer groups, which include the National Organization for Women and the National Coalition for Women.
The ruling comes a month after the FDA said it would no longer regulate natural hair and makeup, but would still ban “inorganic ingredients” that are not derived from natural ingredients.
A spokesperson for the FDA told Vice News in a statement that the agency “will not approve or otherwise approve cosmetic products unless they are derived from the elements that are naturally occurring in nature.”
The cosmetics companies are appealing the decision.