California to require professional cosmetics to list ingredients in bid for worker health

LOS ANGELES — California Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed into law a bill that advocates say will benefit manicurists and salon workers by requiring professional cosmetics manufacturers to label the ingredients used in their products.

Under federal law, retail cosmetic manufacturers are required to disclose all ingredients in their products, while those marketed to and used by salon professionals are not subject to the same regulation. The new California law requires professional cosmetics sold on or after July 1, 2020, in the state to disclose ingredients in the same way as consumer cosmetics under federal law.

Advocates are touting the law as the first of its kind in the nation.

“This is a huge win for salon professionals, workers and owners who deserve to have as much information as possible about the products they use every day and that they apply to customers,” said Catherine Porter, policy director of the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative, an organization that serves a workforce largely of Asian immigrant women and that supported the legislation.