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L'Oreal Lawsuit Alleges Garnier Sleek & Shine Hair Serum Is 'Flammable' (PHOTOS)

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We were startled to discover today that L'Oreal is under fire (heh), i.e., possibly getting sued, for its Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum -- because the stuff is reportedly flammable.

Women's Wear Daily reports today that the lawsuit against L'Oreal is on: A judge granted class action to four plaintiffs on Thursday who filed the motion for class certification on Feb. 2. The plaintiffs are seeking recognition for any person who purchased the Garnier serum from Feb. 4, 2008, to the present.

According to the lawsuit and Top Class Actions law blog, the Garnier serum’s two main ingredients are cyclopentasiloxane and dimethiconol, chemicals that can ignite at 171 degrees Fahrenheit. (Flat iron temperatures typically range from 300-450 degrees Fahrenheit.)

A copy of the original lawsuit, filed in June 2011, can be found here.

OMG. We've totally used that stuff before, without any bonfire-type incidents. But of course, flammable products are not exactly something you want coming between your hair and a high-heat styling appliance like a blow dryer or flat iron, which most women use on a regular basis.

We've contacted L'Oreal for comment on this lawsuit, and we'll keep you posted on whether the Garnier anti-frizz serum will be yanked from the shelves, but in the meantime, check out some other controversial beauty products below.

UPDATE: L'Oreal tells us, "We cannot comment on the current lawsuit except to say that L’Oréal denies the allegations and will continue to vigorously defend Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum as safe for consumers."

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