CTPA and NHF publish tooth-whitening guidance for salons

The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association (CTPA) and National Hairdressers’ Federation (NHF) have collaborated on a document to explain the law surrounding tooth whitening in salons.

The bodies have published an updated factsheet for salons explaining that, following a High Court ruling in 2013, beauty therapists are not legally allowed to apply tooth-whitening product to a client in-salon. The procedure itself can only be carried out by a registered dentist, dental hygienist, dental therapist or clinical dental technician under the supervision of a dentist. However, it is still legal for salons to retail certain self-administered whitening products for the client to use on themselves.

Chris Flower, CTPA director general, said: “The best advice for hair and beauty salons is to read up on our factsheet, know and understand the law in this area and, if a client asks about tooth whitening, advise them to speak to their dentist.”

Paul Curry, NHF President, added: “There are no recognised qualifications or training courses in tooth whitening, outside of dentistry, and so any salon advertising that they offer this as a service – unless it is carried out by a visiting appropriately qualified and supervised dental professional – will not be insured and will probably be breaking the law.”