Dozens of lawsuits are being filed across the United States against hair relaxer manufacturers alleging that Black women are being targeted with aggressive advertisements that encourage the use of chemical hair straighteners, without disclosing the risk of breast cancer, endometrial cancer, uterine cancer and other life-altering injuries.
Science Has Long Revealed Link Between Hair Relaxers And Cancers
Early studies have suggested that hair relaxers may be linked to an increased risk of uterine fibroids, a type of non-cancerous tumor that grows in the uterus. A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that African American women who used hair relaxers had a 1.4 times greater risk of developing uterine fibroids than those who did not use hair relaxers.
One of the most significant risks associated with hair relaxers is the potential for breast cancer. A study published in the International Journal of Cancer found that women who used hair relaxers every five to eight weeks had a 31% higher risk of developing breast cancer than those who did not use hair relaxers. The risk was even higher for African American women, who had a 74% increased risk of breast cancer with regular use of hair relaxers.
In a recent study, the use of hair relaxers has been shown to significantly increase the risk of hormone-related cancers. Hormone-related cancers, such as breast, ovarian, and uterine cancers, are often associated with exposure to estrogen and other hormones. Many of the chemicals found in hair relaxers, such as phthalates and parabens, are known endocrine disruptors that can mimic or interfere with the body’s natural hormones.
So Why Do Hair Relaxer Manufactures Use Such Toxic Chemicals In Their Products?
The answer is simple: because they can. The chemicals used are very effective at straightening hair, and marketing has led women to believe hair straighteners are safe – despite a long history of evidence proving otherwise. The evidence however shows the link between hair relaxers or perms and cancer is too severe to ignore.
Where Are The Safeguards To Protect The Consumer?
The FDA prohibits the marketing or sale of cosmetic products from containing poisonous or harmful substances that could cause injury to a consumer. However, most hair relaxers do not need to be tested or approved by the FDA before they are sold.
L’Oreal, Namaste, Revlon Strength of Nature and other hair relaxer manufacturers have withheld or omitted toxic ingredients from their ingredient labels and failed to warn about the link between their hair relaxers and cancer.
Claims are being pursued against the makers of various different hair perms and chemical straighteners, including:
- Dark and Lovely Lawsuits
- Just for Me Hair Relaxer Lawsuits
- Optimum Care Relaxer Lawsuits
- Soft and Beautiful Hair Perm Lawsuits
- Motions Hair Relaxer Lawsuits
- TCB Naturals Relaxer Creme Lawsuits
- ORS Olive Oil (Organic Root Stimulator) Lawsuits
- Dream Kids Olive Miracle Lawsuits
- Other Relaxer and Hair Perm Products
Case Status: Open – Not Accepting New Clients