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Chemical hair straightener lawsuits are being filed against several personal care companies alleging their chemical hair straightener (or relaxer) products contain toxic and cancer-causing chemicals that have been linked to an increased risk of uterine and ovarian cancer. Parker Waichman LLP is currently offering a free case review concerning uterine cancer caused by chemical hair straightening products. Our national law firm helps victims nationwide recover monetary compensation from companies that sold dangerous products that caused harm.
Chemical hair relaxers are designed to loosen or relax hair that is extremely curly, and coiled. The chemical formulations vary, but the goal is to break the disulfide bonds found within the cortex layer of the hair, leaving straighter, less curly hair. Developed in the early 1900s, they became prominent in African American salons and households in the 1990s.
Chemical straighteners and relaxers are sold to Black women around the world.
Journal of the National Cancer Institute Study Shows Uterine Cancer Connection
On October 17, 2022, a new study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute examined the association between hair product usage and the incidence of uterine cancer. The study included a survey of nearly 40,000 Sister Study participants between the ages of 35 and 74 years. Participants in the study were racially and ethnically diverse. They self-reported their use of hair products such as chemical straighteners, hair dyes, relaxers, pressing products, and other hair products. The study’s researchers concluded that hair products contain potentially hazardous chemicals that may have carcinogenic and endocrine-disrupting properties. Similar studies conducted in the past found that certain hair products were also connected to an increased risk of hormone-sensitive cancers such as ovarian and breast cancer. There were no previous studies investigating the association of hair products with uterine cancer.
The results of this study showed there was an association between chemical relaxers and hair straighteners and higher uterine cancer rates (HR = 1.80, 95% CI = 1.12 to 2.88). The study also found that the association was stronger when they looked at patients who used these products more frequently (HR = 2.55, 95% CI = 1.46 to 4.45; Ptrend = .002). The study’s findings were the first epidemiological evidence of a connection between using chemical hair straightening products and uterine cancer. Additional research is necessary to reproduce the study’s findings and determine which specific chemicals drive this association.
Types of Hair Straighteners
In a 2021 report, the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Department of Toxic Substances Control reviewed the three most commonly used permanent hair straightening products:
- Relaxers – chemical treatments that break and restructure hair’s disulfide bonds; typically sold as kits including a protective gel, a relaxing cream, a liquid activator, and a neutralizing shampoo.
- Keratin/Brazilian straighteners – a product containing keratin and formaldehyde is applied to the hair and then heated, often with a flat iron, to produce smooth and shiny hair without breaking the bonds.
- Japanese heat straighteners – also known as thermal reconditioning, a hybrid two-step process starts with a chemical treatment (ammonium thioglycolate) to break the disulfide bonds, then uses a neutralizing chemical treatment and heat to restructure the bonds as straightened hair.
List of Chemical Hair Straightener Products That May Be Linked to Uterine Cancer
The following chemical hair straightener products are currently available online, at large retailers, or at beauty stores include:
- Herbal Intensive Dual Conditioning Relaxer
- Originals Olive Oil No-Lye Conditioning Relaxer
- Touch-Up Plus Moisturizing No-Lye New Growth Relaxer
- Olive Miracle Deep Conditioning Relaxer
- Olive Miracle Deep Conditioning No-Lye Relaxer
- Olive Miracle Anti-breakage No-Lye Relaxer
- Olive Miracle Dream Kids Relaxer
- Olive Miracle Touch Up No-Lye Relaxer
Crème of Nature Argan Oil Relaxer
Isoplus No-Lye Conditioning Relaxer
Just For Me
- No-Lye Relaxer for Girls
- No-Lye Texture Softener
- Super Relaxer
- Sensitive Scalp Relaxer
- Butter Blend Sensitive Scalp Relaxer
- Classic Formula Relaxer
- Regular Relaxer
- Silkening Shine No-Lye Relaxer
- Smooth & Silken Relaxer
Organic Root Stimulator (ORS) Olive Oil
- No Base Relaxer
- No-Lye Relaxer
- New Growth Relaxer
- Girls Hair Relaxer
- Zone Relaxer
- Professional Crème Relaxer
- Mild Touch Relaxer
ProfectivMegaGrowth No-Lye RelaxeSoft & Beautiful
Revlon Conditioning Crème Relaxer
- Precise No Lye Conditioning Relaxer Supreme
- Precise No Lye Original Relaxer
- No Base Relaxer
- Multi Mineral Reduced Ph Creme Relaxer
- Optimum Smooth Multi-Mineral Creme Hair Relaxer
- Multi-Mineral Reduced Ph Crème Relaxer
- Salon Collection Hair Relaxer Super Strength – Optimum Salon Haircare
- Salon Collection Relaxer Regular Strength – Optimum Salon Haircare
SoftSheen Carson Dark and Lovely
- Moisturizing Relaxer with Shea Butter
- Triple Nourished Silkening Relaxer
- Beautiful Beginnings Kids No-Mistake Nourishing No-Lye Crème Relaxer
- Healthy Gloss Shea Moisture No-Lye Relaxer
- MegaSilk Shea Butter Relaxer
- Luxury Moisturizing Shea Butter Relaxer
Soft & Beautiful
- Botanicals Regular Texturizer
- No-Lye Regular Texturizer
- No Lye Sensitive Scalp Relaxer
- Conditioning No-Lye Hair Relaxer
- No Base Crème Hair Relaxer
Women who have used chemical hair straighteners and developed uterine cancer may be eligible for compensation. For your free case review, call Parker Waichman LLP nationwide at 1-800-YOUR-LAWYER (1-800-968-7529).
What is Uterine Cancer?
Uterine cancer is a form of cancer that starts in the layer of cells that make up the uterus’s inner lining (endometrium). Common uterine cancer symptoms include vaginal bleeding post-menopause and bleeding between periods. The typical treatment for uterine cancer is a full hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus). In the advanced stages of uterine cancer, the patient might require radiation or chemotherapy treatment.
New L’Oréal Lawsuit Alleges its Chemical Hair Straightening Products Caused One Customer’s Uterine Cancer
A new Uterine Cancer Lawsuit was filed against L’Oréal, one of the world’s largest beauty products companies. The hair straightener cancer lawsuit alleges that L’Oréal’s chemical hair straightening products caused Plaintiff’s uterine cancer. Plaintiff, a 32-year-old African-American woman from Missouri, filed her uterine cancer lawsuit in Illinois. The lawsuit claims the victim’s uterine cancer “was directly and proximately caused by her regular and prolonged exposure to phthalates and other endocrine disrupting chemicals found in Defendants’ hair care products.”
Plaintiff’s lawyers stated that they believe this uterine cancer lawsuit will create a “watershed moment” for African-American women who had used chemical relaxers or hair-straightening products for years and are suffering from uterine cancer.
The connection between certain chemical hair straightening products and relaxers with uterine cancer has been reported by medical researchers at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Plaintiff in the case told news outlets that she had been using hair relaxers since she was eight. She was diagnosed with uterine cancer in August 2018 and had a full hysterectomy performed one month later. Tragically, Plaintiff was only 28 years old when she was diagnosed with uterine cancer and was treated with a full hysterectomy. She has not had any children yet, and her dreams of being a mother were taken from her. The victim also claims that her family does not have any medical history of uterine cancer or any other kind of cancer. She warned that millions of young African-American girls and women are using these chemical straighteners and relaxers.
A news article reported that two more chemical hair-straightening uterine cancer lawsuits have been filed in California and New York. The cancer lawsuits also assert that there is a connection between chemical hair-straightening products and Plaintiffs’ cancer diagnoses. As this issue becomes more known, additional lawsuits will be filed.
This lawsuit was filed only a few days after the Journal of the National Cancer Institute study estimated that women who use hair-straightening chemical products have an increased risk of developing uterine cancer by age 70. This study also reported that women who used chemical hair-straightening products had a 4% probability of being diagnosed with uterine cancer by age 70, while women who did not use these products had only a 1.6% chance of developing uterine cancer by age 70.
The researchers in the study also reported that African-American women were the customers who were more likely to use chemical hair-straightening and relaxer products. The study’s data showed that the link between chemical hair straightening products and uterine cancer was much more common among African-American women. According to the study, African-American women only made up 7.4% of the study’s participants but accounted for nearly 60 percent of those who used chemical hair straighteners.
Plaintiff’s attorney stated that potentially millions of African-American women are victims of these harmful products that were specifically marketed to African-American women. Plaintiff’s attorney also said that African-American women are tragically told that they must use these hair products to meet society’s standards. Plaintiff’s attorneys believe that there will be numerous lawsuits accusing cosmetic companies of aggressively misleading African-American women to boost their profit.
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If you, or a loved one, suffered harm due to a chemical hair relaxer or straightener product, call our law firm right away to see if you are able to pursue a civil lawsuit seeking monetary compensation. To receive a free legal consultation with one of our dedicated uterine cancer attorneys, simply call 1-800-YOUR-LAWYER (1-800-968-7529) today or simply fill out our website’s contact form to receive your free case review. Our trial lawyers will help you comprehend your legal rights, and if we are able to take your case, we will fight vigorously for the economic compensation that your case truly deserves.
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