Just for Men Hair Dye Lawsuits. Our firm is investigating potential lawsuits on behalf of individuals who suffered chemical burns and other painful reactions after using the hair product, Just For Men. This popular hair dye product has been on the market for over 25 years, and has been endorsed by celebrities such as former baseball star Keith Hernandez and basketball Hall of Famer Walt Frazier. Recently, however, a number of users have reported suffering chemical burns on the skin, severe itching, and painful blisters after using the Just for Men dye.
Contact Parker Waichman LLP today if you experience any of these symptoms after using Just For Men:
- Burning Sensation
- Severe Itching
- Skin Rash
- Weeping Sores
Class Action Lawsuit Filed over Unsolicited Faxes
In May 2015, a class action lawsuit was filed over side effects associated with Just For Men and allegations that the hair-coloring product caused chemical burns. The lawsuit was filed in Milwaukee County Circuit Court against Los Angeles-based FairWorth Legal Finance, which helps fund lawsuits. Allegedly, the company violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending unsolicited faxes to the firm. The lawsuit alleges that unsolicited faxes damage recipients by wasting their time, paper, and ink toner. The plaintiffs are seeking $500 for each alleged TCPA violation.
Chemical Burns, Swelling, Itching
Even though Just For Men has been on the shelves since 1987, there have been a number of recent reports that the dye caused blisters, itching and chemical burns. Consumer Affairs highlights these painful experiences, citing one user who needed emergency medical care after applying the dye. “I applied the beard dye as detailed in the directions,” wrote Sean Brockton of Massachusetts in the Consumer Affairs comments section. “I had a burning sensation as well, and after rinsing it off, I thought I was fine. The next day, my face and neck had swollen up horribly. The following morning my skin had begun to weep as well, and I went to the ER. I was admitted immediately, as it looked horrible. They were concerned about my throat swelling shut. I am nearly 50 and do not have any allergies that I know of. Whatever is in this stuff is harsh. I needed steroids and Benadryl.”
Customers who have been using the dye for years suspect that the formula has recently changed. J of Marietta, Georgia, wrote to Consumer Affairs that “I’ve been using it for over 10 years with no problems and in the past couple of weeks whenever I use it, there is a burning and itching. I’m going to switch to something less harsh,” According to Consumer Affairs, a company representative claims that the formula has not changed in recent years. That representative also said that users should do an allergy test before each application by testing a small patch on the inside bend of the elbow, allow it to dry, and examine it for a reaction over the next 48-hours.
Consumer Affairs points out that, based on the product label, it appears that the company knows that Just For Men can cause these symptoms. The warning reads “Rapidly spreading skin rash, dizziness, faintness, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, tightness of chest, hives or swelling to eyes/face, blistering of skin or scalp weeping, seek immediate medical attention,” Ultimately, Consumer Affairs questioned whether or not this product is worth using if these are the risks.
Testing for Allergic Reactions
Just for Men users are advised to conduct an “allergy patch test” to determine if they will experience symptoms such as burning, itching, and painful blisters. The Just for Men website provides detailed instructions. A company representative told Consumer Affairs that it was important to perform this allergy test each time before the dye is used. This is necessary even for long-time users, the representative said, because the body chemistry may change at any time.
In the 48 hours following the test, users are told to look out for negative reactions such as stinging, burning, and/or rash. If these symptoms occur, users should stop using the dye and seek medical attention before attempting to color their hair again, the label reads. The warning says to seek immediate medical help if more serious symptoms occur, including a spreading skin rash, dizziness, faintness, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, tightness of chest, hives or swelling to the eyes/face, blistering of skin, or scalp weeping.
As Consumer Affairs points out, it is interesting to note that the company expects the same negative symptoms reported by users. This indicates that the company knows about the potential dangers.
Types of Hair Dye Allergies
Hair dye can cause different types of allergies in users that range in severity. According to HealthHype.com, PPD is the main cause of hair dye allergies and the most common sign of a reaction to PPD is an itchy or burning sensation in the scalp. PPD, also referred to as PPDA, Orsin, Rodol, and Ursol, and is used in over two-thirds of permanent hair dyes, according to HealthHype.com.
The most common type of allergy is an allergic contact dermatitis (ACD), a skin reaction that occurs in genetically susceptible individuals. Users are more likely to experience contact dermatitis with an increase in coloring frequency. The symptoms include itching or burning and may extend beyond the areas that had contact with the hair dye.
Contact urticarial is a type of allergic reaction that may occur in minutes to about one hour after using hair dye. In this type of reaction, exposure to PPD causes blood vessels in the skin to dilate and makes them more porous. This leads to skin redness and edema (swelling of the eyelids). In some cases, contact urticarial syndrome (UCS) may occur. When this happens, red patches appear over the whole body; bronchial asthma, with wheezing, sneezing and difficulty swallowing, may follow.
Anaphylactic shock is a very rare, but life-threatening type of, allergic reaction that causes facial swelling, gasping for air, and a drop in blood pressure. If immediate medical attention is not sought, then death may occur. HealthHype.com cites the case of a 38-year old mother in the United Kingdom who died of anaphylactic shock in August 2000 shortly after switching her hair dye. She had asthma and experienced an itchy scalp with her previous hair dye for some months. After using a new dye, she suffered from anaphylactic shock and died within one hour after applying the product.
Legal Help for Those Who Suffered Chemical Burns, Allergic Reactions After Using ‘Just for Men Hair Dye’
If you or a loved one suffered from pain, discomfort, chemical burns, swelling or any type of allergic reaction after using Just For Men, you may be eligible for compensation. To find out more about your legal rights, please fill out our online form to the right or call us today at 1(800) YOUR LAWYER (1-800-968-7529).