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Hair Relaxer Products linked to Cancer

Hair Relaxer Products Have Recently Been Linked to Uterine and Overian Cancer

The use of hair relaxer products has been a common practice among Black women for decades. These products promise to straighten and tame curly, kinky, or frizzy hair, making it more manageable and easier to style. However, recent studies have raised concerns about the potential health risks associated with these products, particularly uterine and ovarian cancers.


On January 17, 2023, a federal injury lawsuit was filed in California against L’Oreal, Softsheen, Dermoviva, and others for their alleged role in causing cancer in women who used their hair relaxer products. The lawsuit claims that the defendants were negligent, willful, and wrongful in designing, manufacturing, testing, packaging, promoting, marketing, distributing, labeling, and selling products such as Dark & Lovely, OS Olive Oil Relaxer, Just for Me, and African Pride.


The filing of this lawsuit comes after an investigation into allegations that certain hair relaxer products contain endocrine disruptor chemicals that may double the risk of uterine cancer in women. What is concerning is that none of these products warn women of the link and risks to uterine cancer or any other health concern, including ovarian and related cancers. As more studies are conducted and lawsuits filed, it is essential to raise awareness about the potential health risks associated with hair relaxer products. Black women and other women of color should have access to safe and healthy hair care options that do not put their health at risk.


Uterine cancer is a prevalent form of cancer that affects women globally, ranking as the sixth most commonly diagnosed type. Recent research conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has discovered that women who use hair straightening products may be at a higher risk of developing uterine cancer (endometrial cancer) than those who do not use such products. The risk of cancer is doubled for women who use these products, and the treatments can lead to infertility, creating a significant obstacle in their future plans.


We are currently investigating several large and small brands that manufacture hair straightening products, such as ORS, Affirm, Dark & Lovely (L’Oréal USA, Inc.), and Motions. Our aim is to hold these manufacturers accountable for any injuries or damages caused by their products.


If you have used any of these hair relaxer products and have fallen ill or are concerned about the potential for future cancer development, please contact Humphrey, Farrington and McClain Attorney Tim Kingsbury today. Our team provides a confidential review of your information at no cost or obligation to you. Your participation will help us in our mission to seek justice and compensation for those affected by these harmful products.


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