Toxic Chemical Hair Relaxer

Health Dangers Associated With Toxic Chemical Hair Relaxers

The journal of the National Cancer Institute published a study in October of 2022 that found an increased risk of uterine cancer in women who use certain chemical hair relaxers and straighteners. When used on the hair, toxic chemicals can be absorbed through the scalp, causing adverse health problems. Chemical relaxers are also known to burn the skin, making it easier for toxins to be absorbed.

The journal of the National Cancer Institute published a study in October of 2022 that found an increased risk of uterine cancer in women who use certain toxic chemical hair relaxers and straighteners. When used on the hair, toxic chemicals can be absorbed through the scalp, causing adverse health problems. Chemical relaxers are also known to burn the skin, making it easier for toxins to be absorbed.

Relaxers are made of chemicals that counteract the natural chemical makeup of curly hair. Sodium hydroxide or “lye” is the most hazardous ingredient. Additional chemicals, such as DEHP, used in toxic chemical hair relaxers have also been found to be toxic.

While many women have utilized hair relaxers to obtain the hairstyle of their choice, an adverse number of black women are affected by the use of toxic hair relaxers. If you or a loved one has used any of the following products and been diagnosed with any of the following health problems you may be entitled to compensation.

  • Uterine Cancer / Endometrial Cancer
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Cancer diagnosis which led to a Myomectomy or Hysterectomy
Products:

Hair Relaxers

Products Containing Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals:

Endocrine disruptors, sometimes also referred to as hormonally active agents, endocrine-disrupting chemicals, or endocrine-disrupting compounds are chemicals that can interfere with endocrine or hormonal systems. These disruptions can cause cancerous tumors, birth defects, and other developmental disorders. Endocrine disruptors "interfere with the synthesis, secretion, transport, binding, action, or elimination of natural hormones in the body that are responsible for development, behavior, fertility, and maintenance of homeostasis (normal cell metabolism).

Some Chemical used in Toxic Chemical Hair Relaxers

Phthalates (plasticizers)

Lye (sodium hydroxide)

Guanidine carbonate

Succinic Acid

Formaldehyde

Placenta Protein

DEHP

Potential Products and Manufacturers

L'Oreal USA

Optimum

Dark & Lovely

Soft Sheen-Carson, LLC
Revlon, INC

Crème of Nature

Strength of Nature, LLC

Just for Me

Call our office today or fill out a free case evaluation if you believe that you meet all of the above criteria for possible compensation.

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