Hair relaxer products found to contain harmful chemicals
When people apply hair relaxers to their scalp, harmful chemicals can cause lesions and burns on the scalp, making it easier for them to be absorbed into the body, enter the bloodstream, and be carried to different tissues and organs.
The accumulation of endocrine-disrupting chemicals in the body can interfere with hormone function in individuals who regularly use these products.
According to researchers in the NIH study, hair straightening products typically contain chemicals such as:
Chemical hair relaxers marketed to African American women contain higher amounts of endocrine-disrupting chemicals, according to the Silent Spring Institute's recent study.
However, scientists caution that, for now, research only hints at a probable link between chemical hair relaxer usage and hormone-sensitive cancers.
It's still not clear yet if these products cause health issues, and more research is needed to determine if chemicals in hair-strengthening products could be shown to cause a risk for uterine cancer.
Studies only identified an association between uterine cancer and the hair relaxers, not a causal relationship - that one thing directly caused another, which plaintiffs will need to demonstrate.
Eligibility criteria for toxic hair relaxer claims
Everyone who has been using hair relaxer products and came to struggle with uterine cancer, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids should get in touch with our attorneys, as they have the experience and skills to help. Nonetheless, some eligibility requirements must be met by an individual who intends to file a toxic hair relaxer claim, which are the following:
- they must have uterine cancer, endometriosis or uterine fibroids
- they must have used chemical hair relaxer products for 7 years or more
It is also important to note that, to qualify, you must have used hair relaxers a minimum of 7 times per year each year because only long-term exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals has a definitive connection with health issues.
If you meet these requirements, you become entitled to compensation from the company whose harmful hair relaxer products you have been using. Even if you have doubts that you meet the eligibility criteria, please, do not hesitate to contact us. Each toxic hair relaxer damage case is unique and you may actually qualify.
Liability for hair relaxers containing endocrine disrupter chemicals
People who sued one or more of the cosmetics companies whose hair relaxers were found to contain harmful chemicals will receive financial compensation if the companies are found liable for acting negligently, recklessly, or intentionally.
Acting intentionally means that the hair-strengthening product manufacturers had prior knowledge of the endocrine-disrupting chemicals in their products, but ignored the issue.
Consequently, the expected causes of action against major companies, such as L'Oreal and Revlon, include the following strict liability, product liability, and negligence claims:
- failure to warn
- improper warning labels
- consumer fraud
- deceptive trade practices
- negligence per se
- gross negligence
- fraudulent concealment
- fraudulent misrepresentation
- negligent misrepresentation
- breach of implied warranties
A timeline of studies and lawsuits concerning toxic hair relaxers
While the issue of toxic chemical hair relaxers is relatively new, a lot has been happening concerning it in the past few years, including various studies and hair relaxer lawsuits. The following is a timeline highlighting the most important events concerning chemical hair relaxers.
On 21 October 2022, a hair relaxer lawsuit was filed in Chicago. Plaintiff Jenny Mitchell is a Missouri resident who began using chemical hair relaxers when she was eight years old. She claims the hair relaxer products marketed to African American women have led to the development of her uterine cancer. Cosmetics companies, including L'Oreal, are named as defendants in this hair relaxer lawsuit.
A recent study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute in October 2022 found that about 4.05% of women who used chemical hair relaxers would develop uterine cancer by the age of 70.
Campaign group Level Up has launched a petition calling on cosmetics giants such as Revlon and L'Oréal to remove toxic ingredients from their chemical hair relaxer products.
Two women filed a class action lawsuit in Los Angeles alleging that L’Oréal’s chemical hair relaxer has left them with bald patches and scalp burns. The SoftSheen Carson Optimum Amla Legend Relaxer Kit targeting African-American women was promoted by celebrities such as Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland.
The plaintiffs represented by Mark J. Geragos were seeking compensation on the grounds of:
- false advertising
- consumer fraud
- deceptive business practices
- breach of express warranty
- breach of implied warranty of merchantability
- fraud and negligence