Using chemical hair relaxers frequently increases the risk of ovarian cancer by up to 50%
Godrej Consumer Products is headquartered in Mumbai, India, but the company also manufactures hair relaxers in the United States. Their hair relaxers are sold under many brand names, including African Pride. Still, using these hair-strengthening products may lead to the development of cancer among women who regularly apply them. The following are some of the hair relaxers made by Godrej Consumer Products that might contain harmful chemicals:
- Olive Miracle Strengthening Treatment, 6oz
- Olive Miracle No-Lye Relaxer Regular
- Olive Miracle No-Lye Relaxer Super
- Olive Miracle No-Lye Relaxer Regular 1 Touch Up
- Olive Miracle No-Lye Relaxer Super 1 Touch Up
- Olive Miracle No-Lye Relaxer Regular 8 Touch Up
- Olive Miracle No-Lye Relaxer Super 8 Touch Up
- Olive Miracle No-Lye Relaxer Quad Sachet Regular
- Olive Miracle No-Lye Relaxer Quad Sachet Super
- Dream Kids No-Lye Creme Relaxer Regular
- Dream Kids No-Lye Relaxer 1 Touch-Up
- Dream Kids No-Lye Relaxer 4 Touch-Up
As you can see, the company also markets hair relaxers to children, which is a cause for concern, as while it claims it contains no lye, these products might contain other harmful chemicals. By using hair relaxers from a young age, women have a high risk of developing uterine or ovarian cancer later in life. Therefore, if you have a child who has been using the African Pride hair relaxers, you should prevent them from applying these products and find a safer alternative, such as heat styling.
In December 2022, a lawsuit against Godrej Consumer Products and other companies that manufacture hair relaxers was filed in the Southern District of Ohio. Jackie Brownlee was diagnosed with uterine cancer in September 2010 when she was 52, and she alleges that her use of chemical hair relaxers by multiple companies is the culprit behind her disease. This is just one of the many lawsuits in which Godrej Consumer Products is listed as a defendant.