Toxic hair relaxer replacement initiative

Hair relaxers are lotions or creams that make the hair of people with tight curls or very curly hair easier to straighten by chemically softening it. While the active ingredient is usually a strong alkali, some formulations are based on ammonium thioglycolate or formaldehyde and might also contain toxic agents such as parabens, heavy metals, and phthalates. These chemicals are highly dangerous, as regular exposure can lead to the development of ovarian cancer, endometriosis, and uterine cancer. Because they are endocrine-disrupting, they can interfere with hormones, eventually resulting in a debilitating or even life-threatening disease.

According to a recent study, hair relaxers marketed to African American women contain higher amounts of toxic chemicals, so this demographic should be very cautious when purchasing one of these products and carefully read the label. Still, the harmful ingredients might not be listed, which is why it is best to buy hair relaxers from ethical companies that refrain from using any harmful ingredients in their products. For this reason, we have created the Toxic Hair Relaxer Replacement Initiative, by which you can request free, safe, non-toxic products from the companies we have partnered up with.

Women who use hair relaxers frequently are more likely to develop uterine cancer

The National Institutes of Health has recently conducted a study following approximately 33,500 women between the ages of 35 and 74 of various races and ethnicities for 11 years. Researchers aimed to identify the risk factors for uterine cancer associated with hair product use. Throughout the study's duration, 378 uterine cancer diagnoses were confirmed. Furthermore, researchers found that women who had used hair straightening products more than four times over the past year were more susceptible to developing uterine cancer than those who had never used such products. Their uterine cancer risk increased from 1.64% to 4.05%.

These are only some of the harmful chemicals that might be present in some hair relaxers:

  • parabens
  • diazolidinyl urea
  • phthalates
  • formaldehyde
  • heavy metals
  • bisphenol A
  • glyoxal
  • quaternium-15
  • polyoxymethylene urea

In 2021, campaign group Level Up issued a petition urging cosmetics giants such as Revlon and L'Oréal to remove toxic ingredients from their hair relaxer products. According to the petition, these companies sell products that include lye, a heavy-duty chemical used to unblock drains, and some of these hair relaxers are targeted at young girls. Frequent lye exposure can result in breast cancer. However, if you have been using a toxic hair relaxer and developed this disease, you will not be able to file a claim, as we can only provide legal assistance for women who have a diagnosis of:

  • ovarian cancer
  • endometriosis
  • uterine cancer

The companies whose hair relaxers are known to contain toxic chemicals

If you have been using one of the hair relaxers of the companies below, we strongly advise you to stop and replace it with a natural product from one of the companies we collaborate with. Still, it is important to note that this is by no means a complete list, as there might be numerous other manufacturers whose hair relaxers contain toxic chemicals. Therefore, it is always best to choose a product that you know is free of harmful substances.

  • L’Oréal
  • Strength of Nature
  • Revlon
  • SoftSheen Carson

If you have been using a toxic hair relaxer for 10 years, at least seven times per year, and developed one of the qualifying diseases, do not hesitate to get in touch with our attorneys, as they specialize in toxic exposure and defective product cases. The above companies might be liable for the following, which is why taking legal action if you were injured is of utmost importance for discouraging their unethical conduct:

  • failure to warn
  • consumer fraud
  • fraudulent concealment
  • deceptive trade practices
  • gross negligence
  • fraudulent misrepresentation
  • negligent misrepresentation
  • breach of implied warranties

Receive safe, non-toxic hair relaxers from the ethical companies we have partnered up with

Because hair relaxers are sometimes essential products, every woman should be able to find one that is safe to use. For this reason, we came up with the Toxic Hair Relaxer Replacement Initiative, whose purpose is to offer women non-toxic alternatives to the products found to contain harmful chemicals. Our legal team has partnered up with the following companies, which manufacture hair relaxers with ingredients that will not cause any injuries or diseases.

If you want to receive a free hair relaxer from one of the above companies, all you need to do is fill out the form below and tell us which product you would like to have. Someone will contact you shortly for more details. However, you should keep in mind that we prioritize women with ovarian cancer, endometriosis, and uterine cancer.