SoftSheen-Carson: toxic hair relaxers

The Chicago-based Soft Sheen was founded in 1964 by an African-American couple, and it was a family-owned company until 1998 when the owners sold it to L'Oreal. In 2000, L'Oreal USA acquired Carson Products, another manufacturer of ethnic hair care products, and merged the two companies that year into SoftSheen-Carson. L'Oreal's presence in the hair relaxer market is mainly due to SoftSheen-Carson, which now is a division of L'Oreal USA and a leader in the black hair care industry.

A recent lawsuit against SoftSheen-Carson cites study data of increased uterine cancer rates among women who used hair relaxer products. The decade-long Sister Study found proof that chemical hair relaxers could lead to the development of severe health conditions.

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A recent study links chemical hair relaxers to hormone-sensitive cancers

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) completed a major clinical study that found evidence that chemical hair relaxer products contain endocrine-disrupting and carcinogenic chemicals that could cause uterine cancer and endometriosis. The toxic hair relaxer lawsuits against SoftSheen-Carson started right after the study was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute on October 17, 2022. The decade-long research conducted by the National Institutes of Health reviewed data on over 33,000 women.

The study found a higher risk of uterine cancer among women who were using chemical hair relaxers compared to women who used no chemical hair relaxer products. The Chicago-based SoftSheen-Carson L'Oreal makes and sells hair relaxers that contain EDCs:

  • Optimum Care
  • Dark & Lovely

SoftSheen-Carson named as a defendant in toxic hair relaxer lawsuits

The National Institutes of Health's study led to product liability lawsuits against SoftSheen-Carson and other chemical hair relaxer manufacturers. The company faces a proposed class action over its alleged failure to disclose that some of its chemical hair straightening products contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals known to be harmful to health. Plaintiffs in these lawsuits claim that these toxic chemicals led to the development of hormone-sensitive diseases such as:

To file a toxic hair relaxer claim against SoftSheen-Carson, you should meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • you must have used SoftSheen-Carson chemical hair relaxer products for ten or more years
  • you must have used SoftSheen-Carson chemical hair relaxer products at least seven times a year
  • you must have been diagnosed with endometriosis, uterine, or ovarian cancer.

Our attorneys can assist you in filing a toxic hair relaxer claim against SoftSheen-Carson

Women who sued the African-American hair care industry leader may be entitled to financial compensation if the cosmetics company is found liable for acting negligently or intentionally. If you or a loved one developed uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, or endometriosis after using SoftSheen-Carson chemical hair relaxer products, you might be entitled to financial compensation. We strongly advise you to call us for a free case evaluation. The legal process is simple and requires minimum involvement on your part. We need your medical records and evidence of regular chemical hair relaxer use to evaluate your case.