[2023 Update] Hair Straightener Cancer Lawsuit

Chemical Hair Straightening Products Linked to an Increased Cancer Risk

Hair Straightener Cancer Lawsuit Overview

Recent scientific studies have found that the use of chemical hair straightening products, hair relaxers, and other hair products present an increased risk of uterine cancer, endometrial cancer, breast cancer, and other health problems.

Legal action is being strategized against manufacturers and producers of these hair products for their failure to properly warn consumers of potential health risks.

Hair Straightener Cancer Lawsuit, Hair Straightener Lawsuit, Hair Relaxer Lawsuit

Not sure if you qualify for the Hair Straightener Cancer Lawsuit?

You may be eligible to file a claim if you or a loved one used chemical hair straighteners, hair relaxers, or other similar hair products, and subsequently were diagnosed with uterine cancer, endometrial cancer, breast cancer, or other health conditions.

Contact TorHoerman Law for a free consultation, or use the chatbot on this page to see if you qualify to file a Hair Straightener Lawsuit instantly.

Our attorneys have decades of experience securing compensation for people harmed by dangerous products. We’re here to help.

Frequently Asked Questions

Several studies published in the past decade have found that certain hair products may increase cancer risk.

These products include:

  • Hair relaxers
  • Chemical hair straightening products
  • Hair straighteners
  • Permanent hair dye

According to complaints in recent lawsuits filed, it is alleged that endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are present in chemical hair straighteners and may cause cancer.

Chemicals in Hair Relaxer Products may include:

  • Parabens
  • Bisphenol A
  • Metals
  • Formaldahyde
  • Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP)

Chemical hair straightening products may be linked to the following health conditions in frequent users:

  • Breast cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Chronic hormonal imbalance
  • Endometrial cancer
  • Endometriosis
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Thyroid problems
  • Uterine cancer
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Vitiligo

Though no specific companies were named in the major scientific studies that outline the cancer risk from hair straightening products, several companies and products have been named in lawsuits.

Companies who have been named in hair straightener lawsuits include, but are not limited to:

  • L’Oreal
  • Softsheen-Carson (Optimum Relaxer)
  • Dark & Lovely
  • Just For Me
  • Cantu Beauty
  • Motions Hair
  • ORS Hair Care (Namaste Laboratories, LLC)
  • African Pride (Godrej Group)

Women who frequently used hair relaxers and subsequently developed uterine cancer, endometrial cancer, breast cancer, or other related health conditions may undergo several serious medical treatments.

These medical treatments include, but are not limited to:

  • Blood transfusion for iron deficiency anemia due to excessive bleeding
  • Chemotherapy
  • Endometrial ablation
  • Endometriosis excision
  • Hysterectomy
  • Laparoscopy
  • Laparotomy
  • Magnetic resonance guided focused ultrasound (MRGFUS)
  • Morcellation
  • Myomectomy
  • Radiation
  • Transcervical radiofrequency ablation
  • Uterine fibroid embolization
  • Other surgery or treatment

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Hair Relaxer Lawsuit Updates

Hair Relaxer and Hair Straightener Lawsuits are being filed in state courts across the United States. The litigation against manufacturers of these products is growing, and lawyers from around the country are accepting clients.

The Hair Straightener Lawsuit has also crossed the border with a new class action lawsuit filed in Canadian court against L’Oreal.

The proposed class action filed in the British Columbia Supreme Court claims the products contain hormonally active and carcinogenic compounds that are not listed separately as ingredients but are instead often grouped into the “fragrance” or “perfume” categories. The claim accuses the companies of extensive misconduct, including failing to investigate reports of adverse effects, issue recalls or warn customers and health professionals.

Do you qualify for a Hair Straightener Lawsuit? Contact us for a free consultation or use the chatbot on this page to see if you qualify to file a claim instantly.

What is the Hair Straightener Cancer Lawsuit?

Scientific research published over the last decade has found that women using chemical hair straighteners, hair relaxers, and other similar products experience an increased risk of developing uterine cancer, endometrial cancer, uterine fibroids, breast cancer, and other health problems.

Renewed legal pressure is being put on companies who sell dangerous products specifically marketed for health and beauty purposes, and now legal action is being taken against companies who produce hair straighteners and hair relaxers for their failure to warn consumers of potential risks.

Previous legal action has been taken against companies whose hair products may increase breast cancer risk (Hair Products Breast Cancer Risk).

If you or a loved one used chemical hair straightening products and were subsequently diagnosed with uterine cancer, endometrial cancer, breast cancer, or another related health problem, you may be eligible to file a claim.

Contact TorHoerman Law for a free consultation, or use the chatbot on this page to see if you qualify to file a claim instantly.

Hair Straightener Lawsuits Filed Against Manufacturers

Several lawsuit claims have been filed against manufacturers, and steps are being made towards consolidation into multidistrict litigation (MDL).

Lawsuits have been filed in the Northern District of Illinois, Southern District of Georgia, Southern District of Ohio, Southern District of New York, and Northern District of California.

Visit this page for more updates on the Hair Straightener Lawsuit as information becomes available.

Research Studies on Links Between Hair Relaxers and Cancer

Several notable studies have been published in the last decade on the links between the use of chemical straighteners and increased risk of uterine cancer, breast cancer, and other health conditions.

These studies have been organized and executed by some of the top universities and health research institutions in the world.

Chemical Straighteners Linked to Increased Uterine Cancer Rates

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS): Women Who Use Chemical Hair Straighteners Are More Likely to Develop Uterine Cancer

The National Institute Of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) conducted a health study for more than a decade called the “Sister Study“, which originally looked at risk factors for breast cancer.

Published in October 2022, “Hair straightening chemicals associated with higher uterine cancer risk” found that women who reported frequent use of hair straightening products, defined as more than four times in the previous year, were more than twice as likely to go on to develop uterine cancer compared to those who did not use the products.

Alexandra White Ph.D. (Lead Author on the Study and Head of NIEHS Environment and Cancer Epidemiology Group) stated that:

“We estimated that 1.64% of women who never used hair straighteners would go on to develop uterine cancer by the age of 70; but for frequent users, that risk goes up to 4.05%. This doubling rate is concerning. However, it is important to put this information into context – uterine cancer is a relatively rare type of cancer.”

Additional Research on Chemical Hair Straighteners and Health Risks

Other studies on the link between dangerous chemicals in hair straightening products and cancer diagnoses include:

Black Women Experience a Higher Uterine Cancer Risk than White Women

According to the Resilient Sisterhood Project, a non-profit dedicated to raising awareness on the reproductive health of black women, black women are significantly more likely than white women to have advanced stages of uterine cancer and to have more aggressive tumor types (clear cell, serous, high-grade endometrioid, and malignant mixed Mullerian tumors).

The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology conducted a study on the mortality rates of endometrial cancer, finding an increased risk for black women to suffer from aggressive forms of uterine cancer.

Their study identifies two (2) reasons for this increased risk of aggressive uterine cancer:

  • Black women have a higher prevalence of molecular and genetic markers for more aggressive forms of endometrial cancer
  • Black women are often less likely to receive proper care for the disease, and the disease is often diagnosed at later and more aggressive stages compared to white women.

Congruently, black women use chemical hair straighteners and hair relaxers at much higher rates than white women and also at much earlier ages.

Do You Qualify for a Hair Straightener Lawsuit?

If you or a loved one used hair straightening products and subsequently developed cancer, you may be eligible to file a claim.

Contact TorHoerman Law for a free consultation, or use the virtual legal assistant on this page to see if you qualify to file a claim instantly.

Do you qualify for the hair relaxer cancer lawsuit

As a potential client, there are a few steps you should take with the help of an attorney:

An experienced attorney will also be able to help walk you through the steps of civil litigation,

Gathering Evidence for a Hair Relaxer Lawsuit

Evidence is important in any personal injury lawsuit, especially product liability cases.

In a Hair Straightener Lawsuits, evidence may include:

  • Medical records
  • Medical bills
  • Receipts of purchase
  • Lost wages as a result of medical treatment
  • Witness statements
  • Doctor’s notes
  • Other evidence proving use of hair relaxer products and the subsequent health impacts

Assessing Damages for Hair Straightener Lawsuits

With the help of an experienced attorney, you will begin to assess damages related to your case. Damages refer to the total losses incurred as a result of an injury or diagnosis, both economic and non-economic.

Damages in a Chemical Hair Straightener Lawsuit may include:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages or earning capability
  • Lost quality of life
  • Loss of consortium
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional damages
  • Permanent disability
  • Other damages

TorHoerman Law: Investigating Claims About Chemical Hair Straighteners and Higher Risk for Cancer

Our attorneys are currently investigating claims that allege links between frequent use of hair straightening chemicals and risk of developing uterine cancer, endometrial cancer, breast cancer, and other health problems.

Do you believe you qualify for the Hair Straightener Cancer Lawsuit?

Contact TorHoerman Law for a free consultation.

Chemical Hair Straightener Lawsuit, Hair Relaxer Lawyers

We are gathering potential clients and strategizing legal action against hair straightener manufacturers whose products exposed women to an increased risk for developing cancer.

Unsure if you qualify for the Hair Relaxer Lawsuit?

You can find out in under 2 minutes by using our website chat on this page.

Don’t hesitate to reach out and speak to our legal team today. We are here to help.

Tor Hoerman

Tor Hoerman

Owner & Attorney - TorHoerman Law

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