Links Between Hair Relaxer Products and Cancer Risk

by | Mar 30, 2023 | Firm News, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death

The hair care industry has had numerous controversies over the years, but one of the most alarming is the association between hair relaxer products and uterine cancer. Numerous lawsuits have been filed against major manufacturers, alleging that their products contain harmful chemicals that increase the risk of developing uterine cancer.

The connection between hair relaxers and uterine cancer has been a topic of scientific research for quite some time. One recent study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found “evidence of association between use of straightening products and uterine cancer.”

The mounting evidence linking hair relaxers to uterine cancer has led to a wave of lawsuits against manufacturers. In some of the litigation, Plaintiffs claim that companies failed to warn consumers about the potential risks associated with their products, leading to life-altering consequences.

The rising concerns about the safety of hair relaxers have prompted regulatory authorities to take action. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warnings about the potential risks associated with these products and continues to monitor their safety.  According to the FDA, there are ways to minimize potential risks.  The FDA recommends:

  • Follow all directions in the package.
  • Do a patch test on your skin before using dye on your hair. Rub a small amount of dye on your skin. Let it dry for 48 hours. If you get a rash, do not use the dye on your hair.
  • Wear gloves when applying hair dye or relaxers.
  • Do not dye your eyebrows or eyelashes at home. This can hurt your eyes and cause permanent discoloration. You might even go blind. The FDA has provided for the safe use of silver nitrate as a color additive, in professional-use only cosmetics, to color eyebrows and eyelashes. Use is restricted to up to 4 percent silver nitrate (by weight) in a viscous gel product. These silver nitrate containing cosmetic products are not intended for use on persons under the age of 16 or for application for longer than 1 minute. Furthermore, these products are not for distribution or direct sale to consumers.
  • Do not leave the product on longer than the directions say you should.
  • Rinse your scalp well with water after using hair dye or relaxers.
  • Keep hair dyes and relaxers out the reach of children.

In response to these concerns, some manufacturers have begun to offer alternative products that contain fewer harmful chemicals. These products are designed to provide the same hair-straightening effects without exposing users to the risks associated with traditional relaxers.

The link between hair relaxers and uterine cancer remains a significant concern for consumers and has led to numerous lawsuits against manufacturers. As research continues to shed light on the potential dangers of these products, it is crucial for both regulatory authorities and the industry to take steps to ensure consumer safety. In the meantime, consumers should be aware of the risks and consider safer alternatives when seeking hair-straightening solutions.

Spagnoletti Law Firm has attorneys licensed in Texas, Florida, and New York.  We have handled numerous cases involving complex litigation in both federal and state court across the country.  Our attorneys have the skills needed to aggressively represent the families of loved ones who have lost their lives or those who have been seriously injured as a result of the use of a hair relaxer.

The experienced attorneys at Spagnoletti Law Firm can help you understand your rights if you or a loved one was seriously injured or died as a result of a product.  Please call us to learn about your rights if you are one of the individuals who have suffered personal injury or lost a loved one as a result of a defective product.  Please contact us online or call 713-804-9306 or 877-678-5864 to learn more about your legal rights.