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Hair Relaxer Lawsuit: What Perms Can Cause Cancer?

Recently, doctors have voiced their concern about the carcinogenic potential of relaxers and chemical hair straighteners. Furthermore, uterine cancer incidences are significantly higher in women who make use of chemical hair straighteners and relaxers, specifically Black women. Along with the possibility of uterine cancer, hair relaxers could also cause women to develop breast cancer as well as endometriosis, fibroids in the uterus, and preterm birth.


Following an investigation that has been published demonstrating the connection between chemical hair relaxers as well as an increased cancer risk, several people are asking, “What perms can cause cancer?”

If you’ve employed hair straighteners or relaxers and then later developed breast cancer, uterine cancer, or any other medical condition that is considered to be a qualifying health issue, you are qualified for compensation. The Justice Now offers a FREE review of your case. Contact us at +1(530) 201-4340 to talk to one of our knowledgeable hair relaxer lawyers, who will discuss the specifics of your case and provide you with legal options.


At present, four major producers of products for hair relaxation are facing legal action due to claims of a higher risk of cancers that affect the uterus as well as other health issues in women who utilize these products. These are the companies:

  • L’Oreal
  • Namaste Laboratories LLC
  • Dabur International Ltd.
  • Godrej Consumer Products

They make the most well-known brands of chemical straighteners. They include:

  • Just for Me
  • Dark & Lovely
  • Soft & Beautiful
  • Motions
  • Olive Oil Girls

The hair straightener brands that are sold have one or more chemicals that could be carcinogenic and could be linked to a higher chance of developing certain cancers, like breast cancer and uterine cancer, in addition to other diseases like endometriosis and uterine fibroids.

Consumer groups are warning against the use of hair straighteners made from lye and relaxers since there appears to be a significant connection between their use and a higher risk of several cancers.


There has been an increasing concern over the safety of hair relaxers and straighteners in recent years, driven by firsthand stories of rashes, burns, and hair breaking. Even though these concerns are concerning, some reports linked these products to an increase in the risk of developing cancer, as well as other health issues.

As research continues to determine which chemicals or mixtures of chemicals found in hair relaxers could result in increased cancer rates, Certain relaxers contain chemicals that have been connected to cancer. These chemicals comprise:


Some hair straighteners and hair relaxers can release formaldehyde, which the CDC has designated as a recognized human carcinogen, which means it may cause cancer. Formaldehyde from hair relaxers can cause health issues of various kinds, such as respiratory issues, nerve system issues, skin irritations, and even cancer.

Propylene Glycol

At first, it was believed that the CDC did not believe propylene glycol to be carcinogenic. It is found in a wide range of products, including nicotine-based vaporizers and hair relaxers. Yet, recent studies conducted on rats and mice have revealed the possibility of an increased risk of developing cancer when exposed for long periods to propylene glycol. With the abundance of hair relaxers that contain propylene glycol, there is a chance the chemical could become responsible for increasing the incidence of cancer among those who use these products.

Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)

Sodium hydroxide, also known as lye, is among the most controversial chemicals found in products to relax hair. The dangers of lye, an irritant to the skin, are well-known, and excessive lye application to the skin or hair could cause burns, breakage, rashes, and injuries. It is important to note that the IARC and the CDC have not declared lye a carcinogenic chemical. Yet, considering the sheer number of women diagnosed with uterine cancer during the recent study of hair relaxers made from lye, There is a public demand for further research into the possibility of a link between the molecule lye and cancer of the uterus and other cancers.


Uterine cancer is one of the strongest links with chemicals that relax hair. A study called”Sister Study,” “Sister Study” was conducted by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and conducted a survey of over 33,497 U.S. women ages 35-74 between 2003 and 2009. The study examined many female health factors and well-being, but one thing they didn’t search for was a connection between uterine cancer and hair relaxers.

However, this study showed that women who employed permanent hair straighteners, hair relaxers, or dyes at least every six months generally had a higher chance of developing uterine cancer than women who used them less often.

The research ultimately showed that women who had used these products more than four times during the past calendar year “were more than twice as likely to go on to develop uterine cancer compared to those who did not use the products.”


Suppose you think you’ve suffered injury or cancer as a result of using chemical hair straightening products. In that case, you should stop using them immediately, speak with your physician, and contact the attorney you choose to discuss your alternatives.

We at The Justice Now believe in helping our clients receive the justice they are due from negligent businesses that place profits over people. If you contact us, you’ll be able to talk to one of our knowledgeable hair straightener lawyers to schedule a free consultation to find out more about your situation.

Our attorney will use his collective over 200+ years of lawful expertise to determine the best way to ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled to.

Call us at +1(530) 201-4340 to immediately talk to one of our highly experienced trial lawyers. We will only charge attorneys’ fees if we obtain your case, as our firm, The Justice Now, believes that Justice Prevails.

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