If you used L’Oreal or other hair relaxer products and then developed uterine cancer, breast cancer, or other serious health issues, you may be entitled to compensation. Scout Law Group is filing lawsuits against the manufacturers of these hair relaxer products for the damages they caused to innocent consumers. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Hair “relaxes” when high pH alkali solutions degrade the keratin proteins contained in the hair. Relaxer products break the disulfide bonds in the hair and loosen any tight curls. The strong chemicals in these products flatten the hair by altering its protein structure.
Recent studies show some of the hazardous chemicals used in hair straightening treatments, such as those contained in L’Oreal products, may increase the risk of uterine cancer.
For instance, a study showed women who used chemical hair-straightening treatments have a 4% chance of developing uterine cancer by the time they are 70. But women who did not use these products have only a 1.6% chance.
This study shows women who used hair relaxer products were more than twice as likely to develop uterine cancer than those who did not use hair relaxers.
Scientific and medical research shows there may be a connection between the harmful chemicals in hair relaxer products (phthalates) and the following health conditions:
Uterine cancer can come in two forms -- endometrial and sarcoma.
Unfortunately, people that are suffering from these types of cancer or other conditions might not know they were caused by hair relaxer products. But the lawsuit recently filed against L’Oreal and others is gaining attention, so many people who have been harmed by these products are learning they may be entitled to compensation.
A young Missouri woman who had spent her whole life using chemical hair relaxers filed the first hair relaxer cancer lawsuit on October 21, 2022, in a federal courthouse in Chicago. The lawsuit was filed against L’Oreal and several other beauty products manufacturers.
The plaintiff in this case used the following products: Olive Oil Relaxer, Motions, Dark & Lovely, and Organic Root Stimulator. You should be aware of these other hair products that may also be hazardous:
The woman that filed the Chicago lawsuit first started using chemical hair relaxer products in 2000 when she was just ten years old. She used the products on a routine basis, approximately every two months. She would either apply them to her hair at home or have a professional do it in a salon.
In August 2018, at the age of 28, she was diagnosed with cancer of the uterus. This woman underwent a complete hysterectomy and is still receiving medical treatment. She had no history of cancer in her family.
The lawsuit filed in Chicago is a product liability lawsuit against L’Oreal and other hair relaxer manufacturers. A plaintiff files a product liability lawsuit when they have been harmed by a hazardous or defective product. The product’s manufacturer is usually targeted in product liability lawsuits, but some lawsuits also claim distributors, retailers, and other parties involved in the supply chain are responsible.
One unique aspect of product liability lawsuits is that the injured party may not need to prove the product manufacturer was negligent. Instead, they only need to show their injuries were caused by a defect in the product. While this can makes these cases simpler in some ways, there are still challenges in proving a product was defective or unreasonably dangerous.
There is evidence that L’Oreal knew in 2015 that the chemicals in its hair straightening products were hazardous. However, the FDA did not require them to obtain prior approval before putting these dangerous products on the market. Furthermore, the FDA does not require hair product manufacturers to list each chemical individually on the label. Instead, they can simply categorize all the substances together as “perfume” or “fragrance.”
Because this information was hidden from the public, innocent consumers bought L’Oreal hair straightening products, not knowing they contained ingredients that could cause cancer. However, the plaintiff in the L’Oreal lawsuit claims the company knew its products contained hazardous chemicals (phthalates) and knew they might cause serious health issues.