New Hair Straightener Lawsuit Filed Against Makers of Dark & Lovely, Just for Me, Cantu Hair Relaxers
An Illinois woman who claims she developed endometriosis and uterine cancer from hair relaxer products has filed a lawsuit  against L’Oreal USA, Inc., Soft Sheen-Carson LLC., Strength of Nature, LLC, Godrej Son Holdings, Inc. PDC Brands, and Parfums De Coeur, Ltd.
Plaintiff Timika Smith alleges she used hair straighteners for nearly 30 years, including Dark & Lovely, Just for Me, and Cantu Shea Butter Relaxer. She continued using the products until at least 2017 when she was diagnosed with uterine cancer and endometriosis. Smith claims that the defendants failed to warn women about toxic chemicals in their hair straightener and home perm products, according to the lawsuit.
“Concerns around racial disparities in healthcare linked to chemicals found in cosmetic products are not new; previous studies, as far back as 2012, have also suggested a correlation between chemical relaxer use and uterine fibroids, a condition that disproportionately affects Black women,” the complaint states.
Smith's lawsuit joins a growing number of similar complaints being filed, following the publication of several studies that linked severe health risks to phthalates and other endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in popular hair relaxer products predominantly marketed to black women.
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Hair Relaxer Uterine Cancer Study
In October 2022, a study published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)  warned that ingredients used in chemical hair relaxers may significantly increase the risk of uterine cancer. The researchers determined that the rate of uterine cancer was nearly 3 times greater among women who frequently used hair relaxer chemicals compared to women who never used the products.
The study's authors looked at data on nearly 34,000 U.S. women between the ages of 35 and 74 who completed questionnaires on their use of multiple hair products, including hair dyes, straighteners, relaxers, or pressing products, and permanents or body waves. A 10-year follow-up on the incident rate of uterine cancer diagnosis was performed.
Results of the study identified at least 378 uterine cancer cases, finding participants who used hair straightening products at least once had the highest rate of uterine cancer diagnosis compared to any other hair products involved in the study. They also had a higher rate of uterine cancer when compared to women who used no hair straighteners or hair relaxers.
Hair Relaxer Breast Cancer Study
A 2019 study in the International Journal of Cancer (IJC)  found that women who regularly used hair straighteners and permanent hair dyes were 9% more likely to develop breast cancer than non-users.
Over an 8-year period, the study's authors identified at least 2,794 cases of breast cancer following chemical hair straightener use. The researchers found that those who frequently used hair straightener products (at least every 5 to 8 weeks) had a 30% increased risk of developing breast cancer.
The study concluded that black women who reported using permanent hair dyes regularly were linked to a 60% increase of breast cancer diagnosis, compared to an 8% increased risk for white women.
What is Mizani Hair Rhelaxer?
Mizani Hair Rhelaxer is a chemical hair relaxer that was made for fine and color-treated hair. The product contains sodium hydroxide for "safer application." Mizani Hair Rhelaxer is designed to transform curly hair to straight hair in a matter of minutes.
What to do if You Got Cancer from Hair Relaxers
If you or a loved one were exposed to chemical hair straightening products at least 4 times in a one-year period and were subsequently diagnosed with uterine cancer, breast cancer, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids, contact the product liability lawyers at Schmidt & Clark, LLP, today.
If using chemical hair relaxers or hair straighteners caused you to develop cancer, we will hold the responsible parties accountable. Our attorneys will prove that the manufacturers knew their products were harmful, and even intentionally targeted young women in their marketing and still failed to warn of the risks.
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Again, if you or a loved one was diagnosed with uterine cancer, breast cancer, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids after using Mizani Hair Relaxer, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Mizani Hair Relaxer Lawsuit and our product liability lawyers can help.