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Hair Relaxers Caused Missouri Woman's Uterine Cancer: Lawsuit
The lawsuit  was filed in federal court in Chicago by Plaintiff Jenny Mitchell, a 32-year-old woman who says she has used hair relaxers made by L’Oreal and ORS to straighten her curly hair consistently since she was in the third grade. At the age of 28, Mitchell was diagnosed with uterine cancer and was required to undergo a hysterectomy, ending her chances of becoming a mother.
“All I wanted to do is what any woman dreams of doing, and that is to bear children,” Mitchell said. “I’m still feeling that void of not being able to bear my own child.”
The complaint alleges that L’Oreal, ORS, and 3 other companies that manufacture hair relaxers knew that the chemicals contained in the products were toxic, that they led to cancer and endocrine disorders which altered women's ability to have children. The lawsuit is: Mitchell v. L’Oreal, et al. – 1:22-cv-5815, U.S. District Court in Chicago.
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Study Links Hair Straightening Chemicals to Uterine Cancer Risk
Mitchell's lawsuit follows the publication of a new study  by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) which found that women who use chemical hair straighteners and relaxers face an increased risk of uterine cancer.
For the study, researchers analyzed data from more than 33,000 women who took part in the Sister Study , an ongoing study that looks at risk factors for breast cancer and other health conditions.
After an average of nearly 11 years of follow-up, women who reported using hair relaxers and hair straighteners were almost twice as likely to have developed uterine cancer compared to those who did not use the products, after adjusting for factors that might affect the cancer risk.
Women who had reported frequent use of straighteners (more than 4 times over the course of a year) were about 2½ times more likely to be subsequently diagnosed with uterine cancer.
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Dangerous Hair Relaxers Marketed to Black Women
Mitchell's lawsuit cites a nearly century-long history of hair straighteners and hair relaxers being marketed to black consumers, products that contain harsh substances such as lye that cause chemical burns, scalp lesions, and exposure to carcinogenic compounds (cancer-causing substances).
According to the lawsuit, the global market for hair-straightening products generated some $718 million in sales in 2021, and in some studies, as many as 90% of black women report having used straighteners and relaxers.
“Because Black women use hair straightening or relaxer products more frequently and tend to initiate use at earlier ages than other races and ethnicities, these findings may be even more relevant for them,” said Che-Jung Chang, PhD, one of the authors of the NIH study.
What is Ultra Precise Hair Relaxer?
Ultra Precise No-Lye Conditioning Relaxer is a professional relaxer that conditions hair during the relaxing process. The built-in conditioner is designed to condition each hair fiber and smooth damaged areas selectively, fly-away fibers, and split ends. Ultra Precise No-Lye Conditioning Relaxer is manufactured and marketed by SoftSheen-Carson Professional.
Is There a Non-Chemical Hair Relaxer?
Unfortunately, no. There is no product completely free of chemicals that will permanently straighten highly textured hair.
Does Baking Soda Relax Hair?
Baking soda can help relax hair naturally, but will not completely straighten it. It makes curls looser and softer, helps clarify the hair by removing impurities, which can make hair sleeker and shinier.
What Can I Use in Place of a Hair Relaxer?
Keratin treatments are a good alternative to relaxers, as they introduce keratin protein into the hair and seal the cuticle, making the hair stronger and shinier. These treatments last for 6 months or longer, and work best on dry and damaged hair caused by straightening or relaxing.
How to Lower Your Risk for Cancer
Women should limit or avoid the use of hair relaxers and hair straighteners to reduce their risk of cancer, based on the studies conducted so far. For those who are concerned, there are also other things you can do to help lower your risk of uterine cancer, such as staying at a healthy weight and exercising regularly.
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The Products Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Ultra Precise Hair Relaxer Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.
Again, if you or a loved one was diagnosed with uterine cancer, breast cancer, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids after using Ultra Precise Hair Relaxer, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing an Ultra Precise Hair Relaxer Lawsuit and our products liability lawyers can help.