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Which Hair Relaxers Cause Cancer?

November 22, 2023

Over the past several months, many women have filed lawsuits for cancer caused by hair relaxers. Studies have found that chemical hair straightening products sold by several companies contain cancer-causing ingredients, including parabens and phthalates. Hair relaxers have been linked to breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, and other cancers—with women experiencing life-altering (if not life-threatening) consequences in many cases. 

Most companies use the same types of ingredients in their competing products. As a result, many of the hair relaxers that are on the market today contain parabens, phthalates, and other cancer-causing chemicals. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with cancer after using any chemical hair straightening product in the past, you will want to speak with a lawyer about filing a lawsuit for just compensation. 

Hair Relaxers Linked to Breast, Ovarian, and Uterine Cancer

So, which hair relaxers cause cancer? Since the cancer risk associated with hair relaxers depends on the specific ingredients of each product—and since most hair relaxers share the same key ingredients—the list has the potential to be extremely long. To date, hair straightening products sold by all of the following companies have all been identified as potential concerns:

  • African Pride
  • Carson Soft Sheen
  • Creme of Nature
  • Dark & Lovely
  • Just for Me
  • L’Oréal
  • Motions
  • Namaste
  • Olive Oil Girls
  • Optimum Care
  • ORS Olive Oil
  • Revlon
  • Soft & Beautiful
  • Soft Sheen
  • Strength of Nature Global, LLC
  • TCB Naturals

This list is not exhaustive. Chemical hair straightening products from other companies may present risks for ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, and other cancers as well. Our lawyers can determine if you have a claim against another company; and, if you do, we can file a hair relaxer lawsuit on your behalf. 

Due to the large number of hair relaxers that have the potential to cause cancer, anyone who uses any of these products should read the label carefully and consult with a doctor if they have any concerns about their health. Lumps under the skin, yellowing or darkening of the skin, unexplained changes in weight or bathroom use, persistent cough or fatigue, and difficulty breathing are all potential early warning signs of cancer

Answers to More Common Questions About Hair Relaxers and Cancer-Related Lawsuits 

If you have concerns about cancer caused by a chemical hair relaxer, you are not alone. You also are not alone if you have lots of questions about your situation. Here are the answers to some more common questions about hair relaxers and cancer-related lawsuits: 

Do All Hair Relaxers Cause Cancer? 

No, not all hair relaxers cause cancer. However, many do. Chemical hair straightening products that contain parabens, phthalates, and certain other ingredients have been linked to breast, ovarian, uterine, and other cancers. This includes hair relaxers sold by L’Oréal, Revlon, and more than a dozen other companies. 

How Do I Know if My Cancer Was Caused By a Hair Relaxer? 

Determining whether your cancer was caused by a hair relaxer requires both a comprehensive medical diagnosis and a detailed legal analysis. As a result, if you have been diagnosed with cancer and you have used a hair relaxer in the past, you should speak with a lawyer as soon as possible. A lawyer who has experience handling these types of lawsuits will be able to assess your legal rights and determine if you have a claim for financial compensation. 

What if I Have Used Multiple Hair Relaxing Products? 

If you have used multiple hair relaxing products, you may be able to sue one or more of the companies that sold you a dangerous hair straightening product. Our lawyers can thoroughly assess your legal rights and determine which claim—or claims—you should file. 

When Should I Talk to a Lawyer About Filing a Hair Relaxer Cancer Lawsuit? 

If you have any questions about filing a hair relaxer cancer lawsuit, you should talk to a lawyer promptly. It will take time to assert your legal rights; and, if you don’t assert your legal rights in time, you could lose them. It costs nothing to find out if you have a claim; and, if you do, you pay nothing unless you receive just compensation for your cancer-related costs and non-financial losses. 

Talk to a Chicago Hair Relaxer Lawsuit Lawyer for FREE

Do you have questions about filing a hair relaxer cancer lawsuit? If so, we encourage you to speak with one of our lawyers as soon as possible.

Contact Coplan + Crane today online or at 312-982-0588 for a FREE case evaluation. We serve clients from Chicago, Oak Park, Rockford, and other areas in Illinois.