Chemical Hair Straightener Lawsuit

Chemical hair straightener lawsuits are being filed against L'Oreal and other manufacturers whose products allegedly cause health issues, such as uterine cancer, breast cancer, fibroids, and endometriosis.

Chemical Hair Straightener Lawsuit


Women who have used chemical hair straightener and been diagnosed uterine cancer, breast cancer, fibroids, and endometriosis.


Chemical hair straightener lawsuits are being filed against L'Oreal and other manufacturers whose products allegedly cause health issues, such as uterine cancer, breast cancer, fibroids, and endometriosis.


Injury lawsuits are about more than just money. They're about justice and accountability. If you have been impacted chemicals in hair straightener, you deserve compensation for the pain and suffering you've endured.


The best advice for a person in this situation is to seek an attorney who has experience with Class Action Lawsuits

Chemical hair straightener lawsuits are being filed against L'Oreal and other manufacturers whose products allegedly cause health issues, such as:

  • uterine cancer
  • breast cancer
  • fibroids
  • and endometriosis.

The suits allege that the companies neglected to warn consumers of the potential risks associated with using their chemical hair straighteners. This is an especially concerning issue because these chemicals—which were supposed to provide a beauty booster—have instead caused terrible health damage among women who used them.

Thankfully there is a recourse for those affected by these products. People who have suffered due to using these chemical straighteners can file an official lawsuit.

If you think you or someone you know has already experienced negative health effects after using well-known chemical hair straighteners, then consulting with a personal injury lawyer can help get the compensation needed to cover medical costs.

Why Are People Filing Chemical Hair Straightener Lawsuits?

People across the United States are filing chemical hair straightener lawsuits because they believe these products cause increased risk of:

  • uterine cancer
  • uterine fibroids
  • breast cancer
  • and endometriosis.

This comes after the National Institutes of Health published a study that found a correlation between chemical hair straighteners and higher risks for certain types of cancers in women.

Double the Risk of Cancer with Only Four Uses

According to this study, women who use these products more than four times a year may have more than double the risk of uterine cancer compared to those who do not use them. In addition, other studies have linked them with increased risks for uterine fibroids, endometriosis, and breast cancer.

Did These Chemical Hair Straightener Companies Target Black Women?

Furthermore, it is argued that those companies involved in producing these products targeted Black women specifically — an issue that makes them even more vulnerable to potentially dangerous side effects due to overexposure since they tend to rely heavily on chemical hair straighteners. Thus far no conclusive evidence has proved a direct correlation, yet many victims justify their claims against Big Pharma firms behind these damaging substances.

What Cancers Are Caused by Chemical Hair Straighteners?

Chemical hair straighteners have been linked to a higher risk of uterine and breast cancer. Studies have identified endocrine-disrupting chemicals, or EDCs, in these products that can increase the risk of certain cancers. The women who use these products more frequently than four times a year, are especially at risk for developing cancer. In addition to raising cancer risks these products can also cause other health problems such as endometriosis and uterine fibroids.

Toxic chemicals such as:

  • phthalates
  • parabens
  • and DEHP (short for di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate)

are released into the air when using chemical hair straighteners. These particulate matter gets into our lungs where it can irritate the respiratory system and create an even higher cancer risk.

Uterine Cancer

The NIH recently concluded a study in 2021 that the overuse of certain hair products recent studies have linked may increase the risk for uterine cancer in women. This study revealed that when data from 33,947 women aged 35 to 74 was analyzed, those who used hair straighteners more than four times in a 12-month period were two times more likely to experience uterine cancer than those who did not use them at all or less often.

Uterine Cancer Signs & Symptoms

Uterine cancer is a severe medical condition that can be difficult to diagnose due to overlapping symptoms of other conditions. However, it is essential to speak with your healthcare provider as soon as possible if you notice any of the following symptoms indicative of uterine cancer.

Common uterine cancer signs and symptoms include:

  • cramping or pain in the lower abdomen or pelvic area below the belly
  • vaginal bleeding or spotting between periods
  • and vaginal bleeding or spotting postmenopause to any degree
  • persistent, heavy, or prolonged periods of vaginal bleeding over the age of 40
  • postmenopausal women should be aware of changes in white or clear vaginal discharge which could indicate an issue with the uterus

Breast Cancer

Recent research conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has linked chemical hair straighteners to an increased risk of breast cancer. The study discovered that individuals who used these products every five to eight weeks faced a 30% higher chance of getting breast cancer compared to those who never used them.

What is even more concerning is that Black women appear to be particularly vulnerable and at greater risk than other races due to their tendency to use these products frequently.


Endometriosis is a condition that affects many women around the world. However, the cause of it remains unclear. Recently, research has suggested that endometriosis could be linked to hormonal imbalances.

Hormones play an integral role in reproductive and overall bodily health, so any disruption to the hormone balance can lead to severe issues such as infertility or even cancer.

Researchers have suggested that phthalates, parabens, and EDCs found in hair dye and straighteners may contribute to hormonal disruption, thereby increasing the risk of endometriosis.

In 2018, one study published in the Journal of Human Reproductive Sciences found higher levels of phthalates in tissues taken from women with endometriosis when compared to women without endometriosis—providing evidence that chemicals used in beauty products could be detrimental to hormone balance.

Who Can File a Chemical Hair Straightener Lawsuit?

Suppose you have used chemical hair straightening products and were later diagnosed with any of these three types of cancer. In that case, you may be able to file a chemical hair straightener lawsuit against the manufacturer. The best way to find out is to speak with an experienced attorney who can guide you through the process and explain your legal options.

How Does Chemical Hair Straightening Work?

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Chemical hair straightening is a popular hair styling technique that has been around for many years. It works by using heat and chemicals to break down the natural bonds in hair, such as disulfide, hydrogen, and salt bonds. As people apply chemical straighteners to their hair, they break those disulfide bonds, allowing the hair to be straightened. This process typically lasts until the new growth of naturally curly or wavy hair grows out.

A variety of chemicals are used in hair straighteners, including:

  • sodium hydroxide
  • ammonium thioglycolate
  • sodium thioglycolate
  • formaldehyde
  • cyclosiloxanes
  • parabens
  • diethanolamine
  • phthalates
  • benzophenone-
  • and triclosan.

These chemicals can be very harmful if not used properly, and it is essential to follow the instructions on the product carefully when using chemical straighteners. Another option is to use keratin treatments which act like a conditioning agent to smooth the cuticle while maintaining a healthy shine throughout your tresses.

What Can I Get from a Lawsuit?

A successful lawsuit may provide compensation for damages, such as:

Economic Damages

Economic damages are losses that arise from an injury or harm to another’s property, business, or finances. Economic damages include:

  • past medical expenses (related to the diagnosis
  • future medical expenses
  • lost wages
  • and lost income

Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages are types of damages in personal injury cases that cannot be quantified or measured. These include:

  • pain and suffering
  • emotional distress
  • inconvenience
  • destruction of one's quality of life
  • scarring or disfigurement

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages are a type of legal damages that a court will award in order to punish the wrongdoer for egregious misconduct or to set an example for other potential violators. They are generally in addition to any other compensatory damages that were awarded.

Special Damages

Special damages, also known as consequential damages, are those that do not occur directly from a breach but are considered a consequence of that breach.

 Who Qualifies for a Hair Straightening Cancer Lawsuit?

Women exposed to certain hair straightening chemicals may be eligible to file a cancer lawsuit if their regular use of these products has been linked to specific types of cancer. To qualify for a hair straightening cancer lawsuit, women must have used chemical relaxers as an adolescent, which can include at-home applications or those performed by a professional hairstylist.

Additionally, they must have used the product over several years in order for the claim to be viable. This means there must be evidence that demonstrates the direct connection between cancer and the significant usage of relaxers over an extended time.

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