Hair Relaxer/ Straightener Litigation

Hair Relaxer/Straightener Litigation Attorneys

If you or your loved one have used hair relaxers or straighteners and been diagnosed with uterine or ovarian cancer, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturers of these products.

Some women have developed uterine or ovarian cancer related to their use of hair relaxers or straighteners. By filing lawsuits, victims may be compensated for their pain and suffering, medical expenses due to cancer diagnosis and treatments, and lost income or wages as a result of their cancer prognosis.

Hair relaxers and straighteners are a predominant exposure pathway to various endocrine-disrupting chemicals such as formaldehyde and have been associated with hormone-sensitive cancers including uterine and ovarian cancers in epidemiological studies. Recent peer-reviewed studies involving tens of thousands of women have found more than a two-fold increase in risk of uterine and ovarian cancers associated with frequent use of hair relaxers and straighteners.* Importantly, this increase in risk remained statistically significant even after controlling for a number of confounders known to be independent risk factors for uterine and ovarian cancers.

You may be eligible to file a hair relaxer lawsuit if you:

  • Used hair relaxers or straighteners
  • Later developed uterine or ovarian cancer

A number of companies have been named as defendants in hair relaxer cancer lawsuits pending in federal and state courts. We are currently filing cases related to the following products (defendants):

  • Dark & Lovely (L’Oréal and SoftSheen)
  • Optimum (L’Oréal and SoftSheen)
  • Mizani (L’Oréal)
  • Motions (Strength of Nature)
  • Just for Me (Strength of Nature)
  • Soft & Beautiful (Strength of Nature)
  • TCB (Strength of Nature)
  • TCB Naturals (Strength of Nature)
  • Profectiv Mega Growth (Strength of Nature)
  • African Pride (Strength of Nature)
  • Dream Kids (Strength of Nature)
  • Dr. Miracle’s (Strength of Nature)
  • African Pride (Strength of Nature and Godrej SON Holdings)
  • ORS Olive Oil (Dabur and Namaste)
  • Hawaiian Silky (JF Labs)
  • Cantu (PDC Brands)
  • Design Essentials (McBride)
  • Affirm (Avlon)
  • Africa’s Best (House of Cheatham)
  • Pink Conditioning No-Lye Relaxer (Luster)
  • Smooth Touch No-Lye Relaxer (Luster)
  • Silk Elements (Sally Beauty)

Our dedicated team of attorneys, scientists, and support staff are ready to assist you with filing a lawsuit. Please call us at (916) 520-6639 for a free consultation.

*See, e.g., Chang CJ, O'Brien KM, Keil AP, Gaston SA, Jackson CL, Sandler DP, White AJ. Use of Straighteners and Other Hair Products and Incident Uterine Cancer. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2022 Dec 8;114(12):1636-1645; White AJ, Sandler DP, Gaston SA, Jackson CL, O'Brien KM. Use of hair products in relation to ovarian cancer risk. Carcinogenesis. 2021 Oct 5;42(9):1189-1195.

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