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Chemical Hair Straighteners (Hair Relaxer) & Cancer Lawsuit 2024

Last Updated: February 14, 2024

In mid-October 2022, the Journal of the National Institute of Cancer published an alarming study on the link between hair straightener products – and other related cosmetics – and several forms of cancer. The study found that hair products may contain hazardous chemicals with endocrine-disrupting and carcinogenic (cancer-causing) properties. 


Not long after the study was published, a Missouri woman filed a lawsuit against L’Oréal and several other companies that manufacture hair straightening products and equipment, alleging that exposure to these hair products was responsible for her uterine cancer. Other hair straightener cancer lawsuits have been filed in New York and California. Lawyers representing claimants believe that more people will come forward to join lawsuits against manufacturers of these potentially defective products.

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Hair Straighteners & Cancer Lawsuit News & Updates

  • February 14, 2024 - Woman in L'Oreal lawsuit shares photos of hair damage
  • February 1, 2024 - 4 Georgia Black women sue for millions after study finds health impacts of hair relaxers.
  • January 21, 2024 - Three GA women file lawsuits against hair straightener companies.
  • January 1, 2024 - The FDA needs to get to the root of hair-straightener carcinogens. Cancer has been linked to chemicals used to relax hair and smooth it. The regulators should take them off the shelves.
  • December 1, 2023 - A study found that using straighteners and curling irons with common hair styling products could release toxic chemicals linked to fertility.
  • November 8, 2023 - The FDA proposed a ban on hair straighteners with formaldehyde over cancer concerns.
  • November 1, 2023 - The FDA plans to propose banning the use of formaldehyde in hair straighteners, which have been linked to increased cancer risk.
  • October 16, 2023 - FDA Proposes Banning A Dangerous Chemical In Hair Relaxers Due Potential Risks To Black Women.
  • October 1, 2023 - The Cost of Straight Hair The products Black women rely on to give their locks body and shine are now alleged to give them cancer.
  • September 1, 2023 - National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Newsletter - Women who regularly used hair straighteners and dye were 9% more likely than women who did not to develop breast cancer. Among Black women, using permanent dyes every five to eight weeks or more was associated with a 60% increased chance of developing breast cancer, as compared with an 8% increased risk for white women.
  • August 14, 2023 - After a National Institutes of Health study showed that frequent use of these styling products may increase the risk of uterine cancer, experts urge caution and moderation in the use of chemical straighteners.
  • August 1, 2023 - Black Women Weigh Emerging Risks of "Creamy Crack" Hair Straighteners.
  • July 12, 2023 - Dangerous beauty: Cosmetics marketed to minorities come with cancer risk. WA state is cracking down on what’s called "dangerous beauty" – the use of harmful hair chemicals targeting women of color. For many Black women the pressure to fit in is increasing their risk of cancer.
  • July 1, 2023 - A firm says women with cancer from hair straighteners and relaxers may be entitled to compensation.
  • June 1, 2023 - Researchers find a link between hair care products and cancer.
  • May 15, 2023 - Rep. Brown, Rep. pressley urge FDA to investigate chemical hair straighteners' health risks.
  • May 1, 2023 - A study has revealed that chemical hair straighteners can affect the ability to have children.
  • April 1, 2023 - Dozens of people join federal lawsuit against hair-straightening products.
  • March 1, 2023 - Chicago court consolidates dozens of hair product lawsuits. L'Oreal products are among the ones that sell hair relaxers to African American clients.
  • February 19, 2023 - According to a US Judicial Panel Order on Multidistrict Litigation, nearly 60 lawsuits alleging that hair relaxer products sold at L'Oreal or other companies caused cancer will be consolidated at a Chicago federal Court.
  • February 1, 2023 - Recent research has revealed new information about chemical hair straighteners, and skin lighteners.
  • January 1, 2023 - Hair straighteners: How do they affect uterine cancer risk?

    Endometrial cancer, also known as uterine cancer, is very rare. The risk of developing this disease is low for most women, with a mere 3% chance. This means that there are approximately 65,000 cases diagnosed each year in the United States. However, there are some factors that can increase the likelihood. A recent study found that hair straightening products can be added to this list.

  • December 1, 2022 - They were both diagnosed with uterine cancers and tumors. They are now suing the manufacturers of chemical hair straighteners.

The hair product cancer report published in the Journal of the National Institute of Cancer was created by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). While it is possible that the new study acted as a catalyst for the latest hair straightener lawsuits filed in the fall of 2022, it’s worth remembering that it is not the first significant study to propose a link between cancer and these products. For instance, another study published in 2020 in the International Journal of Cancer made similar claims, linking hair dyes and hair straighteners to breast cancer. The information in these studies has caused interest in the hair straightener lawsuits, prompting lawyers to call others to come forward if they believe they have been affected.

It’s also important to point out that some of the media reports covering the hair straightener lawsuits recently have picked up on lawyers’ claims that the issue is linked to race. Women of color are much more likely to use hair straightening products, and those participating in the NIEHS hair product study were found to have higher rates of cancer. Still, lawyers make it clear that race, ethnicity, or gender are not barriers to joining these hair straightener lawsuits. Anyone who has had cancer and has used these products in the past should contact an experienced hair straightener attorney to see if they are eligible to join the hair straightener and cancer lawsuits.

Hair Straightener Brands in Lawsuit

The allegations in the lawsuit are against the following companies: Namaste Laboratories, L'Oreal USA Inc. and L'Oreal USA Products Inc., Dabur International Ltd., Dabur USA Inc., Strength of Nature Global LLC and Soft Sheen Carson Inc.

The following companies produce the following chemical hair straightener brands:

  • L'Oreal
  • TCB Naturals
  • Strength of Nature Global LLC
  • Soft & Beautiful
  • Optimum
  • Olive Oil Girls
  • Namaste
  • Motions
  • Just for Me
  • Dark and Lovely

Hair Straightener and Cancer

L’Oréal Straighteners Breast Cancer

Do L’Oréal straighteners cause breast cancer? We don’t know for sure, but L’Oréal is listed as a defendant in at least one of the current lawsuits for potential hair straightener cancer risk.

Remington Straightener Cancer Warning

There have been conflicting reports in the media and social media about whether Remington hair straighteners cause cancer. Remington is a prominent manufacturer of chemical hair straighteners, but it’s not clear whether the company will be named in upcoming lawsuits.

GHD Straightener Breast Cancer

GHD (Good Hair Day) is another prominent manufacturer of hair straighteners. Like Remington, the company has not been named specifically in any lawsuits. However, this might change as more information becomes available.

CHI Breast Cancer Hair Straightener & Conair Pink Breast Cancer Crimper

CHI (Ceramic Hairstyling Iron) and Conair are two other brands that produce hair straightening and related products. While neither has been specifically mentioned in the hair straightener lawsuits 2022, it’s interesting to note that both brands released special editions of their hair care electrical products in pink with the intention of raising breast cancer awareness.

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Hair Relaxer Side Effects

Hair relaxers, also known as hair straighteners, are products that are used to change the texture of curly hair. Like any chemical product, hair relaxers may cause side effects. 

Possible side effects of hair relaxers include:

  • Scalp irritation, including redness, itching, and burning
  • Dry, brittle hair
  • Damage to the hair, including breakage and split ends
  • Hair loss
  • Changes in hair texture, such as hair becoming limp or limp and wavy

It is important to follow the instructions on the hair relaxer packaging and to avoid leaving the product on for longer than recommended. Using a hair relaxer that is too strong for your hair type can increase the risk of side effects. If you experience any side effects after using a hair relaxer, it is recommended that you stop using the product and consult a healthcare professional.

Hair Straighteners Cancer Lawsuit

Hair Straightener Cancer Warning & Recalls

Many people are asking how the government is working to protect people who unknowingly use hair straightening products linked to cancer. The FDA, the governmental body responsible for a hair straightener recall, has provided warnings for hair care products. There was a push from the FDA to warn users about using hair straightening products known to release formaldehyde, which is classed as a Group 1 carcinogen (cancer-causing chemical).. The FDA has not yet issued a recall of specific hair straightening products, but it has contacted hair straightener manufacturers to warn them about safety issues.

Hair Straighteners Types of Cancer

Studies have proposed that women who used these products, particularly over long periods of time, are more likely to develop uterine cancer, breast cancer, and ovarian cancer. The NIEHS study demonstrated that 4% of women who used hair straightener products frequently developed uterine cancer by age 70. The rate of uterine cancer by age 70 for women who never used these products was 1.6%. It is possible that other studies will demonstrate links between hair straightener use and other cancers.

Hair Straighteners Types Of Cancer

Health Risks of Hair Straightening

Several studies show that  hair straightener use may be linked to an increased cancer risk, specifically cancers of the uterus, breast, and ovaries. It’s likely that this risk is heightened if these products are used over long periods of time. 

Researchers point to certain chemicals in hair straighteners that are linked to cancer, and have demonstrated an increased rate of these cancers in women who have used these products for many years. If you are concerned at all about using hair straighteners, you should contact your provider for further advice.

Hair Straighteners & Cancer Lawsuit Payout

Compensation for plaintiffs in hair straightener lawsuits will depend on several factors. Jenny Mitchell, a Missouri woman who brought a lawsuit against L’Oreal and several other hair straightener companies, is asking for$75,000 in compensation. Hair straightener cancer payout awards will depend on evidence uncovered during the lawsuits, including how much these companies knew about the potential dangers of these products.

Hair Straighteners & Cancer Lawsuit Settlement Amounts

It is possible that hair straightener companies will come to a settlement agreement with claimants pursuing compensation. If there is evidence of wrongdoing or negligence on the part of big brands like L’Oreal or Remington, it may be more pragmatic to settle out of court. Right now, the focus of law firms is to bring more claimants into the proceedings so that they can hear their stories and build a stronger case against hair straightener companies.

Hair Straighteners & Cancer Lawsuit Sign Up

Hair straightener cancer law firms are calling for more people to come forward who have been adversely affected by these products. In particular, lawyers have asked for women who have certain types of cancer – ovarian, uterine, breast – or related illnesses and who have been using hair straightener products for a prolonged period of time to come forward to pursue compensation. 

The first step is determining your eligibility, which you can do by filling in a free evaluation form. If you may qualify for compensation, we will connect you with an experienced personal injury lawyer to begin your journey toward justice.

Is Hair Straighteners & Cancer Lawsuit a Class Action Lawsuit or a Mass Tort Lawsuit?

Currently, the hair straightener cancer lawsuits refer to a handful of cases taken by individuals against hair straightener manufacturers. However, as lawyers are asking more people to come forward to file lawsuits, it is possible that the cases are consolidated. Class action lawsuits are usually reserved for a large number of claimants with identical grievances.. Due to the complexity of the case and allegations of serious injury caused by hair straighteners, it is likely that the lawsuits would become mass tort litigation. This means the cases are grouped together for reasons of efficiency and to create a standard of legal precedence. Unlike a class action, each claimant’s case is judged independently when it comes to awarding settlements.

Hair Straighteners & Cancer Lawsuit FAQ

Can hair straighteners cause cancer?

Several studies have linked hair straightener use to cancer, specifically, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and uterine cancer.

Does Japanese straightening cause cancer?

Experts have raised concerns about specific hair straightening treatments, including some of the chemical processes involved with Japanese straightening techniques. Generally, Japanese hair straightening is recognized as a safe treatment.

Does keratin hair straightening cause cancer?

Keratin is a natural protein that does not cause cancer in and of itself. However, some keratin-based hair treatments include other potentially harmful chemicals, including the known carcinogen formaldehyde.

Is straightening hair with chemicals harmful?

Studies have shown a strong link between cancer rates and the use of hair straighteners over long periods of time.

Is it safe to use a hair straightener daily?

Styling tools that use heat to straighten hair are safe to use daily. Chemical straighteners are not. 

Is keratin linked to cancer?

Keratin is a natural substance found in your hair, nails, and skin. The issue is that some keratin-infused hair care products contain other potentially harmful chemicals that may cause cancer.

What chemicals are in hair straighteners?

There are numerous types of hair straightening procedures,  and its important to read the ingredients label to fully understand the ingredients of the product you’re using. The issue cited in the hair straightener lawsuits for cancer is the possible connection between hair straightening and the release of endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), which may be carcinogenic.

What are the side effects of chemically straightening hair?

There can be numerous side effects of chemical hair straightening, some of which are cosmetic rather than truly harmful. However, studies have pointed to a higher rate of cancer (breast, uterine, and ovarian cancer) among women who have used chemical hair straighteners for many years.

Can I straighten my hair without damaging it?

Yes, and some hair straighteners might be safe to use. There are many different treatments available, both natural and cosmetic. If you are worried, you should speak to a healthcare provider for further advice.

How can I straighten my hair naturally?

You can find lots of tips and recommendations online for straightening your hair naturally. But remember that not all treatments are safe. Speak to an expert at a salon before trying any procedure that you are unsure about.

If You or a Loved One Developed Cancer After Using Chemical Hair Straighteners, You’re Not Alone.

It can be devastating to imagine that a company you trust could knowingly release products containing carcinogenic chemicals. If you or a loved one were diagnosed with cancer after using chemical hair straightening products, it’s important that you reach out to learn more about whether you may be eligible for compensation. When you fill out the form below, we’ll review your case details and connect you with a chemical hair straightener lawyer who will be able to guide you through the next steps. You don’t have to figure this out on your own–we’re here to help.

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