Chemicals used in hair straightening procedures have been linked to uterine cancer and other cancers. Our firm is looking into potential hair relaxer and straightener cases. These products have been associated with ovarian cancer, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, and pre-term birth, in addition to uterine cancer. If you used chemical hair straighteners or relaxers and later developed uterine cancer, you may be able to file a hair relaxer lawsuit.
Types of hair relaxers:
Let’s look at some of the types of hair relaxers:
Hair relaxers are available in a variety of strengths to accommodate various curl types. To dissolve disulfide bonds and straighten hair, ammonium thioglycolate relaxers, sometimes known as “Thio,” must have a pH of at least 10. They are simple to use and are followed by a neutralizer to restore the pH of the hair. Lye relaxers are made up of sodium hydroxide or caustic soda, as well as petroleum jelly, mineral oil, emulsifiers, and water.
Lye relaxers, which have a pH of 12-14, weaken hair connections without breaking them. Although no-lye relaxers with potassium or guanidine hydroxides are gentler on the scalp, they nevertheless cause hair damage. Both relaxers straighten hair permanently, but the treatment must be repeated as the hair grows. The use of relaxers on a regular basis can lead to health problems. To avoid burns or injuries when using lye-containing goods, use protective gloves.
What are the chemicals used?
Hair relaxers frequently contain phthalates, which are endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) that can disrupt the hormonal system and cause cancer and birth problems. Lye relaxers contain sodium hydroxide, which can cause burns to the eyes and skin, dermatitis, or chronic lung damage with continued inhalation. Relaxers are most likely to cause scalp harm, such as irritation or burns.
Ammonium thioglycolate can produce sensitivity dermatitis, which manifests as burning, itching, and rashes on the skin. Although formaldehyde can cause watery eyes, throat discomfort, coughing, and skin irritation, its long-term health effects are unknown. Hydrogen peroxide, hydroxyl compounds, and phosphoric acid are all possible ingredients in hair relaxers. Natural relaxer products containing cocoa butter, coconut oil, or olive oil are gentler than artificial relaxers.
You may be able to file a case if you suffered uterine cancer, breast cancer, or other associated disorders after using chemical hair relaxers. Contact an experienced chemical relaxer cancer lawyer to evaluate your case and discuss legal options.