Dark & Lovely Class Action Lawsuit Filed Over Uterine Cancer, Fibroid Risks from Hair Relaxer

Plaintiffs seek refunds and medical monitoring for women who bought and were exposed to Dark & Lovely hair relaxer chemicals

  • Chemicals in Dark & Lovely may cause uterine cancer, fibroids and other side effects
  • Class action lawsuit alleges Dark & Lovely manufacturers failed to disclose the risks
  • Plaintiffs seek medical monitoring and other damages
  • Manufacturers also face individual Dark & Lovely lawsuits brought by women diagnosed specific injuries caused by the hair relaxer
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Amid growing concerns of hair relaxers and uterine cancer, a group of women from Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey and Texas have filed a class action lawsuit over Dark & Lovely, indicating that manufacturers of the hair relaxer failed to disclose that toxic chemicals in Dark & Lovely may increase the risk of uterine cancer, fibroids and endometriosis.

Dark & Lovely is a widely used chemical hair straightener or relaxer, which has been marketed as safe and effective for Black women to use for decades. However, recent studies have found that products contain a number of toxic endocrine disrupting chemicals, which are known to pose a number of long-term side effects, which were never disclosed by the manufacturer.

The complaint (PDF) was brought by Evelyn Williams, Tabatha Taggart, Tameka M. Meadows, Deborah Taylor and Daphne Valentine in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on November 3, seeking class action status to pursue damages for themselves and similarly situated consumers.

Each of the women indicate that they purchased Dark & Lovely hair relaxer, unaware it may be adulterated with toxic endocrine disrupting chemicals, and maintain that they never would have paid for the product if they had been warned about the potential health risks. None of the plaintiffs indicate they have been diagnosed with a specific injury, but claim that the manufacturer should be required to pay for medical monitoring and other damages.

Chemicals in Dark & Lovely May Cause Cancer, Fibroids and Endometriosis

The Dark & Lovely class action lawsuit was filed against L’Oreal USA and Softsheen-Carson, Inc., who also face a growing number of similar hair relaxer lawsuits now being filed by women who have been diagnosed with uterine cancer, breast cancer, uterine fibroids, endometriosis and other injuries following regular use of the products. Similar claims have also been brought against the makers of competing products, including Just for Me, Optimum, Motions, Olive Oil Girls and other popular relaxers or perms.

In this new class action lawsuit over Dark & Lovely, plaintiffs indicate that the manufacturers have made false and misleading statements about the safety of hair relaxers, leading consumers to spend money on a product they would not have otherwise purchased. Many of the women have used the products for years, often starting when they were children.

“Hair products such as relaxers contain hormonally active and carcinogenic compounds, such as phthalates, known to cause endocrine disruption, are not listed separately as ingredients but, instead, are often broadly lumped into the ‘fragrance’ or ‘perfume’ categories,” the lawsuit states. “Relaxer habits usually begin in formative childhood years, and adolescence is likely a period of enhanced susceptibility to debilitating conditions resulting from exposure to these chemicals.”

The lawsuit seeks to establish a multi-state class action for any consumer who purchased any of the defendants’ hair straighteners or relaxers in the U.S. from May 25, 2017, to the present. In addition to medical monitoring, the Dark & Lovely lawsuit seeks a full refund of the purchase price consumers paid for the hair relaxer, and an injunction which would prevent the defendants from continuing to sell products which may be adulterated due to the presence of toxic chemicals.

Hair Relaxer Cancer Risks

In recent years, studies have been published that make a connection between use of hair relaxer and cancer, raising concerns about the wide spread use of the products by Black and other minority women throughout the U.S.

In October, researchers published findings in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, which warned that ingredients used in the chemical hair relaxers may cause uterine cancer. Researchers found that the rate of uterine cancer was nearly three times greater among women who frequently used hair relaxer chemicals, compared to women who never used the products.

A 2019 study published in the International Journal of Cancer (IJC) issued similar findings, indicating women who reported regularly using straighteners and permanent hair dyes were 9% more likely to develop breast cancer than non-users.

Over an eight year period, researchers identified 2,794 cases of breast cancer after chemical hair straighteners use. The study revealed those who frequently used hair straightener products were at a significantly increased risk of breast cancer, finding women using hair straighteners at least every five to eight weeks, had a 30% increased risk of developing breast cancer.

Researchers warned that African American women who reported using permanent hair dyes regularly were associated with a 60% increase of breast cancer diagnosis, compared to an 8% increased risk for Caucasian women.

Uterine fibroids and endometriosis have been associated with phthalate metabolites used in hair relaxers.

For women actually diagnosed uterine cancer, breast cancer or uterine fibroids, product liability lawyers are reviewing individual Dark & Lovely lawsuits to pursue settlement benefits for the actual medical damages and pain and suffering caused by the hair relaxers. Those claims will be handled separately from any potential class action lawsuits brought against the manufacturers, seeking refunds and medical monitoring.

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14 Comments

  • TamelaDecember 4, 2022 at 5:46 pm

    I have been using relaxers since I was in my early 20’s I was diagnosed with uterine fibroids and had surgery to remove them. Since I’ve had my surgery the fibroids have grown back could this be caused by the use of the hair relaxer?

  • MoniqueDecember 2, 2022 at 2:55 pm

    I have been using dark and lovely products and been diagnostic with cancer now.

  • DedrainDecember 1, 2022 at 10:07 am

    Endometriosis

  • FeliciaNovember 30, 2022 at 11:10 pm

    I have been usein dark and lovely every since I was a little girl I have always use perms just in April I was diagnosed with a mask on my uterus that was 18 centimeters they removed the mask and my whole uterus my right ovary, and my left tub I can not have any more kids

  • EdithNovember 26, 2022 at 12:47 am

    I had a hysterectomy because of heavy bleeding and endometriosis with fibroids and I’ve used dark and lovely perm’s since I was nineteen years old and I switched to ultra sheen products in 1996 , I also used the same products on my girls hair not knowing that they would develop the same condition.

  • M.November 24, 2022 at 1:13 am

    I began getting Dark and Lovely Products at 15 years old. I had horrible periods, heavy bleeding, cramping, and even fainting due to the loss of so much blood. In 2009, I suffered with uterine fibroids for over 2 1/2 years, my doctor advised hysterectomy due to the size of the fibroids.

  • LaJoyceNovember 22, 2022 at 9:31 pm

    I use dark and lovely products from the age of 11 up till now and I'm 50 the relaxer and the hair dye and in 2007 I had to have a hysterectomy because of fibroids

  • TramekaNovember 22, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    Yes I've been using those products also, I've had a perm since I was 15 years old, I went nautural at 46 years old, I've had fibroids for years,heavy bleeding , anemia and unfortunately had a miscarriage as well.

  • LisaNovember 18, 2022 at 10:40 pm

    I was diagnosed with fibroids, endometriosis in 2010 had heavy bleeding and had to get a hysterectomy in 2011. I regular got my hair dyed and use relaxer for years. It’s funny because I wondered why I was bleeding so heavy it was horrible. I was an anemic because of it that at one time I had to get my iron checked everyday. Because I had to wear pads and so many I would get an infection. I could [Show More]I was diagnosed with fibroids, endometriosis in 2010 had heavy bleeding and had to get a hysterectomy in 2011. I regular got my hair dyed and use relaxer for years. It’s funny because I wondered why I was bleeding so heavy it was horrible. I was an anemic because of it that at one time I had to get my iron checked everyday. Because I had to wear pads and so many I would get an infection. I could not go to church call our from work blood would go through my pants. I had to get a hysterectomy because my doctor said it would improve my life and I my new husband wanted me to have a child for him but we opted for the surgery because it was horrible.

  • SamanthaNovember 18, 2022 at 2:55 am

    I had been using Dark n Lovely since I was I was 12 yrs old and recently Decided to go natural at age 49.I am 51 now. I have been diagnosed with fibroids and endometriosis in 2015 maybe 2016 After terrible terrible pain heavy bleeding so bad that I couldn’t go anywhere because I’d bleed thru the heaviest, thickest of pads and mess up my clothes….headaches,rapid heartbeat and low blood ( in betwee[Show More]I had been using Dark n Lovely since I was I was 12 yrs old and recently Decided to go natural at age 49.I am 51 now. I have been diagnosed with fibroids and endometriosis in 2015 maybe 2016 After terrible terrible pain heavy bleeding so bad that I couldn’t go anywhere because I’d bleed thru the heaviest, thickest of pads and mess up my clothes….headaches,rapid heartbeat and low blood ( in between having my cycle ) sent me to the emergency room.I did a follow up to that visit with my primary care physician and she put me on Estrogen pills, and ibuprofen to control or stop the bleeding and pain.I haven’t typed about everything I have been through and am still goin through.Too bad the ingredients in Dark n Lovely is associated because they were Numero UNO when it came to relaxers.

  • WillieNovember 17, 2022 at 10:39 am

    Yes I have used dark and lovely since I've been in my early 20s and now I'm 54. I was diagnosed with uterus cancer at age 24 when I was living in Newark NJ from 1986 to 2003. The doctors was strapping my cervics every Thursday in each month. February 28 1997 the doctor said they caught it quick because I was young. So I thought that it was gone. But it came back when I was 32 years old I was havin[Show More]Yes I have used dark and lovely since I've been in my early 20s and now I'm 54. I was diagnosed with uterus cancer at age 24 when I was living in Newark NJ from 1986 to 2003. The doctors was strapping my cervics every Thursday in each month. February 28 1997 the doctor said they caught it quick because I was young. So I thought that it was gone. But it came back when I was 32 years old I was having problems with pain , bleeding, and clothing even when having sex... That went on for years with me having ultra sound done over and over and biopsy done. The doctors were giving me pills to keep from the cancer coming back. So when I got in my 50s it even was getting worse. I was bleeding even harder heavier and clots coming faster then ever. And the server pain was constantly... When I turned 54 that's when the doctors tried again giving me pills to stop the bleeding and clots. And to keep me from getting cancer. But it was nothing else for them to do other than having a hysterectomy..But she said she wasn't giving me no hysterotomy that I had to get a hysteroscopy.. That mean they was removing a tumor. Hysteroscopy Diagnostic procedure Hysteroscopy is the exam of the inside of the cervix and uterus using a thin, lighted, flexible tube called a hysteroscope. Your healthcare provider inserts the device through the vagina. Your provider may use hysteroscopy to: Take a tissue sample (biopsy) Remove polyps or fibroid tumors.

  • SherriNovember 17, 2022 at 10:28 am

    I used Dark and Lovely, I've got a mass of fibroids.

  • LiaNovember 16, 2022 at 2:40 am

    I myself have used Dark & Lovely products on my hair. I have not had any diagnosis of cancer however it doesn't exempt me from possible future diagnosis.

  • ENovember 12, 2022 at 9:15 pm

    I have used Dark and Lovely for myself, and Just for Me for my daughter. What should we do?

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