Hair Relaxer Lawsuit

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LAWSUIT STATUS: New Cases Being Accepted

Women across the U.S. are filing hair relaxer lawsuits against the makers of Dark & Lovely, Just for Me and other popular products, claiming the manufacturers failed to warn about the cancer side effects linked to toxic chemicals used in hair straightener and relaxer products.

Hair relaxer lawsuit settlements may be available for women diagnosed with:

  • Uterine Cancer
  • Endometrial Cancer
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Uterine Fibroids (resulting in hysterectomy or myomectomy)

Hair relaxer lawsuits are being pursued against the manufacturers of;

  • Dark & Lovely
  • Just for Me
  • Optimum Care
  • African Pride
  • Soft & Beautiful
  • Motions
  • TCB Naturals
  • ORS Olive Oil
  • Dream Kids
  • Other Hair Perm Relaxers

Hair Relaxer Cancer Lawsuit Overview

Chemical hair relaxer and hair perm kids have been marketed by a number of different companies, primarily for use by African American women.

However, lawsuits allege that manufacturers failed to disclose the potential side effects of several toxic chemicals in hair relaxers, which may increase the risk of uterine cancer, endometrial cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine fibroids and other injuries.

Who is Eligible for a Hair Relaxer Lawsuit Payout?

Financial compensation and settlement benefits may be available through a hair relaxer lawsuit for women who regularly used chemical hair relaxer or hair straightener, and were diagnosed with any of the following injuries:

  • Uterine Cancer
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Endometrial Cancer
  • Uterine Sarcoma
  • Uterine Fibroids

Claims are being pursued against the makers of various different hair perms and chemical straighteners, including:

  • Dark and Lovely Lawsuits
  • Just for Me Hair Relaxer Lawsuits
  • Optimum Care Relaxer Lawsuits
  • Soft and Beautiful Hair Perm Lawsuits
  • Motions Hair Relaxer Lawsuits
  • TCB Naturals Relaxer Creme Lawsuits
  • ORS Olive Oil (Organic Root Stimulator) Lawsuits
  • Dream Kids Olive Miracle Lawsuits
  • Other Relaxer and Hair Perm Products

Hair relaxer lawyers review all cancer lawsuits on a contingency fee basis, which means that there are no fees or expenses paid unless a settlement or lawsuit payout is received.

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Latest 2024 Hair Relaxer Lawsuit Updates

June 4, 2024 Update: The Hair Relaxer MDL, managed by Judge Mary M. Rowland, has seen a decrease of nearly 300 cases due to the exclusion of non-cancer related injuries, leaving a total of 8,170 pending cases. With the first bellwether trials slated for November 2025 and February 2026, efforts to streamline and manage the thousands of pending claims more efficiently have led to new filing and document management procedures.

May 21, 2024 Update: Lawyers for women involved in hair relaxer lawsuits filed a motion for leave to dismiss cases without prejudice on May 14, requesting Judge Rowland to allow claims that do not involve uterine, endometrial, or ovarian cancer to be dismissed without prejudice. If granted, this would enable these women to reopen their cases in the future if they are diagnosed with these cancers or other related health issues. Initially, there was uncertainty about which injuries would be covered under the multidistrict litigation, with some claims related to uterine fibroids (non-cancerous growths in the uterus) and various non-gynecological cancers. The attorneys argue that it is probable that some plaintiffs may later develop one of the specified cancers.

May 6, 2024 Update: The FDA has missed its April 2024 deadline to finalize a ban on formaldehyde in hair relaxers, which have been linked to an increased risk of ovarian and uterine cancer in recent years.

May 1, 2024 Update: In the latest docket report issued on May 1, 2024, the U.S. JPML stated an additional 81 hair relaxer lawsuits over ovarian cancer, uterine cancer and uterine fibroids side effects were added last month, bringing the total number of hair relaxer claims filed to 8,468.

April 2, 2024 Update: As the parties continue to work through selecting the initial pool of hair relaxer bellwether claims to go before juries, the JPML reported an additional 53 hair relaxer lawsuits have been added to the docket, bringing the total number of hair relaxer claims to 8,387.

March 5, 2024 Update: Prior to a case management conference scheduled for March 7, 2024, the parties filed a joint status report on March 1, providing several updates to the Court on the current state of the litigation and highlights various disagreements concerning the timeline and methodology for selecting representative claims for a series of future hair relaxer bellwether trials.

March 1, 2024 Update: The U.S. JPML issued an updated docket report (PDF) on March 1, 2024, stating there are currently at least 8,334 product liability lawsuits filed in the Hair Relaxer Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation, with most claims involving women who claim that they developed uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, fibroids or other injuries that were caused by exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals in Dark & Lovely, Just for Me, Optimum, ORS Olive Oil and other chemical hair straighteners.

February 5, 2024 Update: The manufacturers of Dark & Lovely, Just for Me, Optimum and other popular chemical straighteners filed a motion to dismiss hair relaxer class action lawsuits (PDF) on February 5, claiming that damages of economic harm are preempted by federal law. They also argue that plaintiffs have not filed sufficient claim of injury, and that they lack standing to file a nationwide class action. Even if the motion is successful, it will still leave the manufacturers facing thousands of individual hair relaxer injury lawsuits filed nationwide.

January 16, 2024 Update: On January 16, parties filed competing plans for early hair relaxer lawsuit bellwether trials, with plaintiffs arguing that the cases should be limited to endometrial cancer, ovarian cancer and uterine cancer cases, as those represent the majority of injury claims filed.

December 8, 2023 Update: After plaintiffs and manufacturers failed to submit a unified Hair Relaxer MDL Bellwether Protocol by the initial deadline of December 11, 2023, the parties filed a joint motion (PDF) on December 8, requesting an extension to submit separate proposals. In response, Judge Rowland granted the extension in a recent Notification of Docket Entry, establishing December 18, 2023, as the new deadline for each party to submit their individual Bellwether Protocols.

November 13, 2023 Update: Thousands of hair relaxer lawsuits have been cleared to move forward after Judge Rowland issued a memorandum opinion and order on November 13, which rejected efforts by the manufacturers to dismiss thousands of claims that toxic chemicals in the chemical straighteners caused women to develop uterine cancer, ovarian cancer and other injuries.

October 18, 2023 Update: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a proposed hair relaxer chemical ban, which would prohibit the use of formaldehyde and chemicals that release formaldehyde (FA), such as methylene glycol, from being used in hair relaxer products nationwide.

October 16, 2023 Update: According to an updated docket report issued by the U.S. JPML on October 16, there are now at least 5,996 hair relaxer cancer and injury claims filed in the federal hair relaxer MDL. The number of claims filed has substantially increased in recent months, with the JPML previously reporting 250 active cases in July 2023.

August 8, 2023 Update: A short form complaint has been approved in the MDL, which will allow new hair relaxer lawsuits to be filed using a streamlined form that identifies specific products and injuries involved in the case, and adopts specific provisions from a master complaint filed in the litigation. All plaintiffs will be required to submit a short form complaint, which will help the parties identify representative claims for early bellwether trials and guide the Court during pretrial proceedings.

July 7, 2023 Update: The manufacturers of Dark & Lovely, Just for Me, Optimum, ORS Olive Oil and other products joined together to file a motion to dismiss hair relaxer injury lawsuits early in the litigation, arguing that the Master Complaint fails to sufficiently identify specific products and formulations that caused each injury. The Court is not expected to decide whether it will even consider oral arguments until a status conference in August 2023. In the meantime, Judge Rowland rejected the bifurcated discovery proposal raised by the manufacturers last month, ordering the parties to move forward with “traditional” discovery.

June 8, 2023 Update: Following Judge Rowland’s acceptance of a Master complaint for hair relaxer lawsuits, allowing direct filing with the MDL court, the manufacturers began petitioning for bifurcated hair relaxer lawsuit discovery proceedings, which would focus on causation without allowing individual case circumstances to be considered.

March 6, 2023 Update: As a growing number of women file new hair relaxer lawsuits, Judge Rowland has appointed a group of 35 hair relaxer injury lawyers to serve in leadership positions in the MDL. These attorneys will take certain actions that benefit all women pursuing a claim, but each individual plaintiff will still maintain their own lawyer to establish the link between their injury and hair relaxer products, and negotiate any settlements.

February 7, 2023 Update: A federal hair relaxer and perm cancer lawsuit MDL has been established in the Northern District of Illinois, where coordinated discovery and pretrial proceedings for all claims brought throughout the federal court system will be overseen by U.S. District Judge Mary M. Rowland.

January 3, 2023 Update: The U.S. JPML is scheduled to hear oral arguments over the pending motion to consolidate all hair relaxer lawsuits during a hearing set for January 26, 2023, in Miami, Florida.

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Is There A Hair Relaxer Class Action Lawsuit?

Yes. While most women are pursuing their case as an individual Dark & Lovely lawsuit, Just for Me Lawsuit or other claim over cancer caused by the products, a number of different hair relaxer class action lawsuits have also been filed on behalf of all users, seeking medical monitoring and other damages associated with the manufacturers’ failure to disclose known information about the cancer risk from chemical straighteners.

Hair Relaxer MDL 3060

Given similar allegations raised in both individual and class action lawsuits over hair relaxers brought throughout the federal court system, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) decided to centralize all the claims before one judge in January 2023, establishing a federal hair relaxer MDL (multidistrict litigation #3060) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

U.S. District Judge Mary M. Rowland has been appointed to preside over the coordinated discovery and pretrial proceedings in the cases, where the entire litigation will be handled in a manner very similar to a hair relaxer class action lawsuit. However, after examining evidence linking hair relaxers and cancer generally, which will apply to each of the claims, it is expected that the court will establish separate tracks for hair relaxer injury lawsuits and class action claims.

As part of the coordinated management of the litigation, Judge Rowland will likely establish a bellwether process, where small groups of representative lawsuits involving different types of injuries or damages will go through case-specific discovery and be prepared for early trial dates, to help gauge how juries are likely to respond to certain evidence and testimony that will be repeated throughout the lawsuits.

However, if hair relaxer and perm cancer settlements are not reached during the MDL proceedings, each individual product liability case may later be remanded back to the U.S. District Court where it was originally filed for separate trials in the future.


Is There a Hair Relaxer Recall Over Cancer Side Effects?

In response to growing concerns about the risk of hair relaxers and cancer side effects, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed a hair relaxer formaldehyde ban in October 2023, which would prohibit the sale of hair relaxer products containing formaldehyde and other chemicals that have been linked to an increased risk of certain cancers.

According to the proposed rule, the FDA warned that certain hair relaxer products have been found to contain formaldehyde (FA) and other FA-releasing chemicals such as methylene glycol, which are often added to hair relaxers to enhance their hair smoothing and straightening capabilities.

Officials are now moving to ban hair relaxers containing formaldehyde and formaldehyde releasing chemicals, citing the use of such products can lead to variety of both short and long term side effects, including sensitization reactions, breathing problems, and an increased risk of certain cancers.

While the proposed rule must go through a public comment period for interested parties to submit comments supporting, opposing, or suggesting modifications, officials indicated the hair relaxer formaldehyde ban could go into effect by April 2024, which could lead to a series of hair relaxer recalls.


Real Hair Relaxer User Experiences

In recent years, a troubling correlation has emerged between the use of hair relaxers and serious health issues, including uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, and uterine fibroids, which have led many women to undergo hysterectomies and other significant surgical interventions.

As AboutLawsuits has covered these groundbreaking medical studies drawing a link between hair relaxer exposure and cancer, and the evolving litigation, consumers have turned to our platform to share their personal experiences, shedding light on the long term consequences of using chemical hair treatments that were never disclosed.

Judith: AboutLawsuits Commenter, July 15, 2023

“I used Dark and Lovely products for years, (relaxers and hair color) and went through Uterine cancer surgery in 2021.”

Linda: AboutLawsuits Commenter, November 5, 2022

“I was given a Dark and Lovely perm when I was taking Cosmetology … I had chemical burns and I’ll never forget that to this day. After that day I refused to use Dark and Lovely Products but found another product that I saw I liked after starting doing my own perm and that was Just For Me…. I used it up until I got Ovarian cancer in 2014. But I was diagnosed with Endometriosis in 1990.”

Delia: AboutLawsuits Commenter, October 28, 2022

“I used Olive Oil Normal Relaxer and, Dark and Lovely hair relaxer for over 30 years. I had uterine cancer I had a hysterectomy.”

Karla: AboutLawsuits Commenter, December 9, 2022

“I was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to have a bilateral mastectomy a year later my uterus shown some cancerous changes and fibroids and cysts all through my fallopian tubes and ovaries. I had to have a hysterectomy. I am still on medication for breast cancer and it is wreaking havoc on my body. I went natural. I used these products all my life. I permed my hair every month and also dyed every month. I wish I would have known.”

Canasta: AboutLawsuits Commenter, November 15, 2022

“I am 62 years old and in October of 2016 I was diagnosed with stage 2 ductal carcinoma. In January 2017 I had a lumpectomy and upon my 4 week follow up I was told that there was more cancer and that I needed a complete mastectomy of my left breast. I have used relaxing straightener of dark and lovely as well as hair dye.”

Chanda: AboutLawsuits Commenter, February 2, 2023

“I have used these products before growing up and as an adult. I was diagnosed with early stages of ovarian cancer and currently have been diagnosed with endometriosis.”

Willie: AboutLawsuits Commenter, November 17, 2022

“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.”

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Studies Linking Hair Relaxer and Cancer

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

Some of the studies and evidence suggesting that side effects of chemical hair relaxers cause cancer include:

December 2023: Hair Relaxer May Increase Uterine Cancer Risk by 70% Among Users – In a study published in the medical journal Environmental Research, researchers from Boston University revealed that frequent exposure to chemicals found in hair relaxer products may increase the risk of uterine cancer in Black women by up to 70%, providing strong evidence of a dose-response causal connection.

The study analyzed data on nearly 45,000 women from 1997 through 2019, all of whom self-identified as Black. During this period, researchers compared the prevalence of uterine cancer between women who reported regular or prolonged use of hair relaxers and those who infrequently or never used these products.

Researchers identified a significant association between the use of hair relaxers and uterine cancer in postmenopausal Black women, finding;

  • Moderate hair relaxer use was linked to a 60% increased uterine cancer risk.
  • Heavy hair relaxers use was linked to a 64% increased uterine cancer risk.
  • Prolonged use of hair relaxers for 20 years or more, irrespective of frequency, increased uterine cancer risk by more than 70%.

October 2022: Hair Relaxer May Increase Uterine Cancer Risk for Women – Researchers with the National Institute of Environmental Health published findings in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, warning that ingredients in popular hair relaxers may cause uterine cancer, as they contain endocrine-disrupting and carcinogenic chemicals.

The study involved a review of data on nearly 34,000 women between the ages of 35 and 74, including a 10 year follow up on the incidence rate of uterine cancer diagnosed. Researchers found an increased risk of uterine cancer among hair relaxer users compared to any other hair products involved in the study, as well as compared to women who used no hair straightener products.

  • 4% of women frequently using hair straightener chemical products developed uterine cancer
  • 1.6% of women who never used a hair relaxer product developed uterine cancer

December 2021: Hair Relaxer May Double Ovarian Cancer Risks: In 2021, a study was published in Carcinogenesis, suggesting a strong link between the use of hair relaxer and ovarian cancer. Data from more than 40,000 participants enrolled in the National Institute of Health’s Sister Study revealed women using hair relaxers four or more times annually have almost twice the risk of developing ovarian cancer compared to never-use study participants.

Specifically, the study revealed hair relaxer use was associated with a risk of non-serous ovarian tumors, which grow on the ovary’s outer layer of tissue.

December 2019: Chemical Hair Relaxer May Increase Breast Cancer Risk: Data collected from the “Sister Study”, which involved an examination of the breast cancer risk among 50,000 participants, found that women who used chemical hair relaxers frequently faced a 30% increased risk of breast cancer. The findings were published in the International Journal of Cancer (IJC).

June 2017: Study Linking Hair Relaxer Chemicals and Breast Cancer: Researchers from Rutgers Cancer Institute published findings in the medical journal Carcinogenesis, which identified a relationship between use of hair relaxer and breast cancer among African American women.

January 2012: Study Links Regular Hair Relaxer Use to Uterine Fibroid Risks: According to a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology in 2012, researchers found the rate of uterine fibroid diagnosis among women using relaxers increased based on the number of annual hair relaxer treatments, number of years using hair relaxes and the number of scalp burns from hair relaxers.

Researchers identified that women who reported using any hair relaxer product of hair perm kit were 1.17x more at risk of developing uterine fibroids when compared to those never using the products.

Examples of Hair Relaxer Lawsuits

Lawsuit Against Hair Relaxer Manufacturers Alleges Black Women Targeted: Erika Williams filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on February 23, 2023, claiming hair relaxer manufacturers such as L’Oreal, Softsheen-Carson, Inc. and others targeted black women with false advertisements that hair relaxers were safe for use. Williams states she developed uterine cancer as a direct result of her regular and prolonged use of hair relaxers containing undisclosed endocrine disrupting chemicals.

Hair Relaxer Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit: Tamara Sigars filed a lawsuit against several hair relaxer manufacturers on January 11, 2023, claiming the toxic chemicals used in Dark & Lovely, Optimum, Motions and other hair straightening products caused her to develop ovarian cancer. Sigars claims that as a result of the manufacturers failure to warn about cancer risks from hair relaxer use, she developed ovarian cancer that required her to undergo a hysterectomy and numerous rounds of chemotherapy.

Dark & Lovely Endometrial Cancer Lawsuit: Ladonna Mahaffey filed a hair relaxer cancer lawsuit against L’Oreal and Softsheen-Carson, Inc. on December 12, 2022, claiming she developed endometriosis and endometrial cancer from routine exposure to phthalates and other endocrine disrupting chemicals in Dark & Lovely products. As a result of the conditions, Mahaffey states she required a full and complete hysterectomy at the age of 36.

Dark & Lovely Class Action Lawsuit:  A group of women have filed a Dark & Lovely class action lawsuit against L’Oreal USA and Softsheen-Carson, Inc., indicating they purchased Dark & Lovely hair relaxer, unaware that it contained toxic endocrine disrupting chemicals. While none of the plaintiffs indicate they have been diagnosed with a specific injury, they claim that the manufacturer should be forced to remove the adulterated products from the market and required to pay for medical monitoring of class members.

Hair Relaxer Medical Monitoring Lawsuit: A hair relaxer medical monitoring lawsuit was filed by several plaintiff’s in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on November 17, 2022. The lawsuit calls for L’Oreal and Softsheen-Carson, Inc. to pay for medical monitoring of women who used Dark & Lovely hair relaxers who may now face an increased risk of uterine cancer, fibroids and other injuries from exposure to the toxic chemicals.

Hair Relaxer Uterine Cancer Lawsuit: Following use of Dark & Lovely, Just for Me and Cantu Shea Butter Relaxer over a period of nearly three decades, Timika Smith indicated that she was diagnosed with uterine cancer and endomedtriosis, according to a lawsuit filed on November 2, 2022. Smith outlined a number of studies linking chemicals in hair relaxer and uterine cancer, indicating that the manufacturers targeted Black women.

Hair Relaxer Uterine Fibroid Lawsuit: Mahogany Lee filed a lawsuit over uterine fibroids from hair relaxer products on October 27, 2022, indicating that she had to undergo a hysterectomy following development of uterine fibroids when she was 29 years old, leaving her unable to have children.

Hair Relaxer Uterine Fibroid Myomectomy Lawsuit: The lawsuit was filed by KeAira Gamble in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia on October 26, indicating she developed uterine fibroids from hair relaxer use, resulting in the need for a myomectomy. Gamble states she regularly used hair relaxer products for 18 years without knowledge of the hormone disrupting chemicals within them, which she claims has also contributed to her development of endometriosis.

Hair Relaxer Cancer Lawsuit: Jennifer Mitchell filed one of the first complaints over the link between hair relaxer and cancer on October 21, 2022, alleging that regular use of Dark & Lovely, Motions and Organic Root Stimulator (ORS) Olive Oil hair relaxer caused uterine cancer to develop when she was 28 years old. As a result, Mitchell had to undergo a full hysterectomy in September 2019 and has been left unable to have children and suffering from pain and emotional distress.


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46 Comments

  • CharlotteJanuary 13, 2024 at 5:51 pm

    I had to have hysterectomy because of the uterus fibroids. It was horrible although it was in 1990 I still sell for from the fact that I could’ve had more kiss it one day also due to permanent relaxers. It doesn’t mix with having chemotherapy with a disease that I have is that I can share right now, but this is a trauma trigger for me.

  • IrisJanuary 5, 2024 at 12:57 am

    OMG!!!! Just sitting here thinking about this was the reason I was having so much pain when I had my monthly cycle every month bleeding so heavy iron low cold all the time feeling so bad didn't know why my regular cycle was so bad having so much pain I couldn't explain to anyone how the pain I felt ,then in 2020 I had to have surgery because I found out I had fibroid tumors three the size of a lem[Show More]OMG!!!! Just sitting here thinking about this was the reason I was having so much pain when I had my monthly cycle every month bleeding so heavy iron low cold all the time feeling so bad didn't know why my regular cycle was so bad having so much pain I couldn't explain to anyone how the pain I felt ,then in 2020 I had to have surgery because I found out I had fibroid tumors three the size of a lemon and one big one the size of a grapefruit I was devastated all I could do was cry now all this adds up all these chemicals it's not good for us sitting here all I could do is cry I remember my mom putting a relaxer in my hair and my two sisters hair it burnt so bad , I had been using perms dark n lovely , over 15 years, now all of this is making sense to me ,why I got the fibroids and had to have surgery why my iron always was low and having a bad cycle every month.

  • Myriam BNovember 19, 2023 at 3:12 am

    As a teenager from 1988 until 2002 I used Dark and Lovely relaxers to straighten my hair. In 2004, after confiding in doctor about painful, heavy periods where I would pass blood clots and discomfort during sex I was examined and diagnosed with uterine fibroids. I was advised to undergo surgery to remove them. However because I was young and hadn't had children yet I was afraid of how it would a[Show More]As a teenager from 1988 until 2002 I used Dark and Lovely relaxers to straighten my hair. In 2004, after confiding in doctor about painful, heavy periods where I would pass blood clots and discomfort during sex I was examined and diagnosed with uterine fibroids. I was advised to undergo surgery to remove them. However because I was young and hadn't had children yet I was afraid of how it would affected my overall quality of life. I became pregnant in fall of 2007. My doctor closely monitored my pregnancy to assute that the fibroids wouldn't have an effect on my baby. In May of 2008 I went into preterm labor; because I was placenta previa, my child was breech, and the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck I delivered my son through c-section. The 1st 4 months of my child's life was spent in NICU. The traumatic experience deterred me from having anymore children. I still have the fibroids and the doctor suggested a hysterectomy, but the thought of altering how God made me is daunting.

  • AsiaNovember 15, 2023 at 1:20 am

    I started getting my hair relaxed at the young age of 7 years old. I began having gynecological issues at 18 yrs old, I am now 34. I experienced permanent hair loss. I have had a D&C due to endometrial hyperplasia. I have never experienced having a regular cycle. I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and recently underwent laparoscopic surgery to have right ovary excision. A simple disclaimer of pot[Show More]I started getting my hair relaxed at the young age of 7 years old. I began having gynecological issues at 18 yrs old, I am now 34. I experienced permanent hair loss. I have had a D&C due to endometrial hyperplasia. I have never experienced having a regular cycle. I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and recently underwent laparoscopic surgery to have right ovary excision. A simple disclaimer of potential hazard may’ve prevented a lifetime of agony.

  • AlishaNovember 2, 2023 at 5:59 am

    Endomitriosis & Cyst Removal Surgercial Procedure In 1998 & DNC Procedure In 2016. Now Suffering From Fibroids Without Health Insurance.

  • LatoyaOctober 29, 2023 at 6:07 pm

    I HAVE ENDOMETRIOSIS CANCER, BAD PERIODS,IRREGULAR PERIODS, BEEN TRYING TO HAVE A CHILD FOR 2 YEARS NOW AND ATILL HAVEN’T GOTTEN PREGNANT 🥺. THIS IS A NIGHTMARE‼️

  • SusanOctober 24, 2023 at 2:02 pm

    I was diagnosed with Endometriosis i have painful periods. I have had surgery a year ago and now using mirna IUD to see if that will take the pain away. If this doesn't work I will be having surgery again I have used alot of hair relaxers

  • GwenOctober 22, 2023 at 10:19 am

    I had fibroids and had to endure painful annual exams, extremely long periods like I wouldn’t stop bleeding. It’s amazing to find that my problem was linked to something we used to aid us in employment to support our family because we had to look a certain way to be employed.

  • Gloria washingtonMay 3, 2023 at 4:58 pm

    I used hair relaxers just for me olive oil Had historectmy from fibroids Developed dark lumps on side of hair Scalp

  • JoyceApril 6, 2023 at 1:20 am

    I had surgery, and used several hair relaxers. I lost a lot of hair. I had a cyst removed from one of my breasts and has cysts and tumors in my uterus, causing me to have a partial hysterectomy, with the extractions of both fallopian tubes and an ovary. I had menstrual cycles that lasted three-five weeks. The menses would cease for a couple of days and start back. Because of the heavy blood-cl[Show More]I had surgery, and used several hair relaxers. I lost a lot of hair. I had a cyst removed from one of my breasts and has cysts and tumors in my uterus, causing me to have a partial hysterectomy, with the extractions of both fallopian tubes and an ovary. I had menstrual cycles that lasted three-five weeks. The menses would cease for a couple of days and start back. Because of the heavy blood-clotting and flow, every day, I wore new-born baby pampers for sanitary pads. At this time I still have cysts in my uterus. My navel was also surgically, removed doing the surgeries. I had D&C's done also to try and stop the bleeding.

  • DianeMarch 12, 2023 at 7:59 pm

    I going through testing,I was diagnosed with Unterine Cancer, crying and hard to believe , loser hair my sister asked if I was losing hair was too afraid to tell her yes I've been very depressed over this, I will be getting more testing in 2 weeks , been praying all is well I have two sons to take care of tdisabled, don't know how I'm going to break this down to them , waiting until Texas is done

  • CarolineFebruary 26, 2023 at 3:52 pm

    Been relaxing for about 20 years had to get a hysterectomy at the time was using Dark an Lovely Revlon L'Oreal an TCB devastating results upon using these chemicals!

  • ToyaFebruary 17, 2023 at 9:10 pm

    My hair was first treated at age 11 with TCB,and later on switched to dark and lovely,motions and ORS. I was diagnosed with fibroids January of 2019 the pain and heavy flow was so unbearable.During my cycle it was hard to walk because I have several fibroids.However there were several options of surgery,I decided to undergo Robotic myomectomy to remove the largest tumor that was pressing against m[Show More]My hair was first treated at age 11 with TCB,and later on switched to dark and lovely,motions and ORS. I was diagnosed with fibroids January of 2019 the pain and heavy flow was so unbearable.During my cycle it was hard to walk because I have several fibroids.However there were several options of surgery,I decided to undergo Robotic myomectomy to remove the largest tumor that was pressing against my uterus, instead of undergoing a regular myomectomy because I’ll Still like to have kids. Currently still taking iron supplements due to low iron from heavy bleeding. Currently still experiencing heavy flow because I still have fibroids.

  • MalindaJanuary 19, 2023 at 6:35 am

    I am a Caucasian female age 55. I started using hair color at age 14 and on occasion (since my hair is naturally curly) have used such products to chemically straighten my hair up until around age 21, had no idea of the hazards or damage that it would cause. At age 26 I was diagnosed with fibroids urine tumors and underwent a partial hysterectomy removing my uterus and partial ovaries. Was never p[Show More]I am a Caucasian female age 55. I started using hair color at age 14 and on occasion (since my hair is naturally curly) have used such products to chemically straighten my hair up until around age 21, had no idea of the hazards or damage that it would cause. At age 26 I was diagnosed with fibroids urine tumors and underwent a partial hysterectomy removing my uterus and partial ovaries. Was never placed on any kind of hormone therapy. Digressed depression has been a part of my life for the past 29 years. Thank God my daughter was born just 3 years before my diagnosis.

  • NicoleJanuary 12, 2023 at 11:53 am

    I had relaxers about every 2-3 months since I was a child. At the age of 38 I had to have a hysterectomy due to two large fibroid tumors. I have no kids.

  • CynthiaJanuary 11, 2023 at 9:16 pm

    Thank you

  • IvoryDecember 28, 2022 at 2:29 am

    I’ve been getting my hair relaxed since I was 12, I am now 38. I first started having heavy periods around 18 with blood clots and heavy bleeding. I was diagnosed with Endemetriosis in 2016 and I suffer from fibroids and cysts. Had laparoscopy done in 2016 but doctor couldn’t remove all of fibroids and endo. My life has been miserable for the last couple of years due to the agonizing pain the endo[Show More]I’ve been getting my hair relaxed since I was 12, I am now 38. I first started having heavy periods around 18 with blood clots and heavy bleeding. I was diagnosed with Endemetriosis in 2016 and I suffer from fibroids and cysts. Had laparoscopy done in 2016 but doctor couldn’t remove all of fibroids and endo. My life has been miserable for the last couple of years due to the agonizing pain the endo causes and also not being able to have children. I wish I would have known then that using hair relaxers would be detrimental to my health but something needs too be done because these companies can’t get getting away with this.

  • YvonneDecember 26, 2022 at 8:32 pm

    I started using relaxers when I was 12 years old. Through the years; I have used Dark & Lovely, Cream of Nature, ORS Olive Oil, Motions, African pride and other relaxers. In 1994, I had to have a partial hysterectomy after suffering pain and heavy menstrual cycles from uterine fibroids. About five or six years ago I decided to go natural after years of putting relaxers in my hair every six we[Show More]I started using relaxers when I was 12 years old. Through the years; I have used Dark & Lovely, Cream of Nature, ORS Olive Oil, Motions, African pride and other relaxers. In 1994, I had to have a partial hysterectomy after suffering pain and heavy menstrual cycles from uterine fibroids. About five or six years ago I decided to go natural after years of putting relaxers in my hair every six weeks. This went on for about 48 years.

  • AletheaDecember 19, 2022 at 11:41 am

    I got my first relaxer on my 12th birthday. I stopped using them in my my mid 20’s because I kept having bad reactions. My last relaxer actually caused my hair to fall apart. In 2019 I had a partial hysterectomy due to fibroids the day after my birthday. How ironic is that?

  • WendyDecember 18, 2022 at 7:49 am

    I have used Dark & Lovely and Motions for years. I started having heavy periods with blood clots going through pads in 20 minute intervals. After sitting then standing the blood would run like a faucet. It was detrmined that I had large uterine fibroids. Surgery was scheduled I had to go through 10 days of Iron Infusion prior to the surgery because of the blood loss my iron was very low. Surg[Show More]I have used Dark & Lovely and Motions for years. I started having heavy periods with blood clots going through pads in 20 minute intervals. After sitting then standing the blood would run like a faucet. It was detrmined that I had large uterine fibroids. Surgery was scheduled I had to go through 10 days of Iron Infusion prior to the surgery because of the blood loss my iron was very low. Surgeons attempted to remove the fibroids but had to stop because it was determined there was a large cluster unforeseen. I had to go through another surgery. I had to undergo a full hysterectomy.

  • LoreneDecember 17, 2022 at 9:41 pm

    I am now 62 years old. I started getting perms in the 70s. I have used Dark and lovely; Cream of nature ;Optimum and Just for me for years. I started having heavy menses and passing blot clots. I was diagnosed with a fibroid tumor the size of a grapefruit. I had an hysterectomy in 1993 due to them findings cells . I was 32 years old.

  • DeniseDecember 16, 2022 at 11:12 am

    I began using relaxers in 1974. 1983 diagnosed with endometriosis. Was told I probably won't have children. 1985 had a son. 1986 ectopic pregnancy cut right tube. Had a son 1994. All c-sections. 2006 emergency surgery for hysterectomy , large fibroid covered my uterus. 10 days later, was admitted to ICU with MRSA and a Stent was put in the urethra. I had know idea relaxers caused so much troubl[Show More]I began using relaxers in 1974. 1983 diagnosed with endometriosis. Was told I probably won't have children. 1985 had a son. 1986 ectopic pregnancy cut right tube. Had a son 1994. All c-sections. 2006 emergency surgery for hysterectomy , large fibroid covered my uterus. 10 days later, was admitted to ICU with MRSA and a Stent was put in the urethra. I had know idea relaxers caused so much trouble

  • JamieDecember 16, 2022 at 5:20 am

    I've used dark and lovely, motions, optimum, cream of nature and so many others since I was 10 or 11 years I. I've suffered for years from extremely heavy periods which I thought were normal. I ultimately developed fibriods which required surgery. I also had to undergo 3 DNC's and get a blood transfusion and several iron transfusion all due to severe menstral bleeding. I had surgery 2 years ag[Show More]I've used dark and lovely, motions, optimum, cream of nature and so many others since I was 10 or 11 years I. I've suffered for years from extremely heavy periods which I thought were normal. I ultimately developed fibriods which required surgery. I also had to undergo 3 DNC's and get a blood transfusion and several iron transfusion all due to severe menstral bleeding. I had surgery 2 years ago.

  • UrsulaDecember 13, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    I have used Dark & Lovely for over 35 yrs, I am suffering from heavy menses and I believe it has led to me developing uterine fibroids & myomectomy. I have fibroid that has developed since my surgery & infertility issues.

  • AureliusDecember 13, 2022 at 11:50 am

    I am 62 now, my mother first permed my hair in 1972 and I continued until 1998. I began to bleed and finally after almost a yr. I was passing clots. It was horrible when I was finally diagnosed with fibroid tumors, they said hysterectomy was the only way to stop the bleeding. At 29 they took my uterine whi h prevented me from having anymore children. Dont know how or where they came from.

  • MarcieDecember 9, 2022 at 10:32 am

    I’ve been getting relaxers since childhood until 2016. Had a hysterectomy in 2011 due to large fibroid tumor. I was 38 with no kids.

  • DenishaDecember 9, 2022 at 12:04 am

    I am 48 years old I had my first relaxer when I was about 6 years old it was a just for me perm. After that I continue to use different perms and relaxers I was diagnosed with fibroids in 2017 and also in 2017 within the same couple of days I had a hysterectomy they took everything except for my orders I am so sad because I wake up sweating I wake up hot one minute I'm cold I got to open a window [Show More]I am 48 years old I had my first relaxer when I was about 6 years old it was a just for me perm. After that I continue to use different perms and relaxers I was diagnosed with fibroids in 2017 and also in 2017 within the same couple of days I had a hysterectomy they took everything except for my orders I am so sad because I wake up sweating I wake up hot one minute I'm cold I got to open a window I got to turn on the heat this is a very miserable thing that I'm going through due to trying to stay beautiful and not be my natural self.

  • DonnettaNovember 28, 2022 at 7:39 am

    I used relaxers from 1985 to 2013 (stopped due to hair loss) I had a hysterectomy in 2012 due to fibroid.

  • DianeNovember 27, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    I was diagnosed with endometriosis after going through so many painful periods from my teens, until I had to undergo surgery (complete hysterectomy, and appendix removal); due to an abscess that my physician said was as big and hard as a softball in September 1986 at age 29. By that time, I had 2 laparoscopies, had been on danocrine to stop my menstruation twice, and had been hospitalized 7 times[Show More]I was diagnosed with endometriosis after going through so many painful periods from my teens, until I had to undergo surgery (complete hysterectomy, and appendix removal); due to an abscess that my physician said was as big and hard as a softball in September 1986 at age 29. By that time, I had 2 laparoscopies, had been on danocrine to stop my menstruation twice, and had been hospitalized 7 times. I never thought that using "Dark and Lovely"; (also used other relaxers); could cause these problems. My edges have also remained thin. I was on premarin (17 years until taken off due to cancer link-my mother died one year, one month, after my surgery of metastatic breast cancer; and provera (10 years).

  • KenyaNovember 27, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    I’m currently waiting on a surgery date to have the hysterectomy .😫😫35 no kids😭😭

  • GwendolynNovember 25, 2022 at 11:41 pm

    I HAD TOO HAVE A HYSTORECTOMY BECAUSE OF FIBOIDS BEEN USING THESE PERMS SINCE I WAS ABOUT MAYBE 9 OR 10...

  • LorethaNovember 25, 2022 at 1:02 am

    I had my first relaxer at the age of 15 and had been relaxing my hair for 20 years. Ive suffered with cyst and fibroids starting from the age of 20 all the way into my 30's with fibroids, endometrius and eventually breast cancer at the age of 37. I've had over 20 surgeries in my lifetime, starting at the age of 20 when I was diagnosed with cyst and fibroids.. I've had an laporatomy, myomectomy, a[Show More]I had my first relaxer at the age of 15 and had been relaxing my hair for 20 years. Ive suffered with cyst and fibroids starting from the age of 20 all the way into my 30's with fibroids, endometrius and eventually breast cancer at the age of 37. I've had over 20 surgeries in my lifetime, starting at the age of 20 when I was diagnosed with cyst and fibroids.. I've had an laporatomy, myomectomy, and eventually a hysterectomy at 35 years old. If i'd known that these products would have resulted in all my health issues, I would have never used them

  • DewonnaNovember 21, 2022 at 11:54 pm

    I had fibroid tumors a tumor big as a 26 week pregnant woman with 10 plus all around in my stomach. I have to have a hysterectomy went for the partial thinking that I would not go into menopause so soon versus waking up in recovery in menopause. Well that only went on a year now here I am miserable in menopause, all because of a chemical I put on my hair that did have health warnings. My edges wil[Show More]I had fibroid tumors a tumor big as a 26 week pregnant woman with 10 plus all around in my stomach. I have to have a hysterectomy went for the partial thinking that I would not go into menopause so soon versus waking up in recovery in menopause. Well that only went on a year now here I am miserable in menopause, all because of a chemical I put on my hair that did have health warnings. My edges will not grow back to save my life. This is so sad, and depressing.

  • Brenda KNovember 16, 2022 at 10:37 pm

    Had very bad fibroid, heavy bleeding.

  • NacoleNovember 15, 2022 at 10:51 pm

    Ive been getting perms for over 30 years. Just had a total hysterectomy Feb of this year.

  • SummerNovember 15, 2022 at 11:19 am

    Two doctors told me I couldn't have anymore children and both recommended I get a hysterectomy. I wanted to keep all my parts God designed me to have so I refused the hysterectomy and instead had uterine fibroids removed by laser in 2009. My menstrual cycles remained heavy, and the fibroids came back. It was only after I did the big chop and stopped relaxing my hair, that I noticed abdominal cramp[Show More]Two doctors told me I couldn't have anymore children and both recommended I get a hysterectomy. I wanted to keep all my parts God designed me to have so I refused the hysterectomy and instead had uterine fibroids removed by laser in 2009. My menstrual cycles remained heavy, and the fibroids came back. It was only after I did the big chop and stopped relaxing my hair, that I noticed abdominal cramping and bleeding improve. I can hardly get through the work day and have been dealing with anemia. I'm still dealing with all the pains of uterine fibroids now, intermittent spotting, extreme cramping, and additional expenses of running through overnight pads for daytime wear etc., until I can get another surgery to remove these uterine fibroids.

  • MichelleNovember 14, 2022 at 11:13 am

    Used relaxers from 1986 -2007 had endometriosis and uterine fibroids had a partial hysterectomy in 2011 due to uterine fibroids!

  • ChantelNovember 12, 2022 at 2:54 pm

    Always used hair relaxers from a little girl. I'm 56 and just stopped breast cancer treatments. Diagnosed in 2021 last scan showed no cancer.

  • EthelNovember 11, 2022 at 9:40 pm

    I used hair relaxers for over 10 years. In 2020, I was dx with breast cancer. I had an lumpectomy and radiation. I also had genetic testing. This is upsetting.

  • MichelleNovember 7, 2022 at 11:00 am

    I was diagnosed with cervical cancer.

  • TamykaNovember 7, 2022 at 3:10 am

    I used relaxers from age 8 thru age 36 or 37 I ultimately had a total hysterectomy at age 38 due to fibroid cysts.

  • LinderNovember 6, 2022 at 2:45 pm

    In 1984 I suffered from Uterine Fibroid. I had to have a Hysterectomy due to the fibroids. I had been using relaxers since 1966. In 1995 had to stop using relaxer due to bad hair loss. I still to this day experience hair loss. Can someone help me.

  • DarleneNovember 6, 2022 at 10:54 am

    Wow I've been using Dark and lovely for over 30 years and putting it on my daughter's hair also thinking nothing of it all I no is it straightened our hair but in 20007 I had Breast cancer had to have them removed I asked my doctor at that time was it from smoking he said No didn't really no he was asking me did I take hormone pills never I replied, I would hate to think that a hair pr[Show More]Wow I've been using Dark and lovely for over 30 years and putting it on my daughter's hair also thinking nothing of it all I no is it straightened our hair but in 20007 I had Breast cancer had to have them removed I asked my doctor at that time was it from smoking he said No didn't really no he was asking me did I take hormone pills never I replied, I would hate to think that a hair product I've love to use did this to me I've been using dark and lovely sense the 90s this can't be true 🙏🏾

  • RhoneeOctober 31, 2022 at 11:11 pm

    I was pregnant and had to go to the hospital because I was spotting found out that my baby was not growing due to a fibroid tumor I lost the baby and also had to have a hysterectomy due to the fibroid was so big they had to remove my uterus

  • ShonnilaOctober 31, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    I was diagnosed with breast cancer March 2019 . Got a lumpectomy and a genetic test and it came back negative . A year later at the end of 2020 my cancer came back and had to end up getting my right breast removed . I’ve used Relaxers all my life. If this was a contributor I want just. The emotional and physical state I’m in is priceless but if I can stop another woman from buying relaxers and obt[Show More]I was diagnosed with breast cancer March 2019 . Got a lumpectomy and a genetic test and it came back negative . A year later at the end of 2020 my cancer came back and had to end up getting my right breast removed . I’ve used Relaxers all my life. If this was a contributor I want just. The emotional and physical state I’m in is priceless but if I can stop another woman from buying relaxers and obtaining cancer then that’s what I will do

  • OzieOctober 26, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    I had surgery

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