Hair Relaxer Lawsuit Information and Updates

Chemicals in hair straighteners and relaxers may cause cancer, according to recent studies. Women nationwide are now pursuing hair relaxer lawsuit payouts against manufacturers. Learn about the latest lawsuit updates here.

  • Exposure to hair relaxer chemicals may cause uterine cancer, breast cancer and other injuries
  • One study found 3x greater risk of uterine cancer among women who received hair relaxer treatments, and another found 30% increased risk of breast cancer
  • Manufacturers now face hair relaxer lawsuits over failure to warn women about the cancer risks associated with exposure to toxic chemicals in products
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Hair Relaxer Cancer Lawsuit Overview

Chemical hair relaxer and hair straightener products have been marketed by a number of different companies, primarily to African American women. However, manufacturers failed to disclose the potential side effects of several toxic chemicals in hair relaxers, which may increase the risk of uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, breast cancer 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
  • Breast Cancer
  • Endometrial Cancer
  • Uterine Sarcoma
  • Uterine Fibroids
  • Endometriosis

Hair relaxer lawyers are reviewing 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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Hair Relaxer Lawsuits

Regular exposure to chemicals in hair relaxer may cause uterine cancer, breast cancer and other injuries. Women diagnosed with cancer may be eligible for settlement benefits.

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Latest Hair Relaxer Lawsuit Update

January 2023 Update: The U.S. JPML is scheduled to hear oral arguments over the consolidation of hair relaxer cancer lawsuits during a hearing set for January 26, 2023, in Miami, Florida.

December 2022 Update: L’Oréal and several other cosmetic manufacturers are opposing the creation of a hair relaxer MDL, but indicate that if the litigation is centralized it should be managed out of the Southern District of New York.

November 2022 Update: As the number of hair relaxer lawsuits being filed throughout the federal court system continues to grow, a group of plaintiffs filed a motion with the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML), requesting all hair relaxer lawsuits to be centralized in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois before one judge for coordinated pretrial proceedings.

October 2022 Update:Following the publication of a study in October 2022, some of the first hair relaxer cancer lawsuits were filed in the federal court system, presenting claims against manufacturers of some of the most widely used products, including:

  • Dark and Lovely
  • Optimum Care Relaxer
  • Soft and Beautiful
  • Motions Hair Relaxer
  • TCB Naturals Relaxer Creme
  • Just for Me Hair Relaxer
  • ORS Olive Oil (Organic Root Stimulator)

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 hair relaxers cause cancer include:

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 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 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.

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Examples of Hair Relaxer Lawsuits

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. 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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33 Comments

  • 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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