Lawsuit: Carcinogenic Chemicals in Hair Care Products

A  lawsuit has been filed against L’Oréal USA, Namaste Laboratories and three other personal care product companies for selling cancer-causing products.  More specifically, the lawsuit alleges the personal care giants sold hair relaxers/straighteners to the public knowing they had a risk of causing uterine cancer. * “The mass tort suit alleges that the plaintiff’s diagnosis of uterine cancer was the result of prolonged exposure to phthalates and other endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in these hair products. Phthalates are chemical compounds used in a variety of cosmetics and personal care products, which, the lawsuit says, could have “negative long-term impacts on the success of pregnancy, child growth and development, and reproductive systems in both young children and adolescents.” The lawsuit alleges the defendants violated state statutes and failed to protect consumers against “deceptive, fraudulent and unconscionable trade and business practices and false advertising by knowingly and falsely” selling harmful products. ” (source)

ALSO: Cantu Shea Butter Hair Relaxer Lawsuit

Cantu Shea Butter is one the more popular brands of hair relaxer and it is manufactured by PDC Brands. Hair relaxer lawsuits are being brought in all 50 states against PDC Brands and other companies who sell chemical relaxer products due to a new medical study that found the chemicals in hair relaxers or straighteners can cause uterine cancer and other hormone related conditions in women.

*Harmful Chemicals in Hair Relaxers: All hair relaxer or straightener products contain a large dose of very potent chemicals that are necessary to dismantle the protein structure of the hair follicles. The chemicals in hair relaxers include phthalates, parabens, bisphenol A (“BPA”) and diethanolamine. All of these chemical constituents are considered endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs).

The endocrine system produces hormones, such as estrogen in women. EDCs are chemicals that disrupt the normal functioning of the endocrine system, resulting in hormonal imbalances. Most of these harmful chemicals are not listed on the ingredients label for hair relaxer products, but lab testing and clinical studies have repeatedly found that these chemicals are in fact contained in relaxer products. (source)