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Hair Straightener Injury Helpline

Chemicals in Hair Straightener/Relaxer Linked to Cancer & Other Diseases.

Do You Qualify for Compensation? Free Eligibility Check Below.


What is a Hair Straightener/Relaxer?

Hair straightener products are designed to remove curl and waves from the hair.  There are several methods for accomplishing this. Chemical hair relaxers are designed to change the structure of the hair. As may seem apparent, this can cause damage to the hair, and many hair professionals recommend using specialized hair products on hair that has been straightened to avoid hurting it too much.


Early on, relaxers were made of Sodium Hydroxide also known as Lye. As the chemical is too strong for many people’s hair, no-lye relaxers evolved. Both type of relaxers are equally popular though lye relaxers are generally reserved for professional use. No Lye relaxers are typically made of ingredients such as calcium hydroxide, ammonium hydroxide, guanidine carbonate, ammonium thio etc. No Lye relaxers are milder then Lye relaxers, but can leave the hair brittle and dry due to the build-up of calcium. 


Most hair straightening creams keep hair straight for 3-4 months. But, it depends on your hair health and how often you wash your hair. If you constantly color or chemically treat your hair, the effects of the cream will be short-lived.


According to a study by the National Cancer Institute, chemical hair straighteners typically contain products that are known endocrine disrupters and can affect hormone-sensitive cancers. The products include parabens, bisphenol A, metals and formaldehyde, according to researchers in the NIH study. Chemical relaxers can cause lesions and burns on the scalp, making it easier for them to then be absorbed into the body, Dr. Madeliene Gainers, a board-certified dermatologist who was not involved in the study, told ABC News.


Injuries/conditions associated with chemical hair straighteners include: Uterine Cancer, Endometrial Cancer, Breast Cancer, and Uterine Fibroids (requiring surgery to remove), as well as myeloid leukemia and rare cancers of the nose and pharynx.


About the Lawsuit

If you developed cancer or other injury from the use of chemical hair straightener/relaxer, fill out the form above to find out of you are eligible for compensation. Qualifying is fast, easy and free.


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