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Suffered an Illness from a Hair Relaxer or Hair Straightener Product?

If you or a loved one sustained a life changing injury due to frequent and prolonged use of a hair relaxer product, let our attorneys review your case. You may be eligible for compensation.


At this time, we are NOT filing Fibroid cases. This may be reconsidered after more studies on the causation of Fibroids are released.

Hair Relaxer Lawsuits and Studies

Some hair straighteners and hair relaxers contain chemicals (like hormonally active agents) that can interfere with a person’s hormones due to their interaction with receptors or their signaling pathways. These endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) have been linked to several cancers, such as uterine and ovarian cancer. They have also been linked to tumors, birth defects and other developmental disorders. 

In a lawsuit filed against L’Oreal USA,  a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute was cited to show that those who use chemical hair straightening or relaxing products have a higher risk of uterine cancer.

“The study found that an estimated 1.64% of women who never used chemical hair straighteners or relaxers would go on to develop uterine cancer by the age of 70; but for frequent users, that risk more than doubles, increasing to 4.05%,” the suit says. “These risks are more substantial among Black women, who make up the overwhelming majority of hair straightening and hair relaxing product [users],” according to the lawsuit.

You can read more on our blog: Hair Straightener and Hair Relaxers are now being associated with different types of cancers. 


Common Hair Relaxer Products Used

L'Oreal Strength of Nature
Optimum Care
Just For Me
Dark & Lovely
Soft & Beautiful

If you or a loved one experienced a life altering injury due to using a hair relaxer or hair straightening product, you may be eligible to receive assistance with mounting medical bills. 

Chemicals Found in Some Hair Relaxers

Here is a list of potentially harmful chemicals found in common hair relaxers and hair straightening products:


  • Formaldehyde
    1. Commonly used as a preservative in some household products and cosmetics. Even when it’s not a listed ingredient, some products contain substances that release formaldehyde as a byproduct or gas. These types of substances have been found in cosmetics, soaps, shampoos, lotions and sunscreens.
  • Phthalates
    1. Commonly used to make plastics more durable or to help dissolve other materials.
  • Parabens
    1. Commonly used as preservatives in cosmetics. The main parabens used in these types of products are methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, and ethylparaben.
  • Methylene Glycol
    1. Typically formed when formaldehyde reacts to water. Under some circumstances, methylene glycol can release formaldehyde, as these molecules are reversible and can transform back and forth from each other.
  • Alkaline Agents
      1. Such as Potassium Hydroxide or Lithium Hydroxide, these chemicals are also known as lye. They are inorganic compounds that are potent bases used in various paints, varnish removers and liquid drain cleaners.

Do I Qualify?

When a product is discovered to cause severe health issues, the information is usually found out after hundreds of thousands of people have been impacted. When this happens, law firms like ours work to provide justice for those who were injured. Injuries sustained from prolonged use of hair relaxer and hair straightener products variety by individual. Our team will listen to your story and learn the details of your case. Here are some typical injuries we’ve seen from the clients we are currently helping:

  • Uterine Cancer
  • Ovarian Cancer


Based on current studies available, other injuries such as Fibroids and Breast Cancer are NOT being considered for filing. The reasoning behind Fibroids is due to the unknown causation of the illness. Hopefully, more studies will come out in the future for both Fibroids and Breast Cancer in order to better help those who are suffering these illnesses.

Update 1/9/2023

Due to Revlon filing a Chapter 11 bankruptcy back in June and subsequent filing issues from said action, we will not be filing cases for victims of Revlon products. Feel free to speak to our team if you are unsure if the product you used was affected. 

At Fleming, Nolen & Jez, our personal injury and mass tort lawyers have dedicated their careers to fighting for the rights of injured victims throughout the United States. We know that dealing with a traumatic injury is difficult to navigate through. We work on a contingency basis, so there are no upfront costs to worry about. Our team at Fleming, Nolen & Jez will focus on fighting those who caused the injury or suffering, while you or your loved one focuses on recovery.

Let Us Review Your Case

If you were affected by a hair relaxer or hair straightener product, please fill out the form below.


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