The use of hair care products, such as hair relaxers or chemical hair straighteners, has become more common as a method of hair care and styling for many women, especially those with naturally curly hair. In most cases, these substances break down disulfide bonds farther down the hair shaft.

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The use of hair care products, such as hair relaxers or chemical hair straighteners, has become more common as a method of hair care and styling for many women, especially those with naturally curly hair. In most cases, these substances break down disulfide bonds farther down the hair shaft.

Many modern women utilize hair relaxers to get sleeker and more manageable straight hair. However, hair dyes, harsh chemicals in hair perm, and even chemical hair relaxers have been connected to a number of unfavorable side effects, such as burns on the scalp, thinning hair, and even serious health conditions.

The connection between hair relaxers and cancer has been studied for quite some time. Although additional information is needed to determine whether it is a factor in certain health conditions, there is evidence that prolonged exposure to chemicals used in hair relaxers is linked to a variety of health issues, including uterine cancer risk, reproductive dysfunction such as uterine fibroids, endometriosis, endometrial cancer, and ovarian cancer.

In recent years, incidence rates have caused a significant number of women to file hair relaxer uterine cancer lawsuits and hair relaxer cancer lawsuits against chemical hair relaxer manufacturers, claiming that they were not provided with enough information regarding the risks associated with taking these hair products and treatments.


November 16th, 2023

Significant Milestone in Hair Relaxer Litigation with Focus on Ovarian Cancer Claims

A pivotal judicial decision on November 13, 2023, by U.S. District Judge Mary Rowland has marked a turning point in the sprawling litigation against cosmetic heavyweights such as L’Oréal and Revlon, centered on their hair relaxer products. This critical ruling allows the bulk of over 8,000 lawsuits to proceed, with a significant emphasis on claims linking hair relaxers to ovarian cancer.

At the heart of these lawsuits is the alarming allegation that the use of chemical hair relaxers, predominantly targeted at women of color, is tied to an increased risk of ovarian cancer. This concern was propelled into the spotlight following a National Institutes of Health study, which suggested a potential link between the frequent use of these products and an elevated risk of ovarian cancer.

While some allegations related to fraud were not advanced due to lack of detailed substantiation, the primary accusations of negligence, product design defects, and inadequate consumer warnings about the risks have been upheld and will be addressed in the courts.

This litigation has brought critical attention to the issue of beauty brands specifically targeting Black and Brown women, as well as young girls, without providing sufficient information about the potential health risks, notably ovarian cancer. The legal teams, including prominent attorneys like Ben Crump and Jennifer Hoekstra, are dedicated to pursuing justice for the alleged damages caused by these hair relaxer products.

This latest court ruling signifies a significant step forward in the journey towards seeking justice and compensation for those affected, emphasizing the ongoing concerns surrounding the safety of chemical hair relaxers in the beauty industry. It marks an important development for the numerous individuals involved in this lawsuit, focusing on the alleged connection between hair relaxers and ovarian cancer.

Hair RelaxerS Linked to Ovarian Cancer IN RECENTLY FILED LAWSUITS

The Marin, Barrett and Murphy Law Firm is currently representing multiple clients in a nationwide Hair Relaxer Ovarian Cancer litigation. The lawsuits allege that the use of hair relaxers containing sodium hydroxide and calcium hydroxide increases the risk of developing ovarian cancer, which is often misdiagnosed or discovered too late.

Unfortunately, ovarian cancer is the deadliest common type of cancer among women since its symptoms are often disregarded until the disease has progressed beyond the point where it is possible to effectively treat it. Hence, women who have previously used hair relaxers or frequent users of chemical straighteners should be particularly vigilant of any changes in their physical state, such as stomach bloating or pelvic pressure, and should make an appointment with a medical professional as soon as possible if they have these symptoms. 

We at Marin & Barrett, Inc. are committed to pursuing justice and restitution for anyone who has been harmed by such a hazardous and defective product. When it comes to taking on the biggest companies that put profit before people, our team has both the legal experience and resources to get the job done. 

Contact Marin & Barrett immediately for more information on how to join this hair relaxer litigation if you or a loved one has used hair straighteners or chemical hair relaxer products and subsequently been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. By working together, we can guarantee that consumers, like Black women who are statistically most at risk, are made aware of the dangers posed by the toxic chemicals in hair relaxers and aid individuals who have been harmed by their usage to get justice from these cosmetic companies or even the biggest hair relaxer manufacturer. 

Get in touch with our law firm by calling (888) 348-2735 or visit the Marin, Barrett, and Murphy Law Firm at 3 Broad St Suite 405 Charleston, SC 29401, United States.

Don’t Ignore the Early Signs and Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer

Being a silent killer with a five-year survival rate for stages three to four, the ability to recognize the symptoms of ovarian cancer early on might be the difference between life and death for a woman. To be aware of what to watch for and to take preventive measures if necessary, here are some of the signs and symptoms that may indicate ovarian cancer.

  1. Abdominal Pain and Sudden Weight Loss: This occurs as a result of the growth of tumors inside the ovaries, which in turn promotes inflammation within the abdominal cavity. In addition, patients may suffer hormone imbalances, bloating, cramping, or a rapid sense of fullness after consuming a very modest meal. 
  2. Changes in Urinary and Bowel Routines: Ovarian cancer might be the cause of altered urine patterns, such as the need to urinate more often or the inability to urinate at all. In addition, some people may have diarrhea or constipation for more than two weeks without any obvious triggers like food poisoning or an allergy.  
  3. Nausea and Vomiting: Ovarian cancer symptoms may also include nausea and vomiting, particularly if there is no other obvious explanation for their occurrence, such as food poisoning or allergic reactions. Some patients may discover that they are unable to keep food or fluids down as a result of intense nausea or vomiting that just will not go away, even when treated with antacids or other home remedies. 

There is no foolproof method of preventing this silent killer, but being aware of possible signs is one approach to protecting yourself. Women at risk should keep an eye out for any strange changes in their bodies that persist for longer than two weeks, and if anything appears askew, they should talk to their doctor about it.

Related Illnesses

  • Uterine Cancer
  • Endometrial Cancer
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Breast Cancer