Does "Dark & Lovely" Hair Relaxer Cause Cancer?

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Lawsuit Filed Against Manufacturer After 35-Year-Old Develops Ovarian Cancer

A 35-year-old woman has filed a lawsuit alleging that she developed ovarian cancer after repeated use of Dark & Lovely, Optimum, Motions hair relaxer. The lawsuit is one of many that have been filed recently against the makers of these products due to their use of toxic, potentially carcinogenic chemicals.

At Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs, we provide compassionate representation for women who have suffered unimaginable harm after using these dangerous and defective products. Scientific research indicates that many chemical hair relaxers contain toxic chemicals linked to an increased risk of cancer.

If you were diagnosed with cancer after using Dark & Lovely or another hair relaxer, contact our office. Call (713) 751-0025 to schedule a free consultation.

Does the Use of Chemical Hair Relaxers Cause Cancer?

As reported by About Lawsuits, 35-year-old Tamara Sigars has filed a lawsuit against the makers of Dark & Lovely, Optimum, Motions after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. According to her complaint, she had used the chemical hair relaxer since she was 16 years old. The product allegedly contains dangerous toxins including endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) that have been linked to an increased risk of cancer.

As a result of her diagnosis, Sigars had to have a hysterectomy and undergo chemotherapy. She joins a growing group of women that have reportedly suffered irreparable harm after using Dark & Lovely and similar hair relaxers. It is expected, according to About Lawsuits, that thousands of women will file similar lawsuits against the makers and distributors of these products in 2023.

What Chemicals Are in Hair Relaxers Like “Dark & Lovely?”

It is believed that chemical hair relaxers contain a number of dangerous toxins including endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), phthalates, formaldehyde, and parabens. Many of the chemicals found in hair relaxing products are known human carcinogens, meaning they are cancer-causing toxins.

Research indicates that chemical hair relaxers may cause adverse health conditions. A study by the National Institutes of Health found a link between the frequent use of these products and an increased risk of cancer. Several manufacturers and distributors have been named in recent lawsuits with many more expected to be filed in the future.

What Manufacturers Have Been Named in Hair Relaxer Lawsuits?

Some of the largest beauty product manufacturers in the world have been named in lawsuits related to these potentially deadly products.

In the most recent lawsuit, Sigars filed a claim against:

  • L’Oreal
  • SoftSheen-Carson
  • Strength of Nature
  • Namaste Laboratories

Other manufacturers and distributors include Revlon, Coppola, Silk Elements, Just for Me, and Soft & Beautiful. Frequent use of these products is linked to a nearly 2x increase in the risk of developing certain kinds of cancer.

Contact Our Office to Learn More

If you or a loved one was diagnosed with cancer after using Dark & Lovely, Optimum, Motions or another hair relaxer, contact our office at (713) 751-0025 to schedule a free consultation. We have secured over $1 billion for injured parties in Houston and throughout Texas. Call now to speak directly with an experienced member of our legal team. There are no fees unless we win.

At Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs, we draw from over a century of combined legal know-how and expertise. With the tenacity to win and the resources to get us there, our lawyers provide strong representation for injured victims and their families.