In the cosmetics industry, hair relaxers are among products that currently face scrutiny for alleged links to serious health risks, mainly ovarian and cervical cancer. However, the legal landscape surrounding this issue is highly complex and still developing. 
Hair relaxers are often used by women to straighten naturally curly or kinky hair. Some studies suggest an increased risk of cancer, particularly ovarian and cervical, due to the harsh chemicals present in these products. 
Chemicals such as lye (sodium hydroxide), calcium hydroxide, and guanidine carbonate are known to cause a significant amount of harm when directly exposed to the skin or inhaled. Lawsuits against hair relaxer manufacturers argue that the companies have failed to disclose the potential risks adequately. The allegations include negligence, breach of warranty, and failure to warn. 
As these lawsuits are rather complex and still emerging, claimants often face an uphill battle. The science connecting hair relaxer use to ovarian and cervical cancer is still under debate within medical and scientific circles. This lack of consensus can make it challenging to amass the necessary evidence to support a legal claim. However, victories are possible. Several lawsuits are at various stages in the court process. Individuals who feel they may have a claim due to hair relaxer use should seek legal counsel.
Despite the challenges, the potential risks associated with hair relaxers emphasize the importance of transparency and consumer safety.
Date: October 18, 2023
Author: Brandon Salter and Anoop Desai